Man. United coaches gets on-board datacoms

Team coaches for football clubs including Manchester United and Wigan Athletic have been equipped with wobile WiFi gateways from Icomera to provide in-vehicle hotspot connectivity at broadband speeds.

The Icomera’s Moovbox M200 gateways will allow Premiere League footballers traveling on coaches operated by Eavesway Travel to access the Internet and email while in transit, and also enabling Eavesway to communicate with drivers, and to send operational information such as schedules and itinerary amendments.

The Moovbox is a ruggedised industrial-grade Wi-Fi access point and cellular router, offering multiple WAN radios for automatic failover and bandwidth aggregation between carriers, and featuring built-in GPS for real-time positioning. Moovbox also offers multi-port secure Ethernet for IP-CCTV, DVR, and telematics equipment with remote in-bound access for device control. It also supports upgradeability to future technologies such as WiMAX and LTE. The multi-user MoovManage service provides real-time device tracking, schedule adherence monitoring, remote device configuration, and Wi-Fi portal and usage statistics.

Eavesway Travel utilises Vodafone's 3G HSPA network which offers speeds up to 7.2Mbps. The company runs a fleet of 27 Van Hool coaches. The Internet-enabled vehicles are branded with the 'Eavesway Exclusive' livery. Manchester United has been an Eavesway client since 1999; with the arrival of the new Moovbox-equipped team coach, the football club extended its contract until 2013.

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