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Cisco, IBM in group to provide wireless access over 1,500 square milesAn umbrella of wireless mesh networking will be opened soon over Silicon Valley, as a group of companies including Cisco and IBM has won a bid to serve the region’s 42 municipalities and 2.4 million residents. Silicon Valley Metro Connect, a group that also includes Azulstar Networks and Seakay, will provide wireless access to the public and support a broad range of uses by residential, small business, public sector and commercial users over nearly 1,500 square miles. “Silicon Valley is well known as a birthplace of innovation, and this is the kind of ambitious project for which our region is known,” said Russell Hancock, president and CEO, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network.”Silicon Valley Metro Connect impressed the team with a vision that breaks the mold for wireless cities. The Valley is becoming the epicenter for innovation in wireless technologies.” The coalition voting to approve the contract includes every city and county in both San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties as well as the cities of Fremont and Newark in Alameda County and the City of Santa Cruz, according to Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, which is leading the effort through the Wireless Silicon Valley initiative, The San Jose Mercury News reported. “œSilicon Valley is well known as a birthplace of innovation, and this is the kind of ambitious project for which our region is known,” said Russell Hancock, president and CEO, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network.”Silicon Valley Metro Connect impressed the team with a vision that breaks the mold for wireless cities. The Valley is becoming the epicenter for innovation in wireless technologies.”The wireless network can provide an alternative communications medium to first responders-fire, police and emergency medical-when traditional communications systems may not interoperate. Healthcare workers will be able to access information wherever they are, and students can more easily engage in learning beyond the classroom.Silicon Valley Metro Connect will build the network based on the latest Cisco Systems mesh wireless infrastructure technology, with a dynamic technology upgrade program to ensure long-term network vitality and scalability. IBM will provide network design and integration services, as well as innovative technology applications for public agencies and local utilities including: intelligent traffic solutions to regulate traffic and reduce congestion, and automated wireless utility and traffic metering. Azulstar Networks will act as the network operator for service provisioning of the 802.11b/g base wireless network. SeaKay will work with municipal and public benefit agencies to customize the network to their needs, and will also spearhead outreach and digital inclusion programs to meet the economic development and social benefit objectives of the network.

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