Wi-Fi trial in­tro­duced for NSW buses

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Syd­ney bus cus­tomers are set to start ac­cess­ing free Wi-Fi on their ride as a trial of 50 buses with the new tech­nol­ogy hits the streets.

New South Wales Min­is­ter for Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture An­drew Con­stance wel­comed the trial on some State Tran­sit Au­thor­ity buses and says it is ex­cit­ing to see an­other ex­am­ple of how pub­lic trans­port can be en­hanced with tech­nol­ogy.

“Many peo­ple rely on be­ing con­nected to their smart­phone, of­ten us­ing the time of their com­mute to catch up on news, emails and so­cial me­dia – so it is pleas­ing to see th­ese types of tri­als un­der­way,” Con­stance says.

“We are al­ways look­ing for ways to im­prove the cus­tomer experience across all pub­lic trans­port ser­vices, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to pro­vid­ing re­li­a­bil­ity and con­ve­nience.”

The tech­nol­ogy be­ing used in the trial has been de­vel­oped by APN Out­door and will help to pro­vide free and easy ac­cess to travel in­for­ma­tion, news, sport, weather and en­ter­tain­ment.

“Cus­tomers who ride a bus that is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the trial are prompted to down­load a free and sim­ple app which al­lows them to quickly and eas­ily web­surf the bus ride away,” Con­stance says.

If the trial is suc­cess­ful, APN Out­door says up to 1000 buses across the city could be fit­ted with the tech­nol­ogy by the end of the year.

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