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More than 400 buses in Porto with free WiFi

Contributed by: Center of Competence for Future Cities

Users of public transports now have free internet access on buses circulating in the city of Porto. The "STCP Free WiFi" is an experimental service for 6 months that connects more than 400 buses, allowing passengers to access the free network "STCP | Porto Digital".
Users of public transports now have free internet access on buses circulating in the city of Porto (Portugal). The project was launched in September. The "STCP Free WiFi" is an experimental service for 6 months developed in partnership with several institutions and connects more than 400 buses, allowing passengers to access the free network "STCP | Porto Digital". The Mayor of Porto was at the inaugural trip and was the first to post a comment from a bus.

"It's something totally innovative and pioneering. Porto is the first European city to provide WiFi coverage in the public bus network," said João Barros, coordinator of the Center of Competence for Future Cities of the University of Porto and CEO of Veniam’Works. Pleased with the "strong commitment" of the Council of Porto, João Barros believes that this experience will increase the attractiveness of public transport, which "generates more revenue and improves the quality of urban life" as well as "increases the possibility of people with fewer financial resources to access the internet”. João Barros also added that San Francisco (United States of America), and Barcelona (Spain), "have shown interest in adopting this solution".

The "STCP Free WiFi" is the result of a partnership between several institutions such as STCP, Porto Digital, Veniam'Works, NOS, University of Porto, University of Aveiro and Instituto de Telecomunicações. The technology was developed by Veniam'Works (www.veniamworks.com) – a spin-off company of the Universities of Porto and Aveiro – and is innovative worldwide because it uses not only the cellular network but also the optical fibre network of Porto Digital, allowing the offload of huge volumes of traffic generated by the customers of STCP. The implementation of this patented technology "is the culmination of five years of work", which involved about 30 engineers, ten of which PhD’s at the Future Cities Project, said João Barros.

Within the Future Cities Project (www.futurecities.up.pt) – an European project that is building a ‘living lab’ in Porto – several industrial and university partners developed the largest vehicular network in the world. More than 400 STCP buses are now interconnected.
Beyond WiFi, the vehicular network also gathers bus data that may result in the optimization of energy consumption, mitigation of environmental impact, and management of road and public transport.

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    Center of Competence for Future Cities
    Campus da FEUP - sala i-225, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n
    4200-465 Porto
    Portugal
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    Center of Competence for Future Cities
    Campus da FEUP - sala i-225, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n
    4200-465, Porto
    Portugal
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Record Number: 122258 / Last updated on: 2014-10-15
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