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13 January, 2016 - 12:15 By Kate Sweeney

Cambridge tech drives smart city transport system in Poland


Cambridge Broadband Networks Limited is playing a leading role in delivering a new intelligent transport system (ITS) to enhance smart city capabilities in Rzeszow – the largest city in south-eastern Poland.

CBNL is the market leader in point-to-multipoint (PMP) microwave and is working alongside transmissions systems integrator VSAT System on the project. 

The network marks the latest project between CBNL and VSAT System, whose collaboration has put Rzeszow at the forefront of smart city innovation. Previous work has included providing connectivity for the Rzeszow Metropolitan Area Network, successfully backhauling over 100 public Wi-Fi hotspots and deploying wireless broadband to more than 100 city schools and offices.

The ITS provides a single integrated communication system between public transport vehicles, traffic management systems and the public, making it quicker, easier and safer to move around the city. At its heart is CBNL’s carrier-grade VectaStar PMP microwave platform, that provides the wireless infrastructure to connect key elements of the network.

This includes a system of traffic light management and CCTV feeds from 50 crossroads; passenger information and ticketing offices/machines; backup links for the city crisis headquarters and dynamic truck weighting system.

By integrating communication to a single control centre, traffic can be monitored and controlled easily. This enables congestion to be quickly resolved, creating highly reliable public transportation services.

People can better plan their journeys though accessing live transport information and emergency vehicles can avoid traffic hot spots, enabling a fast response.

The business case presented by VectaStar provided a wireless solution that had the optimum balance of performance and cost efficiency to realise Rzeszow’s smart city vision. This included interference free services through using licensed spectrum, up to 300Mb/s per link and total cost of ownership savings of up to 50 percent compared to fibre or point-to-point microwave. 

The added flexibility and time-to-market benefits of VectaStar enabled a smooth network roll out that can be scaled to support future services.
Leslaw Bandur, director of IT for the city of Rzeszow said: “The launch of the ITS is testament to the excellent partnership between the city and CBNL. 

“We had tremendous success working together when introducing the first smart city capabilities to Rzeszow, enabling us to deliver advanced services and reduce our telecommunication operating costs by more than 60 percent. 

“The performance, flexibility and efficiency of VectaStar was key in supporting us to deliver the ITS. This, together with CBNL and VSAT’s expert consultancy, ensured a smooth and successful roll out.”

CBNL has been pioneering next generation microwave transmission equipment since 2000. VectaStar is one of the world’s leading solutions for enterprise access, macro or small cell backhaul. Privately-held, CBNL has headquarters in Cambridge UK, with offices in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Dubai.  

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