Municipality WiFi Networks
Achieving three-dimensional coverage in a multi-storey
downtown environment is critical for meeting
end user expectations as well as increasing the
size of the total available market of end users.
Solutions that only provide street level and first
level coverage in dense multi-storey downtown
environments fall short of the mark by limiting the
size of the market and the utility of the network for
end users. Three-dimensional coverage whereby quality usable signal is present in the upper levels of multi-storey buildings
helps better leverage the network asset and accelerate the time to achieve a return on investment.
The infrastructure-mesh network architecture results in a low latency network with quality usable signal, as well as robust
bandwidth, being available at the network edge. This is important for the support of latency sensitive applications such as
video surveillance/CCTV and voice.
Other important features such as the ability to use multiple SSIDs on the network and apply different security and quality of
service rules to different user groups are important and enable a variety of business models to be
used for commercialization of the network.
Metro Wi-Fi networks are being deployed by:
- Wireless ISPs to deliver high-speed fixed and mobile voice and data services
- Fixed line ISPs who want to expand their product offering by offering complementary mobile products, enabling them to attract new customers while increasing the "loyalty" of existing customers
- Municipalities who want to both provide emergency services (e.g. police, fire, ambulance) and differentiated high-speed IP services to residents and businesses (including CCTV)
Muni Wifi is key to maximizing network economics, as the software, management and hardware combine to enable the operation of multiple independent networks on a single metro-scale Wi-Fi mesh infrastructure - without compromising performance, reliability or security. Individual user communities such as public safety, other municipal field workers and public access users can operate independently on the system, segregating information access, administration, and user access levels. It is possible to provide public access on the same network. The result is one capital investment that can be leveraged over time across a variety of municipal applications, making it the most economical solution available today.
High-speed Connections - Literally
Mesh network technology is not limited to stationary destinations. Successful installations have been setup along highways and railroads. These networks deliver high-speed voice and data services to customers in vehicles traveling at more than 80mph.
Highway/railway Wi-Fi networks are increasingly being demanded by:
- Government bodies for the provision of high-speed video, voice and data services to first responders, including law enforcement officers, border and immigration officers, and fire and emergency services
- ISPs and carriers to provide wireless voice and data services to highway/railway users and to communities close by the highway/railway
- Mangers of the highways and railways to provide improved real time management information to enhance the operations of the transportation infrastructure
Services that are being deployed on highway/railway Wi-Fi networks include:
- Road and rail management systems
- Real time video for traffic management and for security services
- High-speed mobile voice, data and video services for both users and operators of the transportation system