Many municipalities, enterprise organizations, hospitals, educational institutions, and hospitality companies are interested in expanding Internet access beyond hotspots to enable employees, staff, students, and guests to move freely through campuses and complexes and stay connected-regardless of location. There is little doubt that consumers are just as eager to take advantage of wireless Internet access, based on the enormous popularity of Wi-Fi technology.
With the expansion of Wi-Fi clients and the vast availability of unlicensed bandwidth and new wireless routing protocols, it is now possible to provide Wi-Fi service across large outdoor venues using mesh networks. With mounting pressure to increase revenues while reducing costs without sacrificing service delivery, local government officials are formulating strategies to:
Enhance Public Safety through Video Monitoring & Surveillance
Using IT networks to integrate existing applications with new advanced applications, such as IP video surveillance and traffic monitoring systems.
Improve Public Service Delivery through Hot Regions
Increasing productivity and responsiveness of agency employees. This can be achieved by automating administrative tasks and by making information available to employees in the field, thereby reducing the need for trips back to headquarters.
Improve Interagency Collaboration through Community Access Networks
Deploying network-oriented applications to improve information exchange between municipal, states, local, federal and transportation agencies.
Improve Transportation Systems and Infrastructure through Hot Zones
Upgrading existing public transit and roadways with the latest intelligent transportation system (ITS) to better manage internal operations and to proactively prevent incidents by monitoring traffic and public safety in potential trouble areas.
Increase Economic Development through Temporary/Portable Networks
Forming city and community partnerships with neighborhood groups, schools, and small businesses to develop programs and create opportunities to promote economic growth in the city.
A properly designed and configured wireless network provides the necessary safeguards for data security and in-band radio interference. This is important for mobile users that require secure remote access over wireless LANs to connect back to their private data networks. Wireless technology enables flexible, mobile, and dynamic communications. It provides ease of deployment, the ability to deploy network devices where running fiber is cost-prohibitive, and the ability to quickly and easily add networked devices