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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Wireless Broadband for Communitywide Benefit in Ponca City

With a goal of being "one of the most mobile communities in America" Mayor Homer Nicholson of Ponca City, OK has presided over implementation of an extensive mesh network. Working with Honeywell and Tropos, nearly 500 nodes and gateways supply broadband coverage to nearly 30 square miles of the city, providing access to nearly every city department from police to parks and recreation. The mesh network offers the city a reliable and redundant network foundation through its "self-healing" capabilities where the network automatically routes wireless signals to avoid any single point of failure and assure uninterrupted service.

The city was also able to leverage the network to extend their Voice over IP (VoIP) telephone coverage, giving IP phone connectivity to city workers where cell coverage is poor. As an added benefit, residents and businesses in the coverage area will have access to free high-speed Internet access.

The Oklahoma Municipal League recently awarded Ponca City a 2009 Municipal Innovations Award in recognition for “Building a Multi-Use Wireless Broadband Network for Communitywide Benefit.”

You can see more details about Ponca City's network in the PDF: Honeywell Uses Tropos to Help Ponca City Build a Mobile Community That’s Reliable, Safer and More Productive.