AiNET brings dark fibre to Washington DC metro system

18 July 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe


As part of modernisation efforts to Washington DC’s metro system, Maryland's AiNET will connect WMATA stations to dark fibre.

Emergency alerts, 911 calls, health and safety bulletins will now travel over the privately-owned telecommunications provider’s dark fibre to regional metro stations at gigabit speed. It will increase streamline emergency response at major transit stations in the region

Deepak Jain, CEO at AiNET, says he is proud the company had been selected to perform this critical network service. "They know AiNET can build, connect and maintain these optical fibre communications networks and help bring Metro up to the 21st century standard that metro's riders demand," said Jain.

"They know we stand behind them 100%, and are just as committed to the success of the project as they are. And metro riders will benefit from increased safety and security communication infrastructure in the stations getting the upgrades."

AiNET owns and maintains more than 10,000 miles of both lit and dark fibre network in the Maryland, DC and Virginia region. AiNET's fibre network connects their four highly-secure, highly-redundant data centres in the Baltimore and Washington DC metropolitan regions. Washington area metro riders will benefit from the experience AiNET brings to large scale fibre-optic deployments.

Washington DC's metro system has a daily ridership of nearly 750,000, handling over 250,000,000 trips per year over a network of 91 systems and more than 1,100 rail cars. Metro is in the process of overhauling its transit network via the SafeTrack initiative.