More on the Brookline, Massachusetts municipal Wi-Fi network

I am sure many of you have seen the press releases issued today about Brookline’s network (only in the planning and deployment stage), which I already reported last April 2006. Here are more details. It will be the largest city network in Massachusetts to incorporate 4.9 GHz wireless service for public safety. They will be using 2.4 GHz for publicI am sure many of you have seen the press releases issued today about Brookline’s network (only in the planning and deployment stage), which I already reported last April 2006. Here are more details. It will be the largest city network in Massachusetts to incorporate 4.9 GHz wireless service for public safety. They will be using 2.4 GHz for public access as well. The city hopes that the network will provide residents with much needed competition to the existing telco and cable providers, making wireless the third utility.

The Brookline mesh network is currently in the engineering phase; once that is finished the deployment should be completed in a few months. The city is not paying for the network. Galaxy owns it and the city is providing mounting rights. Applications that the municipality wants to use immediately on the network: VOIP, remote GIS applications that include new 3D views and mapping of buildings for use by fire and police.

Other applications the city is considering:

– Tactical communications for vehicles in motion

– Vehicle voice, video, data with secured WLAN to strategic locations

– Secured tactical police WLAN to vehicles in motion and in strategic
locations
– Fire department video from incident to command vehicles and secured WLAN communications to strategic locations

– Video surveillance in limited locations for public safety

– Mobile office apps for other city personnel

Comments

  1. Esme, I understand that the Town recently switched from planning to use SkyPilot to now planning to use Strix. Any information on that decision?

  2. Hi;

    I’m sitting in Brookline and it looks like the town
    has implemented a few FON devices scattered about
    (go to fon.com and look up “02446” on the map function
    to see them; they’re around Beacon and Harvard st or so)

    The signal isn’t bad but i’m debating whether to get a day
    pass to try it or not; there are other free WiFi’s around
    (J.P. Licks) and i don’t know if i should bother.

    From the map, it implies these are Town of Brookline devices
    (unless it’s just stating that it’s *in* the town of Brookline)

    Foob