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Beaverton, OR
Location: United States
Abstract:

Beaverton, Oregon, has launched a powerful mobile broadband wireless network to support the public safety communications requirements of its police force in this fast growing community. The city is located seven miles west of Portland and encompasses 18.6 square miles. As Oregon's fifth largest city and the largest incorporated city in Washington County, it is home to more than 83,000 residents. Also known as the ‘Silicon Forest’, Beaverton is home to divisions of leading technology companies such as Intel and IBM.

Local wireless integrator Invictus Networks and mesh equipment provider BelAir Networks worked closely together with the city to design and deploy a next generation public-safety network able to provide high-speed wireless Internet access and mobile services to the Beaverton Police Department. Invictus Networks has worked with the city of Beaverton for over six years on a variety technology projects ranging from high-speed wireless networks to business continuity and recovery.

“Real time information enables the officer on the beat to be better prepared to make the right decision about the situations they face every day,” stated Chief David G. Bishop, Beaverton Police Department. “This will take us to the future - this will be our future. The wireless network has provided us with a much more effective tool in being proactive on fighting crime.”

Officers can now access their desktop, the city network and the Portland Police Data System through a remote application while in their patrol cars. With the network in place, police officers will be able to wirelessly access the Electronic In-Field Reporting System in real time for information including mug shots and digitized fingerprints. Prior to the availability of the network, officers had to call in for histories and written reports which was a more time consuming process. With the wireless network, officers will have the ability issue electronic traffic citations on PDAs from the field for greater efficiency.



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Website: http://www.beavertonpolice.org/
Practitioner Name: David G. Bishop
Practitioner Tel: (503) 526-2260
Practitioner E-mail: beavertonpolice@ci.beaverton.or.us
Vendor Name 1: BEL
Vendor Title 1: BelAir Networks

Bologna, Italy
Location: Italy
Abstract:

Bologna has a metro-area population of one million and more than 100,000 students at the university. Not without controversy, Bologna has deployed a free downtown pilot network that it wants to expand.

“The recent claim of Prague demonstrates that cities are free to set up wireless networks only for purposes of public administration," says Giuseppe Paruolo, Deputy Mayor for Health, Communication and ICT, for the City of Bologna, which participated at the 2007 Global Forum in Venice in November. "This is not what we are willing to do. We have not yet implemented our idea, which is mainly to enlarge the coverage area at least to the whole center of the city. This is not possible because all the partners asked us to put money into this. So it's not clear. On one side, we have the EC saying it's a free market to develop in its own means, and on the other side we have the private sector asking for money to develop this for our citizens!"

Bologna is now trying to identify a business model that could eventually provide public access as a windfall benefit. "If you want to install a video camera, put wireless as the means for interconnecting the video and information systems so that you can...then use the network to provide services for citizens. In this way, we can have the target of a large municipal base and open the network to other providers, and also try to reconstruct from a bottom-up approach starting with an application.”


Website:
Practitioner Name: Enrico Torelli
Practitioner Tel: N/A
Practitioner E-mail: enrico.torelli@comune.bologna.it
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Boston, MA
Location: USA
Abstract:

OpenAirBoston.net is a private, non-profit corporation—currently all volunteer—charged with developing, implementing and operating a network to provide affordable wireless internet access throughout the City of Boston. OpenAir Boston held a pre-RFI conference on Wednesday, April 11, in downtown Boston. While a goal of OpenAir Boston is to spur digital inclusion across the City of Boston—the design is a wholesale network supporting up to twenty retail service providers—its top objective is local and regional economic development and innovation. A major part of OpenAir’s Request for Information is a Wireless Innovation Center, or WIC, to be housed a local major university. Any private-sectdor respondent seeking OpenAir’s serious attention will need to address the WIC, which will shape its forthcoming RFP. Additional project goals include digital inclusion—a pilot project is under way in Roxbury's Dudley Square—and enhancing the City’s ability to provide innovative services and lower its costs.


Website: http://www.openairboston.net
Practitioner Name: Pamela D.A. Reeve
Practitioner Tel: (617) 542-5690
Practitioner E-mail: info@openairboston.net
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Brescia Province, Italy
Location: Italy
Abstract:

The mountainous Brescia Province in northern Italy has been a center for manufacturing and agriculture, but its development has been stymied in recent years. In partnership with Cisco Systems International, Brescia has begun deploying an outdoor mesh solution to deliver a variety of online services to the municipalities of the region, ranging from simple Internet access for citizens to electronic procurement and online applications for businesses. Ultimately, the network will span 4,800 square kilometers, serving 206 towns. Currently, each town center has between 2-6 Cisco Aironet 1510 Lightweight Outdoor Mesh Access Points, providing wireless mesh coverage in the surrounding area.


Website: http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2007/ts_041907.html
Practitioner Name: Raffaele Gareri
Practitioner Tel: n/a
Practitioner E-mail: rgareri@provincia.bs.it
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Brookline, MA
Location: USA
Abstract:

The Town of Brookline has partnered with Newton, Mass.-based Galaxy Internet Services to deploy and operate a townwide wireless network that will enable myriad applications and services. Brookline's network will also combine licensed public-safety spectrum (4.9 Ghz) with unlicensed commercial spectrum, allowing for use of the network by residents, businesses, and government, as well as emergency personnel. In an already well-connected town, residents should benefit from increased competition and choice in Internet access. The wireless network will serve as an additional broadband option, one that provides flexibility and mobility. The network may be shared; multiple wireless ISPs may offer services to residents and businesses.


Website: http://www.townofbrooklinemass.com/boards/wireless.html
Practitioner Name: Kevin Stokes
Practitioner Tel: 617-730-2313
Practitioner E-mail: kevin_stokes@town.brookline.ma.us
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Buffalo, MN
Location: USA
Abstract:

The City of Buffalo is located approximately 40 miles from Minneapolis. In 2001, the City had no access to either DSL or cable modem service, and it wanted to bring high-speed Internet access to all businesses and residences in town with 90% of premise-installs completed by the user. Buffalo was motived by the desire to push the same technological productivity enhancements seen in the office out to field personnel, to enhance citizen access to services and reduce response times to citizen requests through secure wireless technologies, and to enhance public safety through real time access to state public safety data bases.


Website: http://www.bwig.net
Practitioner Name: Merton Auger
Practitioner Tel: 763-684-5406
Practitioner E-mail: merton.auger@ci.buffalo.mn.us
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Burbank, CA
Location: USA
Abstract:

The City of Burbank lies in the L.A. urban agglomeration, is 17 square miles and has a population of just over 100,000. In 2002 the city began investigating solutions for connecting remote city buildings to the central network at less of a cost than fiber-optic cable. Proxim wireless bridge equipment was purchased and installed in the spring of 2004. As T1 lines were phased out, funds became available to expand the project. In 2005 the entire downtown area was completed, making it possible to access the Internet for free anywhere in the vicinity. Initial start-up costs included $35,000 for the Proxim network and $55,000 for the downtown wi-fi network. Maintenance is performed by city staff during the work day and therefore factored into operating. As the new wireless bridge project replaced 1.5Mb T1 connections with 20Mb 802.11b/g connections, upgrades should not be necessary for at least three years.


Website: http://www.downtown-burbank.org/wifi.htm
Practitioner Name: Perry Jarvis
Practitioner Tel: 818-238-5080
Practitioner E-mail: pjarvis@ci.burbank.ca.us
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Cambria County, PA
Location: US
Abstract:

Rural Cambria County, Pennsylvania, and CONXX have teamed up to replace the county's outdated public safety communications infrastructure as mandated by the FCC. The new network, which was announced in April 2007 and will serve 47 fire departments, 33 police departments, 23 ambulance services, municipal offices, local institutions and the community is further intended to drive economic development. The Cambria County model was inspired by AllCoNet 2, also operated by CONXX, in nearby Allegany County, Maryland, where a countywide carrier-class wireless network was installed to drive economic development.


Website: http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/transcore/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&ndmConfigId=1001919&newsId=20070508006454&newsLang=en
Practitioner Name: Brian Feist
Practitioner Tel: +1-814-472-2125
Practitioner E-mail: bfeist@co.cambria.pa.us

Caroline County, MD
Location: USA
Abstract:

Caroline County, MD, (pop. 30,000) is 50 miles long and narrow on Maryland’s Delmarva Peninsula. The county seat is Denton, with only 3,000 people, but that is projected to jump to 30,000 in the next decade. Cawley and his associates were able to build a 30-MB fiber network within the town limits and extend that to a three-tower network (800 Mhz). From there, the network has expanded with point-to-point and point-to-multipoint (900 Mhz). This network is all connected back to the state library system’s SAILOR network, which is federal-grant (i.e., e-Rate) and state-tax funded and can’t be used for private use. The County pays nothing for Internet access, and it gets huge capacity, says Charles Cawley, County Administrator. The county has fiber to state buildings and is partnering with Network Maryland [another state network] to hook those up. The next challenge to bring the broadband to schools and other buildings. Moreover, Caroline County has no hospitals, and all EMS patients must be transported out of county, which raises jurisdictional issues with other counties and the State of Delaware, which has 800 Mhz.


Website: http://www.carolinemd.org/governmt/technology/index.html
Practitioner Name: Charles Cawley
Practitioner Tel: 410-479-0660
Practitioner E-mail: ccawley@carolinemd.org

Chaska, MN
Location: USA
Abstract:

In 2004, the small town of Chaska, southwest of Minneapolis, began making some big headlines. Chaska had decided to take telecommunication matters into its own hands and, across 16 square miles, provide broadband Internet access as an affordable public utility to residents, and eventually connect schools and local businesses, city employees, and public safety officials. In April of 2004, the city council approved the rollout of a 200-node Wi-Fi Mesh network on streetlights and other properties to provide low-cost connectivity to residents. Service to 7,500 households across 15 square miles would overlay existing commercial cable and DSL service and be billed the same way as gas and electricity. Residents had been paying $40 to $60 per month for broadband, but by the following November, Chaska.net was charging $15.99.


Website: http://www.chaska.net
Practitioner Name: Brad Mayer
Practitioner Tel: 952-448-2851 x7561
Practitioner E-mail: bmayer@chaskamn.com
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Vendor Name 1: TROP
Vendor Title 1: Tropos Networks-North America

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