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December 14, 2012

Alvarion's Smart City Network Now for the City of Richardson

By Meenakshi Shankar
TMCnet Contributor

With more than 5,000 businesses operating within Richardson's (News - Alert) 28 square miles, including several of the world's largest telecommunications/networking companies, traffic has become a major priority for the local government. Inspired by Kansas’ Operation Green Light, City of Richardson officials decided to introduce a wireless traffic digitalization system that will improve traffic flow into and throughout the city.

Wireless broadband solutions provider Alvarion (News - Alert) is now helping the city to sort out this issue by deploying its wireless municipal network with the City of Richardson, Texas.

The Alvarion Smart City solution provides connectivity to the city’s high-quality video surveillance network that delivers live feeds to police headquarters and to a 24-7 Emergency Operations Center. The high-quality feeds can also be viewed from any PC monitor within the public safety network. The network also supports the city’s public safety radio applications. Alvarion’s BreezeMAX Extreme base stations have been deployed on various water towers and tall buildings across the city to enable ubiquitous coverage.

The resulting improvement in coordination of traffic signals and incident response, will gradually increase regional air quality, provide a tool for local government to better manage changes in traffic and essentially improve the overall quality of life for residents and commuters.

“Cities all over the world are turning to wireless broadband to make their cities smarter, safer and more competitive. We are pleased to be an active enabler of this smart city project in Richardson, and with our field-proven product portfolio and extensive experience, will continue to help cities meet their growing challenges in serving their residents and improving their quality of life,” Udi Ben David, general manager Americas, Alvarion said in a statement.

As indicated, the city deployed an Alvarion Smart City solution in the 4.9 GHz licensed public safety frequency that will improve the quality of life for residents and for the huge number of commuters that enter the nation’s Telecom Corridor daily. Alvarion’s BreezeMAX Extreme solution was selected for its unmatched reliability and operational efficiency demonstrated throughout the city’s proof of concept process.

Also, Alvarion partner, Crystal Communications, is enabling the city to roll out a wireless, high-speed communications network including base station equipment, network planning and optimization, the AlvariSTAR Network Management System, CPEs connected to the traffic controllers and more.

“During our requisite proof of concept process we were originally looking at various mesh solutions. We quickly realized that the only equipment that offered us the non-stop reliability we require is the BreezeMAX Extreme and so we went for an end-to-end Alvarion wireless broadband network,” commented Steve Graves, chief information officer with the City of Richardson.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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