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Public-Safety Interoperability Cure? Verizon Offers Cisco's IP-Based Solution

A widely available IP-based solution could help further solve the interoperability puzzle facing federal, state and local-government public-safety officials. Let's take a look at how Verizon's newly announced solution will work using Cisco IPICS. More

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Funding Rural Broadband Wireless: Alvarion Achieves "Buy American" Status for Its Mobile WiMAX Solutions

In a first, USDA's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Telecommunications Program says it's okay for operators tapping hundreds of millions of federal loan dollars for rural broadband access to purchase mobile WiMAX equipment from Alvarion. More

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How Did DHS Funding for Public-Safety Interoperability Play Out in California?

Significant federal funding from DHS for public-safety interoperability, paired with a few major requirements, encourages rapid regional collaboration and technological innovation. More

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Citywide Wi-Fi Class of '08: Philadelphia's Harshest Lessons Were on Business Side

What can government CIOs and IT managers learn from this spring's crop of midsized citywide broadband-wireless deployments? More

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City and Port of Richmond (CA) Deploy Wireless Video and Analytics

With high expectations for deterring and detecting crime and prosecuting offenders, Richmond has deployed a public security camera system to monitor crime hot spots around the city. The adjacent Port has deployed virtual trip wires to guard its perimeter. More

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AT&T Leads Community Wi-Fi Revival Meeting in Riverside, California

A broad cross-section of residents from around this Southern California community of 290,000 showed up to learn about its new AT&T-administered Wi-Fi network. More

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State of Florida Wireless Leaders Explain Statewide Interoperability Opportunities and Roadblocks

To facilitate a "top-to-bottom" dialog between state and local wireless champions, W2i launched a series of Digital Cities Joint State Briefings to bring together local authorities and state-level wireless directors. The first kicked off in Tallahassee on March 26. More

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BelAir Networks CEO Bernard Herscovich: "Massive Shift in the Mindset of CIOs"

Wireless-industry veteran Bernard Herscovich is the founding president and CEO of BelAir Networks in Kanata, Ontario. According to the Dell'Oro Group, BelAir is now the worldwide wireless mesh node market leader based on revenue in Q3 and Q4 in 2007. In December 2007, the company received a new round of financial backing from its investors. And on March 11, 2008, Minnesota-based USI Wireless is expected to announce the completion of its Wireless Minneapolis network, which uses BelAir radios, supports a citywide public-access business model with thousands of subscribers, and played a critical role after the bridge collapse last August. It’s an excellent moment to check in on a CEO whose equipment and market mindset going forward suggest that rumors of "muni Wi-Fi's" death have been greatly exaggerated — and that its use for a broad range of both government and popular objectives will continue to proliferate. More

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Mesh-Enabled Video Surveillance and the Phoenix Police Department: Desert Guardian, Super Bowl XLII Case Studies

Phoenix Detective Chris Jensen participated in W2i's February 27th webinar “Public Safety and Mesh-Enabled Video Surveillance," sponsored by Firetide. Det. Jensen traces the evolution of mesh-enabled video surveillance in the Phoenix Police Department, which began with a call in 2006 from city officials to use cameras to catch a serial rapist and a serial killer. The point of surveillance, he cautions, is not necessarily to catch criminals on video but to free up human resources that can prove essential to the success of a broad-ranging investigation. More

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Public-Safety Interoperability and Digital Cities: What Are the Requirements?

The topic of Interoperability of public-safety networks raises many issues: What federal and state policy requirements will emerge? Who will own and operate networks? A new W2i Roundtable builds an agenda in support of these questions. More

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