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September 5, 2006

Providence Reveals $2.3m Public Safety Wireless Network

By Glenn Fleishman

The city presented its network for police, fire: The network only encompasses 24 police cars and three fire command vehicles so far, but 100 to 200 vehicles will eventually be connected for retrieving information in real time, including mug shots and building blueprints. The network will expand beyond public safety ultimately into municipal purposes over the next year. The network uses proprietary Motorola mesh technology meant for robust use in the 2.4 GHz band. (Motorola offers mesh radios that can handle its own protocol or Wi-Fi either in 2.4 GHz or the 4.9 GHz public safety band.)

An interesting note near the bottom of this article is that the city expected to mount the 450 nodes mostly on city-owned buildings and public school.s However, it was more complicated than expensive, and they eventually rented space on utility poles.

The city is one of many that has had to find its next-generation wireless technology with the demise of CDPD, which was terminated in Providence in February. The city has used Verizon EVDO in the meantime.

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