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As emerging markets continue to look to transportation and rail infrastructure improvements to further their own growth, access to improved technology continues to grow in importance to ensure that modern and reliable transport through the continent’s corridors are fully and sustainably operational. According to Bruce Pitso, regional manager for Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) South Africa, this requires an integrated long-term perspective with technology as a critical cornerstone. 

“Transportation hubs – whether focused on cargo or passengers - are changing,” says Pitso. “As governments look at transportation projects to support national objectives such as job creation, strategic growth and industrialization, they are looking at ways to optimize transport operations, improve network efficiency and scheduling and increase passenger usage through improved customer experience – and many are turning to technology and Wi-Fi to create smart stations.”

These new smart stations are part of the emerging global trend to create smart cities. The concept involves using state-of-the-art communications technology that improves municipal operations and services to enhance the way of life for residents and visitors of major urban centers. The deployment of Wi-Fi networks here is designed to not only provides a high-performance wireless Internet access experience for passengers, but they also provide comprehensive, real-time data for station operators.

“Passengers need real-time access to schedules, gate and ticket information, maps and/or other guidance as they pass through the station terminals,” says Pitso. “Wi-Fi not only provides an ideal method for these activities, it also provides a platform for new revenue generating services such as additional Wi-Fi access or 3G/4G offload, as well as support for terminal operational needs such as point-of-sale, digital signage and video security. From a commercial perspective, there is also a global trend for transportation cargo and fleet services to become more involved in value added activities such as cargo processing and logistics, which will require new processes, practices and technological advances around stock control and integration, as well as better wireless connectivity.”

“As telematics technology evolves with faster networks, more data becomes available to manage fleets efficiently including real-time driver safety coaching, fleet maintenance, fuel monitoring and productivity tools. Telematics solutions provide improved prognostics for vehicle maintenance, thereby preventing breakdowns, unnecessary time delays and financial losses. The rich data and reports provided by telematics technology, becomes invaluable for the modern transport operator,” says Grant Fraser, Director of Product and Marketing, MiX Telematics (Africa). “Smartphone applications provide quick access to telematics data, enabling fleet managers to make real-time decisions and keep track of their vehicles, drivers and other mobile assets at all times. By implementing technologies that minimize risk and improve efficiency, businesses can optimize transport operations.”

Transport has a fundamental role to play in South Africa – not only from a commuter transportation perspective, but also critically in regards to the freight industry, taking exports and imports into consideration. The viability of a stable transport sector will rely heavily on new and innovative technologies to drive forth effective, streamlined operations and reduce costs and so it is now that the sector needs to take advantage of the benefits such technologies can offer.

Ruckus Wireless will be exhibiting at this year’s Africa Rail 2016 - Africa’s longest running and most successful railways event. Visit the Ruckus Wireless team at exhibition stand P2 on the 28th and 29th June.

ABOUT RUCKUS WIRELESS

Ruckus Wireless, Inc., now part of Brocade, delivers simply better wireless for approximately 70,000 enterprise, service provider, government and small business customers worldwide. The company is focused on technology innovation, partner ecosystems and customer service—yielding the best possible wireless experience for the most challenging indoors and outdoor environments. Its Smart Wi-Fi platform delivers scalable, high-performance Wi-Fi with simplified control and management for on-premise and cloud-based Wi-Fi deployments, along with new services for secure on-boarding, policy management, location services and analytics that enable new business opportunities.

Ruckus and Ruckus Wireless are trademarks of Ruckus Wireless, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other product or company names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

ABOUT MIX TELEMATICS

MiX Telematics is a leading global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions delivered as SaaS to more than 566,000 subscribers in over 120 countries. The company’s products and services provide enterprise fleets, small fleets and consumers with solutions for efficiency, safety, compliance and security. MiX Telematics was founded in 1996 and has offices in South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uganda, Brazil, Australia and the United Arab Emirates as well as a network of more than 130 fleet partners worldwide. MiX Telematics shares are publicly traded on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE: MIX) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MIXT). For more information, visit www.mixtelematics.com.

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