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Sailing and surfing: free Wi-Fi for ferry passengers

11 April 2017

Red Funnel Ferries

Red Funnel Ferries

Each year, Red Funnel Ferries carries nearly 3.5 million passengers between Southampton and the Isle of Wight.

Its fleet comprises six vessels: three high-speed catamarans for foot passengers take 25 minutes to travel the 11 miles between the city and West Cowes, while three conventional ships, which carry both foot passengers and vehicles, make the journey to East Cowes in 60 minutes.

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Ain’t no mountain high enough...

11 April 2017

More than 300 trains a day now pass under the Swiss Alps at 155mph – and passengers have 4G mobile coverage all the way.

The Gotthard Base Tunnel is 35 miles long and took 16 years to construct at a cost of £8.2bn. It means that a Lugano-Zurich journey now takes two hours, cutting 45 minutes off the time taken in the old rail tunnel which opened in 1882.

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New IT keeps them flying around the world

11 April 2017

With a fleet of 500 helicopters, Bristow Group is headquartered in Houston and has 3,500 staff.

It is organised into four regions, Europe, Africa, Americas and Asia Pacific, and has operations around the world, including servicing North Sea rigs and search and rescue for HM Coastguard.

The company needed a cost-effective way to standardise application delivery to its devices and to ensure that each was fully up-to-date with security and compliance patches. Bristow’s technical lead, client computing, Darren Linsdell, says: “Traditionally when it came to application deployment we used scripts, which was a very manual, time consuming process.

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Parking with security

17 February 2014

VINCI Park is said to be the world’s largest car park operator and manages nearly 1.5 million parking places in over 2,500 sites around the world including the UK, Europe and North America. It was founded in 2001 by VINCI which designs, builds, finances and manages the operation of on-street and off-street car parks for private and public entities.

Any organisation using, storing or transmitting credit card data must comply with the PCI-DSS standard. In 2011, VINCI Park researched a number of network security vendors that could meet the standard’s requirements and sent a request for proposal (RFP) to local integrators that represented those vendors.

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Monarch Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner training school data centre

30 January 2014

When Monarch Aircraft Engineering needed a new data centre for its Boeing 787 Dreamliner Training School it turned to AIT design and project manage the build.

Monarch Aircraft Engineering provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services for its sister company Monarch Airlines as well as a number of other airlines. With maintenance hangar facilities at London Luton Airport, Manchester Airport and Birmingham Airport they provide line maintenance throughout Europe and beyond on a wide range of aircraft types.

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O2 improves productivity for cab firm

30 January 2014

London-based CityFleet is part of the Comfort DelGro Group, claimed to be the  second largest ground transport provider in the world. It offers taxi and car services under the ComCab, DataCab, Call-a-Cab and Comfort Executive brands across the UK, and also operates a private charter coach company.

In London alone, CityFleet has 2,500 vehicles and round the clock mobile communication is central to its business. The company provides account customers with ‘Cabcharge’ cards which offer a convenient way to pay for taxi services without the need for cash. Around 13,000 transactions are carried out every day in the capital, each requiring data to go back and forth. It’s therefore critical that each message is transmitted and received quickly.

However, drivers often find themselves in parts of the city where high buildings, neon signs, tunnels and generally busy areas pose a challenge to reliable network coverage. CityFleet had been using a PMR (private mobile radio) network for its dispatch solution, but decided to move to a GPRS-based system which would allow it to send much richer data over the air, at a much faster rate with less degradation to service, and all without expensive infrastructure. 

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