Visitors can experience the historic charm and striking landscapes of Kentucky's 22 state resort parks without sacrificing the safety and convenience of staying in touch thanks to a municipal wireless solution from Nortel.
With this solution based on wireless mesh technology, the Commonwealth of Kentucky hopes to attract more tourists by providing free Wi-Fi, VoIP and E911 emergency service in all of its resort park cabins and guest rooms, as well as remote point of sale at cafeterias, gift shops and golf courses.
Kentucky has also deployed a fixed WiMAX broadband wireless solution as a cost-effective means of doubling broadband network capacity for government-owned buildings, beginning with historic Hoge House in Frankfort, the state's capital city.
"Even cabins across the lakes and in other remote areas of our resort parks have wireless data and voice capabilities, including E911 to enable rapid response in case of emergency," said Brad Watkins, director of Kentucky's Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT). "The mesh solution is simple and cost-effective because we're able to manage all 22 networks from one location here in Frankfort."
Simplicity and cost savings were also key factors in the decision to connect the COT Creative Services Department located in Hoge House to the state's optical network using Nortel WiMAX technology.
This department needed substantially increased broadband capacity for high-resolution mapping of geological surveys, but alternatives like leased T1 lines, microwave and fiber extension were either inadequate or prohibitively expensive. In addition, Hoge House, as a historical landmark, has strict limitations on wiring and other modifications.
"The WiMAX solution gives us at least twice the capacity of the alternatives at a fraction of the cost," Watkins said. "It will pay for itself in only five months. And we can expand this solution to 11 other government-owned buildings in Frankfort at minimal additional cost."
"Kentucky provides living proof that municipal wireless can be successful," said Charles Salameh, vice president, Network Business Solutions, Nortel. "The trick is to identify the right business model, the right applications and the right partners up front. Nortel worked closely with the Kentucky COT to make sure all of these elements for success were in place."
Nortel distribution partner Tech Data Corporation assisted one of its networking solution provider customers in supplying and deploying the Nortel wireless mesh and WiMAX networks for COT.
Nortel also announced today an agreement to provide wireless mesh and IPTV solutions for KermanTel in Kerman, Calif., and a series of wireless mesh deployments by FRII (Front Range Internet Inc.) for municipal wireless applications in northern Colorado.