Innovative new ways to enable communications and broadband service delivery to city employees, citizens; Improves public safety, boosts employee productivity, cuts costs and bridges the digital divide
STOCKHOLM — US Internet, a global Internet, hosting, and ASP provider, and Aptilo Networks, the leading supplier of service management systems for Wi-Fi and WiMAX networks, today announced that they were selected by the City of Minneapolis to build and operate a 59-square-mile broadband wireless network to cover the entire city.
The citywide wireless initiative, known as “Wireless Minneapolis,” will result in one of the largest municipal Wi-Fi rollouts in the United States. City departments will utilize the wireless broadband network to improve public safety, boost employee productivity and cut costs. The residents and businesses will have the opportunity to sign up for a wireless broadband account that can be used at work for business customers, home for residential customers, and while travelling within the city.
The fundamental principle behind the new city network is that a single broadband account allows city employees and residents to connect wherever they are in the city – at home, at work, in the park, in a coffee shop etc – whilst it is flexible enough to let in occasional users (e.g. tourists and business travellers) to pay for broadband connectivity by the hour or by the day.
US Internet, the operator of the Wireless Minneapolis Network and the Broadband Wireless Service will use the Aptilo Metro Wi-Fi Service Management System™ to deliver a wide range of business models and service plans.
In addition to basic broad band connectivity, Wireless Minneapolis will deliver valuable broadband services to both the public and private sector, such as IP telephony and IP TV. It will expand programs like the Minneapolis Safe City Initiative, using wireless video cameras to provide real-time visual information to police in squad cars and at police precincts. It will also allow building inspectors to file reports from the field, and fire-fighters to view floor plans on the way to a fire.
A citywide wireless network is an invaluable public safety tool, and it will allow the City of Minneapolis to provide many other services more efficiently than ever, stretching the taxpayers´ dollars.
Part of the evaluation process the City of Minneapolis required a pilot installation on the North and South side of the City where two finalists were evaluated.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to bring this to the residents, businesses and the city government. We are confident that our solution will serve the needs of the community because of the great partners we are working with,” said Kurt Lange, VP of Operations of US Internet Corp.
“It was our experience from similar deployments in other cities, and the flexibility of our system, entirely transparent to the end user, that finally brought the city´s conclusion to our advantage,” said Prasanna Satarasinghe, VP Product Management Americas of Aptilo Networks.
Aptilo continues its success of solutions for Metro Wireless deployments in different regions of the world, and is supplier of the administration system behind the world´s largest metropolitan wireless network WiFly, covering the city of Taipei in Taiwan.
Hillary Call, Public Relations Manager
Aptilo Networks AB
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