I wonder how accurate this article is. I designed part of this network as the third or fourth deep sub-contractor through Lockheed Martin. As far as I can remember there was no design to cover the whole County such that you could drive down the road anywhere and have it work. I did do a lot of point to point work and created areas where emergency response teams would have a wi-fi cloud at pre-determined staging areas. Sounds like marketing is getting the best of things here. I could be wrong, maybe I was not aware of the complete network design.
Thank You, Brian Webster -----Original Message----- From: Marlon K. Schafer (509) 982-2181 [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Monday, August 08, 2005 11:51 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [WISPA] Fw: [TVWHITESPACE] NYT on WiFi and Police Use Subject: [TVWHITESPACE] NYT on WiFi and Police Use > FYI - Mike Marcus > ====== > > August 7, 2005 > When Pigs Wi-Fi > By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF > > HERMISTON, Ore. > > This is cowboy country, where the rodeo is coming to town, the high > school's "kiss the pig" contest involves a genuine hog, and life seems > about as high-tech as the local calf-dressing competition, when teams race > to wrestle protesting calves into T-shirts. > > But Hermiston is actually a global leader of our Internet future. Today, > this chunk of arid farm country appears to be the largest Wi-Fi hot spot > in the world, with wireless high-speed Internet access available free for > some 600 square miles. Most of that is in eastern Oregon, with some just > across the border in southern Washington. > > Driving along the road here, I used my laptop to get e-mail and download > video - and you can do that while cruising at 70 miles per hour, mile > after mile after mile, at a transmission speed several times as fast as a > T-1 line. (Note: it's preferable to do this with someone else driving.) > > This kind of network is the wave of the future, and eastern Oregon shows > that it's technically and financially feasible. New York and other leading > cities should be embarrassed that Morrow and Umatilla Counties in eastern > Oregon are far ahead of them in providing high-speed Internet coverage to > residents, schools and law enforcement officers - even though all of > Morrow County doesn't even have a single traffic light. > > The big cities should take note, said Kim Puzey, the general manager of > the Port of Umatilla on the Columbia River here. "We'd like people to say, > 'If they can do it out in the boondocks with a small population, that > model can be applied to highly complex areas,' " he said. > > Mr. Puzey, who says wireless broadband is central to the port's > operations, argues persuasively that broadband is just the next step in > expanding the national infrastructure, comparable to the transcontinental > railroad, the national highway system and rural electrification. > > Indeed, we need to envision broadband Internet access as just another > utility, like electricity or water. Often the best way to provide that > will be to blanket a region with Wi-Fi coverage to create wireless > computer networks, rather than running D.S.L., cable or fiber-optic lines > to every home. > > So if the first step was to get Americans wired, the next step is to make > them wireless. > > Two pioneers in that process are Portland, Ore., and Philadelphia, which > are both moving toward citywide Wi-Fi Internet access. Consumers will > still have to pay for broadband, but only about half as much as they do > now. > > Still, Portland and Philadelphia won't have their systems in place until > next year. Meanwhile, the system in eastern Oregon covers a larger > geographic area, is free for consumers and has been up and running for > more than a year and a half. > > One reason it sprang up here is that a nearby Army depot contains chemical > weapons, so there is special concern about what would happen if a cloud of > nerve gas escaped from the depot. That fear helped provide a pot of > federal money to underwrite safety systems. > > Usually, the police and fire agencies communicate just by radio, but > Hermiston decided to go with a public-private partnership that established > a Wi-Fi network. The police chief, Dan Coulombe, showed me the wireless > computers that all police officers now carry. They can download data and > receive images from video monitors - and, if nerve gas ever escaped, > display the cloud's direction and speed. > > Fingerprint readers are now being added to these portable devices so a > police officer can almost instantly run a person's fingerprint through a > multistate database. And if there's a report of a burglary, the police > rushing to the scene can download floor plans of the building, live images > from video monitors and information about the alarm system. > > The wizard behind the system is Fred Ziari, an Iranian immigrant and Wi-Fi > pioneer who runs a high-tech company in Hermiston and Portland, EZ > Wireless. Mr. Ziari contracted with the local authorities to provide the > Wi-Fi service, which lets consumers piggyback for nothing. > > Hermiston is already starting to introduce WiMax, the next generation of > technology after Wi-Fi, offering much higher speeds and greater range. > > Other American towns need to follow Hermiston, not necessarily in holding > "kiss the pig" contests, but in ensuring broadband Internet access as > reliably as they do water or electricity. The fact is, unless you're a > cowboy here in eastern Oregon, you're behind the times. -- WISPA Wireless List: email@example.com Subscribe/Unsubscribe: http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/ -- WISPA Wireless List: firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe/Unsubscribe: http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/