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Rock Hill, S.C. To Deploy Citywide WiFi Network For Municipal Services

Posted November 2, 2006

— The City of Rock Hill has selected companies from Florida and California to build a citywide wireless network based on wireless fidelity (WiFi) technology.

The city selected Consulting Services Group out of Florida as the wireless network integrator. The network will utilize wireless networking gear from California-based Tropos Networks.

The companies were picked after a trial lasting nearly a year.

Once completed, the network will cover 32 square miles. It is intended for use by the city for a variety of services ranging from mobile communications to automatic meter reading for water and electricity services.

The network will be linked to the city’s fiber network ring.

“We chose CSGData and the Tropos MetroMesh system because it best met our requirements for performance and coverage, mobile access, and the ability to manage and get statistics from one central location,” said James Bagley Jr., utilities director of the City of Rock Hill. “For the past five years, we have been exploring options for a wireless broadband solution. These two companies met our needs for a solution that is practical, economical, and reliable.”

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