Houston moves city services to municipal wireless network based on WiMAX

The city of Houston (Texas) has purchased WiMAX equipment from Alvarion as part of its move to use wireless technology for more city services: remote control of 2500 traffic signals and 1500 school zone flashers; connecting the city’s mobile automated meter reading (AMR) system to the WiMAX network to monitor 500,000 water meters; replacing expensive T1 lines at over 5,000 city facilities (i.e., water/wastewater plants, maintenance, libraries and more); expanding connectivity service to facilities and operations (i.e., SCADA, video surveillance, parking pay stations, etc.) and making excess bandwidth available to enable free Internet service for more than 300,000 residents in underserved, underprivileged communities (i.e., public computer centers for children, where children can get free Internet access and have a safe environment to stay and learn; 20 centers are already operating today)

“We realized the most cost-effective way to introduce a city-wide network was to go with a high-performance wireless solution that offers huge savings on infrastructure expenses and can be easily and remotely managed to reduce operational costs. This way, we can gradually roll out advanced residential services, such as water utility management, in a way that would genuinely improve residentiallife in the city, without necessarily raising the cost of living,” said Brian Anderson, Senior Consultant and Program Director, City of Houston Wireless Broadband Initiative. “We turned to Alvarion for the company’s broad portfolio of 4G wireless broadband solutions, which meet the city’s goals of providing wireless access to a large area of residents and for municipal use.”

Alvarion’s solutions are instrumental in a variety of city applications that enable significant operational advantages for the city. Through Alvarion’s multi-frequency portfolio including BreezeNET® B point-to-point and BreezeMAX® Extreme 3650 point-to-multipoint products, the city is currently introducing traffic control in more than 3,500 locations throughout the city. City of Houston also plans to connect 400 water utility locations with the 4G network, covering an area of approximately 640 square miles.

This visionary project was further endorsed by its recognition by The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Board of Directors as the 2010 Community Broadband Wireless Network of the Year for extensive effort and creativity in designing and deploying a wireless network to serve institutional and public needs.

“High-performance was a major priority in selecting the solution that would best meet our current and future needs,” commented Justin Ewald, Chief Wireless Broadband Network Engineer with the City of Houston. “Alvarion’s 3.65 GHz solution enables us to deploy a smaller number of base stations for increased coverage, while maintaining optimal Quality of Service throughout the network. The fact that our IT operational team now has the ability to maintain and tweak the network anytime and in line with our changing needs, from a central location, makesthis a win-win situation for both our residents and our employees.”

“Smart City projects are a hugely gratifying market sector for us as a technology provider. Over the years we’ve been following the needs of our municipal and government customers and our solutions in this field are state-of-the-art,” said Eran Gorev, president and CEO of Alvarion. “We’ve learned how to help cities offer their residents fundamental and advanced services such as connectivity hotspots, personal security and online municipal services, while allowing them to control costs.”


  1. B.H Khede says

    I am in service with Municipal Corporation Surat, Gujarat, India.needs Wimax system Detail for AMR of Water Meters