Honeywell, Ponca City Create Mobile Network

Honeywell unveils a citywide wireless broadband network for Ponca City.
Funds for the project came through a cooperation of city departments and builds on a successful pilot program conducted in several residential and business areas.
It helps the city improve public safety and increase efficiencies for its departments, in addition to providing businesses and citizens with high-speed Internet access.
“Our goal is to be one of the most mobile communities in America, and this is a significant step in that direction,” said Homer Nicholson, mayor of Ponca City. “Seventy-five percent of the city staff perform duties outside an office. So this network is an important productivity tool for our employees. And the enhanced communications mean improved safety and service for our residents, and reduced costs for the city.”
Under the contract, Honeywell will implement a broadband mesh network — comprised of more than 490 wireless nodes and gateways from Tropos Networks — that will provide coverage for approximately 30 square miles of Ponca City. The mesh network offers the city reliability and redundancy through its “self-healing” capabilities; meaning if one radio node becomes unavailable, the network automatically routes wireless signals to a different node, ensuring uninterrupted service.



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