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First Annual W2i Digital Communities Best Practices Awards Nominee Project Title Project Lead: John Richo Date: 09/09/05 Organization: Culver City Redevelopment Agency Country: USA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.culvercity.org Background Population
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Nominee Project Title
Project Lead: John Richo Date: 09/09/05
Organization: Culver City Redevelopment Agency Country: USA
Email: email@example.com Web site:www.culvercity.org
To provide free wireless internet access in the Town Plaza area of downtown Culver City.
Deploy a free wireless hotspot downtown to encourage foot traffic, dwell time, and provide convenient Internet access for citizens, shoppers, business workers, and visitors.Mission & Objectives
Our choice was between point to point technology, and mesh to offer the public free Internet access in Town Plaza.
We choose mesh technology primarily due to its self healing feature which reduces our maintenance, and provides greater reliability.
Our initial investment was $20K for WiFi equipment, and an additional $1.5K for site preparation. Annual maintenance is $6K, with an additional $1.5K set aside for contingencies.
The Culver City Redevelopment Agency provides the funding for this project.
The project is not designed to generate revenue for the Agency. It is a value added proposition for Town Plaza, to make it more attractive to visitors, and current and future businesses.
When we first saw the Firetide solution, we set up a mesh network in our conference room in about five minutes. It worked flawlessly. What sold us on Firetide was its mesh architecture and self-healing capabilities, Other alternatives that offered the reach we needed were line-of-sight solutions. If one went down, it couldn't automatically re-route. The other solutions required extra equipment and were difficult to manage. The system integrator we chose, Wireless Hotspot, was also great to work with. Together with Firetide, they provided an easy-to-use solution that exactly matched our needs.