Tucson And Calif. Town To Deploy Wi-Fi Muni Networks

Two more cities have approved the deployment of municipal Wi-Fi networks, adding to the gathering momentum for public network rollouts of the wireless technology.
Two more cities have approved the deployment of municipal Wi-Fi networks, as the public network rollout of the wireless technology appears to be gathering momentum.

Wi-Fi networks in Tucson, Ariz. and Temecula, Calif., will be designed and deployed by Wireless Facilities Inc. (WFI), the firm announced on Tuesday.

The Tucson deployment has heavy public safety overtones and contains a feature called Emergency Room Link, which will provide video and patient telemetry services that will beam patient data from moving ambulances to Tucson's University Medical Trauma Center Emergency Room.

"The result essentially provides a 'virtual doctor' at the scene of an incident," the WFI announcement stated. The Tucson network may be used by other transportation and safety systems in the city.

The Tucson effort, funded in part by an ongoing congressional grant, also calls for the Wi-Fi mesh architecture to be provided by Tropos Networks and the patient telemetry system to be provided by General Devices. The resulting solution is expected to deliver high-bandwidth, live-video patient data when the project is completed in the second quarter of next year.

In the Temecula Wi-Fi rollout, WFI is also teaming up with Tropos Networks to deploy a Wi-Fi network in the city's Old Town area. The mesh network will form a self-configuring wireless broadband data network. Although public safety units in Temecula will be able to use the network, city officials noted that the network is expected to help attract business and tourism.

WFI is partnered with Google in bidding to provide municipal Wi-Fi services for the City of San Francisco and has been selected by the City of Madison, Wis., to build its municipal Wi-Fi network.

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