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Municipal Broadband Wireless North American Business Models. Axel Leblois, Co-Founder, W2i EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum - Telecities ICT for Safe Digital Cities, Bologna June 28, 2007. Municipal Broadband, North American Cities, 2006.

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municipal broadband wireless north american business models

Municipal Broadband Wireless North American Business Models

Axel Leblois,

Co-Founder, W2i

EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum - Telecities

ICT for Safe Digital Cities, Bologna

June 28, 2007

municipal broadband north american cities 2006
Municipal Broadband, North American Cities, 2006
  • Over 300 US Municipal Wireless Projects Deployed in 2006
  • Mix of Municipal Ownership and Public-Private Partnership Models

Capital Investment in Municipal Wireless Broadband Networks

Source: W2i/Yankee Group Research 2006

moving from single application networks to multi purpose networks
Moving from Single Application Networks to Multi-Purpose Networks
  • Municipal wireless networks are increasingly leveraged for multiple applications reducing costs and offering new services to citizens:
    • Public Safety/Police/Fire
    • Meter Reading/Monitoring
    • Field Inspections
    • Intelligent Traffic Management
    • Neighborhood/Community Portals
    • Educational Broadband
    • Public Access
    • Digital Inclusion

Source: W2i/Yankee Group Digital City Survey, 2005

public safety san mateo ca police department
Public Safety: San Mateo (CA) Police Department
  • 72 Officers in 40 Patrol Cars
  • Tropos MetroMesh:
  • 3 backhaul points
  • 37 access points
  • 3.5 sq.miles
  • Applications:
  • CAD, Records Mgt, Reporting
  • Database access (LAWNet, DMV, video monitoring…)
  • Impact:
  • 2 hours/day/officer saved
workforce productivity increases medford or public works
Workforce Productivity Increases: Medford (OR) Public Works
  • 20 Public Works Crews on shared network among other municipal agencies
  • Motorola MotoMesh:
  • Applications:
  • Work order access from the field
  • Impact:
    • 1 hour/day/crew member
    • Shared infrastructure with public safety
  • Future Impact:
    • 20+ additional applications including:
    • Records access
    • Location based services
    • GIS
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Machine to machine communications

Corpus Christi (TX) Water & Gas Utility System

field workforce automation scenario
Field Workforce Automation Scenario

*Assuming 20% public subscriber uptake

how are you financing the network build
How are you financing the network build?

Patterns are starting to emerge attesting to a negotiation between local government and the private sector to determine the right mix of cooperation

Source: W2i Yankee Group Houston Survey 2006

municipal wireless key observations
Municipal Wireless: Key Observations
  • Measurable benefits in government operational efficiencies abound
  • Broadband wireless infrastructure deployment is first and foremost driven by the need for “Better City Management”
  • “Cheap Public Access” as a primary driver for deployment of wireless infrastructure is highly speculative and should be viewed as a secondary objective, or side benefit
thank you
Thank You

www.w2i.com

axel_leblois@w2i.org

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225 Franklin Street, Boston, MA 02110

Tel: (617) 439 5400 Fax: (404) 252 0628