press release earlier this week by the City, use of the network is exceed expectations and demand is continuing to increase with over 10,000 unique users logging on each day, transporting over 800 Gigabytes of data. To keep up with growing demand for wireless Internet access, the City is increasing its AT&T backhaul capacity.
As well as providing high speed Internet services for businesses and residents, the Tropos wireless mesh network is used by virtually all city municipal departments to provide Internet connectivity to mobile workers, improving workflow efficiencies and access to information. Nearly seventy-five percent of city staff is mobile making the network an important productivity tool. City departments using the network include public safety, parks and recreation, public works, and utilities. Ponca City was one of the first cities to use the network for mobile IP video by install IP cameras on the dashboard inside police vehicles enabling officers to send live video to a central location. The in-vehicle video helps improve officer safety such as during traffic stops or other incidents when the officer is outside their vehicle, acting as a second set of on-scene eyes and enabling some to quickly respond with assistance if an officer needs help.
Check out this case study to learn more about how Ponca City is using their wireless network for broad community benefit. Also check out Ponca City’s wireless Internet access website for more information about their free public Internet access service.