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Hot Spots Cool City Grand Rapids Wireless Broadband Project Presented by Thomas A. McQuillan Information Technology Director City of Grand Rapids What is wireless broadband?
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Presented by Thomas A. McQuillanInformation Technology DirectorCity of Grand Rapids
Wireless networks use radio waves to set up communication links between devices and the Internet. These devices include.laptops, personal data assistants (PDAs), handheld personal computers, and nearly 1,000 other devices currently on the market.
The City does not plan to compete with private business to sell wireless broadband.
The City will deploy a solution using proven technology that is cost effective, self-funded, and will continue to serve our citizens for an extended period
Our goal is to leverage the government’s infrastructure to partner with private providers, community institutions, businesses, and community organizations to:
Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell outlined his vision for bringing a wireless broadband network to our community.
City Manager, Kurt Kimball assigned a team to research wireless technology, best practices, funding models, and applications.
A City staff team was assigned to research wireless technology, best practices, funding models, applications, and what other cities are doing.
The City sought proposals from wireless technology providers that were prepared to install and operate a ¼ square mile wireless demonstration network for eight weeks, at their expense, for technology comparison, testing, and evaluation purposes.
Built upon strong Advanced Encryption Standard-Counter Mode/ CBC-MAC Protocol (AES-CCMP )-based encryption, 802.11i avoids the initialization vector and Message Integrity Check flaws that doomed the WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy security standard.
By relying on AES-CCMP, a block cipher, 802.11i ensures not only that the packet data payload is encrypted but also that selected packet header fields are protected.
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