Korean Highway Corporation Tests Highway Wi-Fi
June 03, 2008
The state-run KHC is testing a solution from California-based Strix Systems that will enable broadband access along the entire length of the highway that runs between Koreas two largest cities, Seoul and Pusan. In initial tests, the network successfully streamed high-bandwidth video to vehicles moving at speeds over 100 km/h.
Calabasas, CA-based Strix Systems announced yesterday that the state-run Korean Highway Corp (KHC) will be using its Access/One Outdoor Wireless System (OWS) in an intelligent highway infrastructure test bed. The multi-phase, multi-year nationwide highway project will connect Koreas two largest cities, Seoul and Pusan.
The project is designed to help determine a more cost-effective method than cellular to deliver multimedia applications to a wide range of end-users, including those in moving vehicles. The Strix system is designed to enable the delivery of streaming video and voice to and from public safety and commuter vehicles. It also provides the architecture for a simplified communications infrastructure for traffic control and related systems.
The 31-kilometer test bed is located on the Kyungbu highway between Pangyo and Osan. In the tests, KHC is hoping for a solution that can achieve continuous fluid 8 Mbps end-to-end connections for streaming video, VoIP, and multimedia applications from vehicles moving at speeds reaching 100 km/h (roughly 62 mph).
We have not seen such a large area deployment of wireless mesh network with WLAN technology in the world, said Kim Hongchol, Manager, KHC in a press release. The main application of this project is to monitor real, local highway road status and to transfer it to drivers in real time through the mesh network."
KHC hopes to use the network for public safety, as well as other applications. Strix is distributed in Korea by Broadwave.
Naomi Graychase is Managing Editor at Wi-FiPlanet.