U.S wireless connectivity provider Solid said it is currently enabling 2 billion wireless connections in New York City annually through the firm’s distributed antenna solutions (DASs) eployed across key infrastructure.
The company highlighted that the urban landscape of New York City is one of the most concentrated in the world as it includes soaring skyscrapers along with a vast maze of subway routes and road tunnels. Solid said that its DAS addresses wireless connectivity issues in demanding urban environments such as the subways, tunnels and airports in New York City.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) subway system requires wireless coverage in 472 stations serving 1.7 billion passengers a year. Solid leveraged its experience with other large subway systems to propose equipment for NYC’s subway. The company’s equipment had already proven itself in the subway system in Seoul, South Korea, the company said.
Solid’s DAS deployment in the NYC subway led to yet another deployment in Toronto. Solid’s Alliance Multi-Carrier DAS is now in the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway system, the company added.
“In the subway system, heat exchangers on the subway cars emit heat throughout the system. Officials carefully examine proposed equipment to confirm that it will hold up in such a hostile environment. Everything must meet stringent standards, right down to the paint chip samples,” the company said.
NYC’s three international airports also need state-of-the-art DAS to meet demand. JFK’s six terminals serve 60 million passengers per year. LaGuardia’s four terminals serve 30 million passengers a year, while Newark International operates three terminals serving another 30 million passengers earch year.
Also, the company deployed its DAS in the city’s main tunnels. The three tubes that comprise the Lincoln Tunnel span 8,000 feet and serve 35 million vehicles per year. The two tubes of the Holland Tunnel cover another 8,100 feet and serve 25 million vehicles on an annual basis. “DAS delivers vital wireless coverage in these unique environments,” the company said.
Solid also deployed its DAS solutions in some very well known buildings in New York.
“At the UN headquarters, Solid DAS helps to address the wireless needs of representatives from 193 countries,” the company said. “It also serves 1 million visitors per year. Solid’s DAS is also critical in the 2.2 million square feet Empire State Building. This iconic attraction hosts 3.5 million visitors per year.”