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he City of Chattanooga woke with Excalibuntegate ystems, nc. ove seveal yeas befoeientifying the ight solution to meet its toughequiements, an its peseveance pai off. Jenkinscomments on the pocess, “We inteviewe a lotof cities, we visite them, put a poject plantogethe—an then we hone in on the besttechnology to use.” With the new Motoola meshnetwok in place, city employees can instantly accessata, vieo an voice communications fom wheevethey may be in the egion. “he quality has beengoo an we’ve been exceptionally please withthe thoughput an the istance that we’e gettingout of it,” epots Jenkins.
“Te combination of te ber bacboneand te ireless mes gives our cityan infrastructure capable of providingsometing truly remarable andefcient, maing our vision a reality.”
Ron Littleeld, Mayor, City of Chattanooga
The City of Chattanooga has experiencedincreased efficiency in every department that’susing the new wireless network, leading tohigher productivity, lowered crime rates andimpressive cost savings. Additionally,Chattanooga’s recent technological advancescontribute to its growing reputation as a tech-savvy city and are attracting newbusinesses—and jobs—to the area.
Chattanooga is eaping the benefits of its new meshinfastuctue but some of these gains can be hato quantify. Keil explains, “When you’e opeating acity, r can’t just be about how much money yousave. r coul also come in the fom of a save life.”Vieo suveillance, fo example, povies offices withknowlege of what’s occuing uing a cime, so theyhave a bette unestaning of what type of situationthey may be walking into. he city is up an unning,eploying ove 56 applications using the wielessnetwok, but Keil knows that this is just the tip ofthe icebeg. “We ha geat applications befoe themesh, but it’s like we wee iving 60 miles pe hou.ow, we’e oing 120 miles pe hou because we’e nolonge thinking about what kin of infastuctue wenee to suppot these applications. u wieless maeit so that banwith is no longe a bottleneck to theeployment of innovation.”
CATTANOOA: A PRORESSIE CIT WIT AN EE ON TECNOLO
With a visionay Mayo an a iven Chief of taff,Chattanooga has embace communications technologywith open ams. his paaigm shift lane the cityon the ntelligent Community Foum’s shot list ofntelligent Cities in 2011. “f you’e going to be inthe top seven cities in the wol, you have to havesomething istinctive about you,” sai Keil. “n, believe we showe them that the key to a smatcity is smat govenment.”he city’s unique appoach to aessing poblemswith technology has won the buy-in fom bothmunicipal employees an citizens. By illustatingthe eal-wol benefits of new technology, the cityhelpe employees an citizens unestan what it willmean fo them, gaining thei suppot. n tems of cityemployees, Keil states, “We challenge ou people tothink about what poblems they have o what they wantsolve, athe than focusing on technology. We askthem to think about the pupose of what they wantin thei mission, an we solve it with innovation.”
ONE NETWORK, MAN USES
right now, the City of Chattanooga’s netwok suppotsove 56 iffeent wieless applications acoss the city’sepatments. “he city is amplifying an expaning itssevices by oing things smate an faste athe thanthowing moe people at the poblem,” says Jenkins.Police offices ae using the technology fo vieosuveillance, d veification an to testify in coutwhile out on the steet. Builing inspectos ae usingthe mesh netwok to access plans an to file epots.Fie pesonnel can now tell whee caustic chemicalsae locate insie builings befoe going insie.nteopeability has been achieve in a egion-wieomelan ecuity aio system that spans statelines. he list goes on an on—an continues to gow.Jenkins conclues, “he city’s employees have beenencouage to each out an fin new ways to usethe system bette to gain efficiency.”
TE INESTMENT IS PAIN OFF
“Fom an economic point of view, thee’s no oubt thenew technology ha an impact,” says Jenkins. heeae many examples of this. fte analyzing the timesavings affoe by the new wieless capabilities, thecity feels it’s achieve the equivalent of putting 18 newoffices on the steet—an this is because offices cannow hanle many of thei aministative uties whileon the steet, away fom thei esk. By takingavantage of the mesh system to eliminate the nee
“With the mesh network it’sfascinating to see that youhave the city acting veryinnovatively to roll out lots ofdifferent applications.”
J. E Maston, Chambe ofCommece, City of ChattanoogaMesh access points