Metro Desk

By Naomi Graychase

December 11, 2007

The newly incorporated city of Doral, Florida announces plans for city-wide Wi-Fi; Addison, Texas upgrades to mesh.

Firetide and Stratus Technologies Group announced today that they will partner to deploy a wireless broadband network in Doral, Florida.

The city’s wireless mesh network will provide Internet access and services including e-mail, VoIP, and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) to residents and businesses, the Doral municipal government, and its newly formed police department.

Stratus Technologies Group will spearhead the project. The network will be based on the Firetide wireless mesh infrastructure, including 500-plus Firetide HotPort mesh nodes and Firetide HotPoint access points covering 15 square miles.

The project, which is funded by anchor tenancy commitments from the City, will be rolled out in three phases. In the first phase, Internet access and e-mail service will be implemented; in the second, VoIP will be deployed; and in the third phase, IPTV. Future projects will include adding public safety capabilities to the network, such as video surveillance, and using the wireless network to support mobile City operations.

Doral is a newly incorporated city (2003) located in north-central Miami-Dade County, just west of Miami International Airport. According to 2005 census data, it is home to approximately 22,000 residents, although the population is growing rapidly. (Firetide and Stratus report the number at 35,000.) The young city, named after the founders of a local golf resort and spa (Doris and Alfred Kaskel), is also home to the United States Southern Command headquarters and many Fortune 500 companies.

BelAir Networks is deploying a wireless mesh broadband network in Addison, Texas. The new network is an upgrade of the existing network, deployed in 2005 and is operated by RedMoon.

BelAir expects the updated network to be completed next month. Once fully deployed, it will cover over four square miles and offer access speeds of up to 1 Mbps. 

Addison, TX is located 13 miles north of downtown Dallas and is home to the headquarters of major corporations including Pizza Hut, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and CompUSA.

 The network utilizes 170 BelAir wireless mesh nodes including both BelAir100 and BelAir200 variants.

Naomi Graychase is Managing Editor at Wi-FiPlanet.



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