(June 3, 2008) - The City of Oklahoma City unveiled its wireless network -- the largest city owned and operated municipal Wi-Fi mesh network in the world -- Tuesday, June 3.
The network is used for public safety and other City operations. At this time it does not provide wireless Internet access to the public.
Tropos Networks president and CEO, Tom Ayers presented a plaque to the Mayor and City Council recognizing the City of Oklahoma City for successfully building and implementing the world’s largest municipal wireless broadband network. Tropos Networks provides the network infrastructure equipment.
The wireless mesh network covers an unprecedented 555 square-mile area with 95 percent service coverage in the city’s core. Wireless Tropos routers are installed on City siren towers, traffic lights, buildings and other places. Tropos’ mobile routers are mounted in City vehicles, extending the network coverage area.
“We’re proud to receive this award and claim this distinction,” Mayor Mick Cornett said. “Our state-of-the-art wireless communication system allows City government to be more efficient and provide a higher level of service to our citizens.”
The wireless network is an extension of the City’s information technology infrastructure. City staff now has access from the field to more than 150 software applications.
“With this plaque we are honoring Oklahoma City for its achievement in building and now operating the largest metro-scale, municipal wireless broadband network that is improving community services and public worker productivity,” said Ayers.
“By building and operating their own broadband network, the City has been able to cost-effectively extend its wired information infrastructure into the field to give its workers greater flexibility and access to the information they need to do their jobs more efficiently. We are pleased to be a partner with the City and recognize this historic accomplishment.”
Police officers are equipped with a laptop in patrol cars that gives them better access to advance criminal information in real time and allows them to download photos, file reports and even do paperwork in the field. In addition, police officers and fire fighters have access to over 300 video cameras, giving them a real time, around-the-clock, birds-eye view of key locations throughout the city.
Fire battalion chiefs are now able to locate water hydrants, review site maps, building floor plans and hazardous materials information while en route to a fire or accident; enabling them to tell incoming response vehicles how and where to set up.
The Wi-Fi mesh network system took more than two years to implement. Strong security measures and policies the City put in place have worked well protecting the network and meeting performance needs.
“We’ve been so pleased with how the wireless network system has improved the coordination and service delivery in our public safety operations that we’re now using it in other City operations,” City Manager Jim Couch said.
The wireless network system has helped shorten the time for construction inspections and permits. The City’s Development Center inspectors use wireless handheld devices in the field. Over 95 percent of inspection results are available the same day, saving citizens and contractors days of valuable construction time. The City plans to expand the use of the wireless network to Animal Welfare, Code Enforcement and Utilities operations.
The $5 million Wi-Fi mesh network system was funded with public safety capital sales tax and City capital improvement funds.
About Tropos Networks, Inc.
Tropos® Networks is the market leader in wireless IP broadband mesh networks enabling cities and other organizations worldwide to own and control smart, affordable, IP infrastructures for deploying high-value applications that improve the efficiencies of its mobile workers while reducing operational costs. These applications include mobile public safety (for police, fire and EMS vehicles), video surveillance, utility automation and industrial deployments. The patented Tropos MetroMesh™ system delivers the ultimate reliability, scalability, and security at low cost that is required for business critical and life saving wireless applications and is installed in over 30 countries. Founded in 2001, Tropos Networks is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, please visit www.tropos.com, call 408-331-6800 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tropos is a registered trademark and MetroMesh is a trademark of Tropos Networks, Inc.