Fi­nally get­ting con­nected and ending rail frus­tra­tion

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THE vi­tal rail­way line con­nect­ing Glas­gow and Ed­in­burgh has of­ten left com­muters feel­ing dis­con­nected from the world. Failed in­ter­net re­quests cause frus­tra­tion and af­fect pro­duc­tiv­ity. They stymie at­tempts at re­search and stop trav­ellers keep­ing up with world events or just read­ing re­ports of last night’s foot­ball match.

There are good tech­ni­cal rea­sons for this – tun­nels, em­bank­ments, and Mother

Na­ture get­ting in the way. And just be­cause we de­mand ev­ery­thing in­stantly nowa­days doesn’t mean it can be mag­icked into be­ing. How­ever, it can come about us­ing soft­ware de­vel­oped in Asia.

In­ter­na­tional net­work­ing com­pany Cisco has been work­ing with ScotRail to bring this to Scot­land, and the Ed­in­burghGlas­gow line will be used for a UK-backed trial be­fore the sys­tem is rolled out else­where. For the first time, pas­sen­gers will be able to use su­per­fast broad­band for a re­li­able con­nec­tion, in­stead of trav­el­ling hope­fully and ar­riv­ing dis­ap­pointed.

In re­cent years, lack of dig­i­tal ac­cess has left com­muters feel­ing they might as well be on an iron horse belch­ing steam. Now they face the joy­ful prospect of be­ing able to work on the train, if they so wish. Cabs and restau­rant ta­bles could be booked. A lit­tle learn­ing might also be un­der­taken, as rail travel broad­bands the mind. It is surely what most pas­sen­gers want. Make it so, Mr Cisco.

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