MetrôRio stations - Flamengo, Largo do Machado and Catete - of Rio de Janeiro's subway service are now WiFi enabled. The new free WiFi service is provided by Linktel and the stations are equiped with Cisco Aironet 2602-i Access Points and the Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller. In addition, Cisco Prime architecture integrates the solution to Prime LAN Management Solutions (LMS) and Prime Network Control System (NCS) in a single package.
According to Cisco, the infrastructure was deployed in a "star" topology, interconnected with the concessionaire central with Wi-Fi points arranged in mezzanines and the platforms. The MetrôRio Wi-Fi is also employed by commercial establishments within the stations. Linktel has a sales team that provides the service in a shared link to the stores, which then use the wireless Internet for their day-to-day operations.
The concessionaire intends to implement free Wi-Fi in all 36 stations of its two lines by the end of this year.