Transit Wireless: Bringing Connectivity Underground

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Melinda White, CEO
The subway is one of the most used commuting options for people in New York for decades, and it still bears significance in today’s age of connected or smart cities. However, the subway system lacks one crucial element in its underground platforms that forms the lynchpin to embracing smart cities—connectivity throughout. “There was a time when you walked underground in New York City, and you would lose all network connectivity, not even for calling in an emergency. By end of 2016, Transit Wireless along with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) changed that, marking the start of a safe, engaging experience for millions of NYCT Subway riders,” states Melinda White, the CEO of Transit Wireless.

Transit Wireless designs, builds, finances, operates, and maintains wireless communications infrastructure to connect people, bring value to communities, and advance the economies for smart cities. “Transit Wireless is a neutral host distributed antenna system (DAS) and Wi-Fi network provider. Our robust IP network allows other entities and providers to access this network, bringing seamless underground connectivity to commuters,” says Melinda. The company operates in a public-private partnership model to foster wider network connectivity without impacting the taxpayer’s money and assumes all the responsibilities to ensure that it operates or performs at the expected level. Transit Wireless aggregates anonymous data from Wi-Fi network usage to understand traffic patterns, thereby empowering the transit authority, city, businesses, or brands to address the public demands through personalized services. In addition, Transit Wireless also monetizes its network and shares a portion of the generated revenue back to the transit operator.

Piggybacking on its advanced cellular, Wi-Fi, and fiber technology solutions, Transit Wireless has secured a 27-year contract with the MTA to build and operate a multi-application high-speed communications infrastructure supporting consumer connectivity, business connectivity, transit, and public safety communications needs. Under this contract, the company implemented a high quality, highly resilient infrastructure for secure private networks, public safety communications, emergency 911, public Wi- Fi, cellular, and broadband wireless access across the entire subway system, as per NYCT’s specifications.
“Our in-depth domain expertise enabled us to roll out extensive network infrastructure in one of the world’s busiest subway systems, which also often encounters extreme environmental conditions. We have deployed over 160 miles of fiber network to provide connectivity on 282 underground platforms in the NYCT subway system,” Melinda adds. In partnership with the four major mobile carriers and NYCT Subway, this advanced network operates licensed cellular bands, public unlicensed bands, and the 4.9 GHz public safety band to deliver improved public safety, enhanced rider experience and enable wireless carriers to extend connectivity to their customers.


Our robust IP network allows other entities and providers to access this network, bringing seamless underground connectivity to commuters

Unlike many of its competitors who build the network and hand over the operation piece to other organizations, Transit Wireless serves as a valuable partner to its customers and takes care of everything—from design all the way through maintenance—to deliver a carrier grade level of operations for the Transit Authority. Alongside this, the performance-driven and highly experienced team at Transit Wireless proactively takes care of the network to drive awareness and bolster the overall experience of the end-users. Equally unique is the ardent levels of attention, responsibility, and accountability the company displays in order to ensure the safety, network and data security for its customers’ networks.

Drawing on its expertise in design, build and maintenance of secured network infrastructure in the NYCT subway, Transit Wireless continues to adopt the latest technological developments for continuous improvement of its systems and meet the growing demands of subway riders. The company also looks forward to developing and designing more innovative solutions to stay at the forefront of the network infrastructure design arena for transit operations.

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Transit Wireless Adds Industry Leaders to Senior Team

NEW YORK: Transit Wireless, a leading neutral host wireless infrastructure company, announced that Eli Kay will join the company as chief financial officer and Michael Hoyt as senior vice president of Product Development, Engineering and Operations. Both employees will be members of the senior leadership team and will report directly to Melinda White, chief executive officer of Transit Wireless.

“Transit Wireless is thrilled to welcome Eli Kay and Michael Hoyt. Each bring a depth of knowledge and experience that adds value to the team,” said Melinda White. “We look forward to having two recognized industry leaders, who bring strategic vision, leadership and expertise to benefit customers.”

Eli Kay comes to Transit Wireless with more than 20 years of corporate finance, risk management, audit and tax experience. Most recently, Kay served as CFO for JFK International Terminal (Terminal 4), where he led the multibillion-dollar expansion and business negotiation with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Delta Airlines. Prior experience includes serving as CFO of Chicago Skyway as well as the San Mateo County Transit District. Kay began his career in public accounting and has held positions of increased responsibility across both public and private companies in manufacturing, high-tech and infrastructure.

A Certified Public Accountant, he will lead accounting, finance, procurement and IT for Transit Wireless, as well as be responsible for its overall financial strategy.

Michael Hoyt joins Transit Wireless with a deep understanding of how to design, build and operate IP networks. He has over 20 years of telecommunications and engineering experience, serving in senior executive positions at Level 3 Communications and Windstream. Prior to joining Transit Wireless, he served as an infrastructure consultant to several service providers across the United States and Europe.

Hoyt will be responsible for network operations, engineering and product, project management and design, including operations across Transit Wireless’ award-winning New York City subway network.

Transit Wireless Adds Sales Leadership and Expands Digital Media Business

NEW YORK: Transit Wireless, a leading neutral host wireless infrastructure company, announced the launch of a digital media business, expanding its offerings to provide additional products and services for the existing network in the New York City subway, as well as expand its wireless networks to other large public venues and transit systems. Transit Wireless' Wi-Fi solutions business includes data, advertising, internet of things, offload and other connected initiatives. Transit Wireless has hired Craig Collins as Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development and Amy McLaughlin, General Manager of Wi-Fi Data and Advertising, to support the business expansion. Both employees will be leaders of their respective departments and will report directly to Melinda White, CEO of Transit Wireless.

"Transit Wireless is proud to welcome Craig Collins and Amy McLaughlin, two esteemed leaders to our team. Both put the customer first and will unquestionably elevate the sales, advertising and business development divisions of our company," said Melinda White, CEO, Transit Wireless. "We look forward to growing our partnerships and product offerings under their leadership."

Craig Collins joins the Transit Wireless team as Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development to advance business growth strategies for the company. In this role, Craig will work closely with transit authorities to enable the build and delivery of market-leading wireless products and services. Craig will also oversee the launch of 5G and small cell deployment and expand products and services to include Smart City technologies.

Most recently, Craig served as the Senior Vice President, Global Accounts and Strategic Sales at Sungard Availability Services. Craig has more than 25 years of innovative senior leadership experience in IP, cloud, managed services, hosting, IT and communications technologies. He led launches, turnarounds and growth strategies for Fortune 500 communications companies including Time Warner Cable, XO Communications, Frontier Communications, Intermedia, Verizon (formerly Bell Atlantic) and AT&T.

Amy McLaughlin, General Manager of Wi-Fi Data and Advertising, joins Transit Wireless to create a new solutions business that leverages the Wi-Fi network. In her role, Amy will use her 20-plus years of experience building and leading the digital media strategy. She has worked in a number of different industries including automotive, tech and consulting at the intersection of data and technology. Prior to joining Transit Wireless, Amy served as Vice President of Data and Analytics at Mastercard, where she developed and led the banking and merchant product divisions.

Company
Transit Wireless

Headquarters
New York, NY

Management
Melinda White, CEO

Description
Transit Wireless designs, builds, finances, operates, and maintains wireless communications infrastructure to connect people, bring value to communities, and advance the economies for smart cities. The company operates in a public-private partnership model to foster wider network connectivity without impacting the taxpayer’s money and assumes all the responsibilities to ensure that it operates or performs at the expected level. Transit Wireless aggregates anonymous data from Wi-Fi network usage to understand traffic patterns, thereby empowering the transit authority, city, businesses, or brands to address the public demands through personalized services. In addition, Transit Wireless also monetizes its network and shares a portion of the generated revenue back to the transit operator

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