Image Microsystems (IMI) today announces the partnership with the Austin Wireless City Project. The goal of the Project is to improve the quality and availability of free public WiFi hotspots. Image Microsystems will provide computer systems that will be used to power the hotspots in each venue.
Image Microsystems and Austin Wireless City (AWC) Project have been piloting this project for the last six months with great success. Today, Austin is known worldwide as the "Free-est wireless city in the world."
"The Austin Wireless City Project would not have been able to deploy so quickly without the partnership of Image Microsystems," says AWC founder Rich MacKinnon. "Their enthusiasm, cooperation and ability to deliver has been extraordinary."
To continue creating free WiFi hotspots, Image Microsystems will provide computer systems and wireless access points to AWC. AWC will deploy the equipment in venues around the city. The systems will leave Image Microsystems facility pre-imaged with Less Networks Free WiFi Hotspot Server software, enabling a plug-and-play installation.
The computers come to Image Microsystems via their asset recovery programs. The environmentally- and WiFi-friendly partnership gives a second life to a computer that was targeted for recycling. "Our goal here at Image Microsystems is to minimize recycling, its impact on the environment and our natural resources and maximize use of older computers that are perceived as having no value," says Alex Hajakbari Ph.D., CEO.
"We believe through the success of the Austin Wireless City Project the number of computers that could be saved potentially, across the country, is in the tens of thousands. We clearly want to be a part of this great vision," says Rocky Bullock, president.
Says MacKinnon, "This is a win-win for everyone involved. The venues get a PC to power their free WiFi hotspot, Image Micro keeps another PC from going to a dump and the people of Austin get to have free WiFi."
Today, Image Microsystems joins the Project and its partners in Free WiFi, a partnership among non-profit and commercial organizations supporting the spread and usage of free WiFi hotspots. Other partners include Austin Wireless Group, Austin Free-Net, EFF-Austin, Less Networks and Wi-Fi FreeSpot.