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Alvarion Installs Wireless Network for Public Safety Connectivity in City of Cleburne, TX

Date: 2012-09-18
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Alvarion’s wireless solution for private networks reduces costs, increases performance and allows effortless expansion to other city services

The City of Cleburne, Texas, has installed a private wireless network for public safety connectivity reducing the costs associated with the use of wireless broadband cards and delivering better performance. The network uses BreezeMAX® Extreme base stations from Alvarion® Ltd., a global provider of optimized wireless broadband solutions.  The base stations are connected to BreezeMAX Vehicular Subscriber Units installed in the City’s police vehicles allowing officers to seamlessly and securely perform their duties in the field.

Currently, police vehicles patrolling the city use a laptop computer connected to the city’s fiber network and information systems via a high speed wireless broadband card, such as an AirCard®. This type of wireless connectivity is a costly, recurring expense leaving no room to economically expand services to more departments. The City of Cleburne decided to implement a private wireless network that would eliminate recurring charges and readily expand to other city services and public works as it continues to expand the network, eventually replacing all wireless broadband cards.

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“We are pleased with the way our first private wireless network was so easily installed and quickly integrated to our existing city functions resulting in significant cost savings,” states Willie Resto, MIS Manager, City of Cleburne. “We immediately realized the benefit of expanding connectivity to additional public works and city vehicles and envisioned additional smart city applications such as public access and hot spots which will further improve the quality of life for our citizens and promote our City as a holiday destination.”

The City of Cleburne chose Alvarion’s BreezeMAX Extreme solution to provide the capacity, connectivity, security and reliability needed for their private network.The BreezeMAX Extreme solution also delivered faster rates to users. Crystal Communications, Alvarion’s longtime partner, installed and integrated a full private network infrastructure within five working days.  Base stations were quickly and easily installed on city owned assets around the City allowing instant connectivity to the City’s fiber network.  VSUs were installed in police vehicles for seamless, secure connectivity to the City’s information center and database.

The system was completely non-disruptive to the City of Cleburne’s Police Force and allowed City Officials to continue with business as usual.  Network management is provided by Alvarion’s AlvariStar system.  An on-site training course taught the City’s Information Managers to program both base stations and VSUs and will allow for complete autonomy of network programming in future expansions.

Expansion to other city services has already begun with installation of the VSU in fire trucks and other field vehicles. Other departments have also approached the City’s MIS team with specific requirements and are coming up with innovative ways to increase productivity using the wireless network such as completing paper work and reports online from the field. 

This network was fully funded through grants from COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services). COPS funding helps law enforcement agencies across America meet an ever-increasing range of challenges with community policing.

For additional information, see: www.alvarion.com

- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via Alvarian, 9/12/12)

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