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11-Dec-2013 Print page

RFS Supports BAI Canada’s Wireless Infrastructure for Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Underground Subway Stations

CELLFLEX® Foam Dielectric Coaxial Cable Used in Phase 1 of Project

Meriden, CT (United States), December 11, 2013 – Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), the global wireless and broadcast infrastructure specialist, today announced that its 7/8” CELLFLEX® foam dielectric coaxial cable has been used in Phase 1 of BAI Canada’s project to build a shared wireless Wi-Fi and cellular infrastructure that will enable wireless communications services for Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) riders within underground subway stations. The first two stations to launch on the BAI wireless platform will be Bloor & Yonge and St. George. BAI Canada plans to bring wireless service to 65 underground stations total by 2017.

The new wireless platform will allow transit riders access to real-time alerts, arrival and departure information and transit updates from their personal devices, as well as offer connectivity for the internet, social media, email and many web-based applications. The entire project will cover all public areas including platforms, mezzanines, walkways and stairwells.

RFS’ CELLFLEX foam dielectric cables combine remarkable flexibility with high strength and superior electrical performance. The cable construction allows easy handling and easy preparation for attachment of connectors together with high resistance to connector pull-off. Used as antenna feeders, cabling of antenna arrays, radio equipment interconnections, jumper assemblies or indoor applications, CELLFLEX foam dielectric cables provide a reliable and technically superior solution for many wireless applications.

“When taking on a project of this magnitude to provide consistent, reliable wireless service in underground environments, partnering with the right vendors was critical to our success,” said Brian Jacks, CEO, BAI Canada. “RFS has had proven success in subway system installations and its products are well-known for high quality, flexibility, and the ability to provide outstanding performance.”

BAI Canada selected CELLFLEX because it is a proven product in subway environments and its frequency response covered all of the required bands to meet the demands on the network. BAI’s US company, Transit Wireless, previously tapped RFS to provide support to build a state of the art wireless network in the New York City subway system.

“Delivering wireless service in underground subway stations has many unique challenges that RFS understands well, and has been trusted to overcome in projects around the world,” said Suzanne Kasai, business development manager, enterprise markets, RFS. “We are pleased that our coaxial cable provided the solution BAI Canada needed for the initial phase of this project and look forward to providing additional support in other phases.”

Trademarks: RFS® is a registered trademark of Radio Frequency Systems. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About RFS
Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) is a global designer and manufacturer of cable, antenna and tower systems, as well as active and passive RF conditioning modules, providing total-package solutions for outdoor and indoor wireless infrastructure. RFS serves OEMs, distributors, system integrators, operators and installers. Its customers currently include the four largest wireless carriers, the majority of tier 2 and 3 wireless carriers in North America and many of the top wireless and microwave OEMS worldwide.

For more than 70 years, RFS has provided its customers world-class service that today is backed by a global presence of nine manufacturing facilities worldwide and sales and technical support centers in 23 countries.  RFS offers advanced engineering capabilities, superior field support, and expert technical assistance and training to provide scalable, flexible, future-proof and lightweight end-to-end solutions optimized across the entire RF chain. As an ISO-compliant organization, RFS solutions offer proven longevity, premium performance and unrivalled quality. 

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About BAI
BAI Canada is part of a group of global experts that design, build, operate, maintain and own underground communication networks. BAI Canada is a subsidiary of Canadian-owned BAI Group, a global leader in wireless communications for underground transit systems. BAI Group is building and operating the wireless network in the New York subway. It has also been involved in deploying and maintaining communication networks for some of the most complex subway systems around the world, including Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation.
BAI Canada is building a robust, high quality network in Toronto for the TTC and its riders. BAI Canada will own and operate the subway wireless communications network and function as a single point of contact for all Toronto licensed Wireless Service Providers to extend their cellular services to the TTC’s more than 1.7 million daily riders.

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Marketing and Communications Specialist   
Phone: + 1 203 630 3311
Cell: + 1 203 715 1595

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