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Allen to roll out new wireless network

In addition to ensuring public safety, residents will enjoy high-speed wi-fi at some parks facilities

The IT upgrade will deliver a much faster and more reliable network for 100,000
The IT upgrade will deliver a much faster and more reliable network for 100,000

The City of Allen, Texas, has selected universal system integrator, Scientel Solutions, to deploy a smart city network platform which will deliver an improved service for nearly 100,000 residents.


Following the implementation of the new system, Allen will no longer be vulnerable to single points of failures such as fibre cuts and recurring costs of old slow telecommunications lines and can focus on smart city and cloud initiatives knowing it has a strong and secure network foundation, said Scientel.


“Adding this high-speed wireless backbone will provide improved network reliability for critical locations such as fire stations and police substation, ensuring our first responders can get the information they need at all times,” said Eric Matthews, IT director for the City of Allen.


“The new wireless network also ensures that if the network connecting city buildings is cut in one location, the city will remain operational as digital traffic will re-route around the network across the new wireless links.”


Scientel Solutions’ offering will involve removal of the existing Ceragon 311 Mbps core network star topology with a redundant 1.4 Gbps network using SIAE Microelectronica Wireless as the Metro Core, Cambium Networks for the outdoor network distribution and Cisco System for routing and switching between Allen’s internal network, the internet and cloud Services.


“Once the smart city network platform is deployed, Allen will be able to confidently move forward with other initiatives such as nodes to help optimise traffic and parking, enhance public safety, environmental awareness and overall livability for Allen residents,” said Nelson Santos, president of Scientel Solutions.


In addition to ensuring public safety, residents will enjoy high-speed wi-fi at some parks facilities, including the newly-renovated Ford Pool. Visitors to Allen Senior Recreation Centre will reportedly benefit from more than a tenfold increase in internet speeds for online learning, research, and entertainment.


“This secure network in the sky is used by many organisations looking for improved communications without the large expense and long time frame of digging up streets to install fibre optic cable,” added Matthews.


“By leveraging this flexible wireless technology, Allen is building reliability for today and laying the foundation for future smart city and Internet of Things opportunities.”



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