STARHUB and the National University of Singapore (NUS), in collaboration with private coach operator ComfortDelGro Bus and Veniam, a company that delivers the Internet of Moving Things, on Thursday announced the deployment of Singapore's first mesh network of connected vehicles at NUS's Kent Ridge campus.
Unlike conventional wireless network infrastructure, the mesh platform leverages vehicles as mobile Wi-Fi access points that connect to one another and to fixed points in buildings throughout the NUS campus.
This helps to extend overall Wi-Fi network coverage and enables a myriad of Internet of Things (IoT) devices to be connected to the network. The wireless mesh access points are powered by a combination of Dedicated Short Range Communications-connected vehicle technology, 4G and Wi-Fi, and provides handovers and continuous connectivity.
With this deployment, NUS staff and students can access seamless Wi-Fi while travelling on NUS campus shuttle buses. It also allows commercial partners to leverage the anonymised data generated from this network to analyse and address urban challenges facing Singapore's logistics and transportation companies.
The year-long project at NUS is part of StarHub's Connected Labs initiative, which aims to build an extensive test-lab for developers and researchers to validate their solutions in a real-life environment, through the use of actionable data and analytical insights.
This pilot collaboration is also part of the NUS Living Lab initiative, led by the Interactive and Digital Media Institute at NUS, to transform the university into a major test-bed or large living laboratory for new technologies so that startups, firms or multinational corporations can use NUS as a real-world setting to test new services before they are commercialised.