Nantucket Gains High-Speed Mobile Data Access (1/24)
Wednesday, January 24, 2007 | Comments
WiBlast Communications, a local wireless Internet service provider (WISP) and system integrator, will provide secure mobile broadband access to the Nantucket (Mass.) Police Department police cruisers when they are within WiBlast Broadband's coverage area on the island using Tropos Networks' MetroMesh Mobile system. This enables officers to access secure police databases previously restricted for use in the police station. The system also allows officers to send reports from their cars to the station, eliminating the need to leave their assigned routes. WiBlast is outfitting the police department's command vehicle, which will be positioned strategically and remain stationary during emergencies, with a Tropos 5210 MetroMesh router and a Canopy 900 MHz radio antenna on a telescopic mast to ensure connectivity everywhere on Nantucket. In addition, police officers and other public-safety personnel will be equipped with handheld devices and Tropos mobile routers in their vehicles for connectivity around the command vehicle, allowing Internet connection at broadband speeds.

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