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Cisco Partner Helps Town Deploy Wireless Mesh Solution For Boston Marathon

When the runners of the 110th Boston Marathon wind their way through the town of Framingham, Mass., on Monday, public safety officials will be ready for them, thanks in part to a new wireless mesh pilot rolled out by solution provider NetTeks Technology Consultants.

NetTeks and vendor partner Cisco Systems are funding the Metropolitan Mobile Network pilot, a mesh networking solution that will bring broadband wireless access to agencies throughout the town, including public safety, transportation and public works.

“Framingham has a large fiber network, which we deployed a few years ago, and they were looking for ways to leverage that infrastructure,” said Ethan Simmons, partner at NetTeks, Boston.

If successful, the pilot, which includes Cisco’s Aironet 1500 mesh access points, Airespace WLAN controllers and Unified IP phones, could turn into a full-blown deployment for the town, Simmons said. For a town like Framingham, which spans approximately 25 square miles, a full deployment project could be a $4 million project, Simmons said.

Framingham officials plan to put the mesh network to its first real-world test to coordinate safety and traffic control efforts along the roughly 4-mile stretch of the marathon route that will run along a major road through the downtown area, said Kathleen McCarthy, director of technology services for the town.

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