Pittsburgh Brings Wi-Fi to its Waterways


Author: Colin Wood
Coverage Type: reporting
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Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Airline passengers who find themselves 30,000 feet in the air can browse the Web, but if they traveled on a riverboat, they’d be out of luck -- something Pittsburgh is looking to change.

River vessels, used for both moving cargo and people, are often viewed as an outmoded form of transport, in part because of their reliance on old technology, such as VHF radio, with nary a Wi-Fi signal in sight. So to bring these river vessels up to snuff, so to speak, Pennsylvania's Port of Pittsburgh Commission (PPC) has launched its Wireless Waterways project. Working with students from Carnegie Mellon University and with volunteers, the PPC built a backbone for marine technology and Internet applications that expands across Pittsburgh’s three rivers -- the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers.

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