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Connecting transit
providers to the future
with Formula 1-derived
antenna technology
Many experienced companies already
operate in the mass transit connectivity
industry, what does McLaren Applied bring
to the field?
With more than 30 years at the cutting
edge of motorsport, including NASCAR,
Formula 1 and IndyCar, McLaren Applied
brings a unique perspective to vehicle
As a result of the uniquely demanding
environment in which our customers
compete, we haven't simply been required
to develop a vehicle connectivity solution.
Rather, using the enviable R&D budgets
of top tier motorsport, we have created
the highest bandwidth, most reliable,
most energy efficient and lowest maintenance
solution possible.
Until recently, this technology would
arguably have been overkill for public
transit or commercial applications, but
that's rapidly changing. Passengers and
customers already have far higher connectivity
expectations and, standing
as we are on the cusp of a connectivity
revolution, with the Internet of Things,
autonomous cars and software-defined
vehicles all on the horizon, there is now
a clear need for McLaren Applied's advanced
What sets McLaren Applied's hardware
apart from existing antenna solutions?
Our 5G intelligent edge antenna hardware
is not only smaller, lighter and more
durable than many existing solutions, but
offers built-in functionality that the vast
majority cannot.
The Halo 300 doesn't just provide
significantly better performance than a
traditional 5G solution, but the built-in
edge computing capability, eSIM technology,
dual modems and WiFi allow it
to simultaneously connect to any data
network providers at a given time. This
allows our Fleet Connect software to provide
true multi-network, multi-signal aggregation
by using multiple cellular data
networks, all base stations and optional
WiFi networks within range to provide
zero or near zero disruption in service.
In this way McLaren Applied has, to all
intents and purposes, solved the handover
disconnect problem.
A CANBUS interface and the ability to
support additional applications offer futureproof
expandability, while the single
wiring harness ensures unrivalled ease
of installation, greatly reduced energy
consumption and lower maintenance.
How does software play a role in giving the
Halo 300 an edge over the competition?
The remarkable performance and reliability
of our 5G intelligent edge antenna
hardware provides the foundation on
which our state-of-the-art Fleet Connect
software can perform.
Fleet Connect uses the patented process
of aggregation to rapidly switch
between the strongest network signal
providers at any given moment, splitting
transmitted data across these networks in
real time and reassembling it in the cloud
en route to its destination. By operating
in this way, Fleet Connect delivers far
better performance than conventional
alternatives, reducing blackspots and
providing a consistent high-bandwidth
connectivity stream.
What are the benefits of this combination
to operators and passengers?
Any moving vehicle application, and
mass transit operators in particular,
could find remarkable time and cost savings
in the provision of a reliable uplink
for real-time remote monitoring, vehicle
diagnostics, fleet optimization, tracking
and management.
A dependable high-bandwidth WiFi
connection, meanwhile, enables passengers
to enjoy more comfortable, productive
journeys. Recent studies have shown
that this sort of connectivity plays an increasing
role in trip satisfaction, not only
attracting new passengers but retaining
current ones too. With both regular
commuters and the occasional traveler
expecting to be able to work, stream and
communicate whether travelling by bus,
car, train or plane, it's a trend we only
expect to continue.
You mentioned being on the cusp of a connectivity
revolution, what kind of opportunities
will this technology enable going forward?
The key thing to understand about the
coming connectivity revolution is that
none of us currently knows the full extent
of the opportunities it provides. What
we do know, however, is that they will
be data driven. McLaren Applied has
therefore not only sought to solve today's
problem, connectivity, to allow for future
expansion to address both anticipated
and as-yet-unknown problems as well.
For example, some Halo 300 versions
feature built in micro location technology,
enabling vehicle tracking down to the
centimeter. This not only offers incredible
fleet monitoring benefits today, but will
be vital for the accuracy of autonomous
applications in future, allowing vehicles
to safely maneuver in any environment.
This is just one example of the opportunities
that 5G intelligent edge antenna
technology opens up, and of the necessity
for fleet managers to consider how
to futureproof their vehicles.
About the author
Jimmy Morgan serves
as business development
manager, Connected
Intelligence for McLaren
Applied. A long-time
technology professional, Jimmy specializes
in the delivery of innovative on-board and
infrastructure hardware and software solutions
for the transport industry.
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March/April 2023

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of March/April 2023

Editor’s Notebook
People & Places
Why Zero-Emissions Fleet Transformation Starts at the Top
A Look at U.S. Bus Fleets
Have We Outgrown Paratransit?
Santa Cruz Metro Bounces Back from COVID-19 Pandemic
Ready for Rail: A Look at 2023’s Big Projects
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March/April 2023 - Editor’s Notebook
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March/April 2023 - People & Places
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March/April 2023 - Why Zero-Emissions Fleet Transformation Starts at the Top
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March/April 2023 - A Look at U.S. Bus Fleets
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March/April 2023 - Have We Outgrown Paratransit?
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March/April 2023 - Santa Cruz Metro Bounces Back from COVID-19 Pandemic
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March/April 2023 - Ready for Rail: A Look at 2023’s Big Projects
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March/April 2023 - Products
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