Medford, Oregon gets city-wide mobile mesh network

Medford (pop. 70,000) has launched the first mobile city-wide mesh network in Oregon. It covers 24 square miles (62 square kilometers) and provides high-speed communications to city employees (police and fire departments, public works and building inspection agencies). Medford is the largest city in Southern Oregon and has approximately 150 police officers and 75 fire personnel.Medford (pop. 70,000) has launched the first mobile city-wide mesh network in Oregon. It covers 24 square miles (62 square kilometers) and provides high-speed communications to city employees (police and fire departments, public works and building inspection agencies). Medford is the largest city in Southern Oregon and has approximately 150 police officers and 75 fire personnel.

The network uses MeshNetworks’ broadband solution. Viasys Services (a MeshNetworks VAR) did the systems integration, deployment and project management. MeshNetworks claims that its self-forming, self-healing wireless technology survives natural disasters, physical attacks and power outages.

Other details about the network:
– DSL or cable modem-like data rates, even while users are moving at highway speeds;
– anytime, anywhere access to mobile voice, video, data and position location services;
– high data rates across both the upstream and downstream connections;
– quick and easy for users to send dashboard video, color photographs and large reports back to the office or command center;
– supports interoperability between a wide variety of devices, databases and interagency networks.

The Medford network closely follows last month’s announcement by NexGen City of their 57 square mile (147 square kilometer) deployment in Garland, Texas. The Garland network is the largest mobile mesh network in the world. NexGen City is a licensee and OEM of MeshNetworks’ technology.

Two other cities have municipal wireless networks for their police officers: San Mateo and North Miami Beach. These networks also use mesh, but from Tropos Networks.