Infocis Selects Netlogix to Deploy a Municipal Wireless Network

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Multi-use network to support several applications for Public Safety, Traffic Management, and general Municipal staff access across multi-city region in Northeast Wisconsin

The INFOCIS group has taken a very smart and collaborative approach to this process, and we are confident it will yield considerable success for the applications they will be testing

The Interactive Network for the Fox Cities (INFOCIS), a consortium of seven municipal organizations in the Fox Valley region of Wisconsin, recently announced their selection of NetLogix to design and deploy a municipal wireless network. Utilizing high-speed wireless broadband, the network will initially extend through the City of Appleton and the Town of Grand Chute. Based upon the success of this initial phase, the network will eventually expand throughout additional areas of northeastern Wisconsin. Planning and construction is already underway with a scheduled launch in June of 2009.

NetLogix, a global leader in wireless telecommunications engineering and managed services, will construct the initial phase of the network for a 7-mile corridor along College Avenue from Highway 441 to the outer edge of Outagamie County Regional Airport. The coverage area includes the downtown area of the City of Appleton, a regional shopping mall in Grand Chute, industrial and commercial zones, and some residential areas.

With long-term growth in mind, the build-out will include a combination of the existing INFOCIS fiber backbone, with wireless point-to-multipoint and mesh data links. Utilizing fixed equipment installations on municipally-owned facilities and WE Energies-owned street lights, the network will provide access to multiple agencies and jurisdictions while securely riding over a single network infrastructure.

The high-speed data network will immediately provide wireless connections to government staff, supply first responders with in-field access, and will assist traffic management with real-time communications between street lights.

"The INFOCIS group has taken a very smart and collaborative approach to this process, and we are confident it will yield considerable success for the applications they will be testing," says NetLogix Vice-President of Business Development Eric DaVersa.

NetLogix's multi-use network approach utilizes multiple layers of security in order to allow independent agencies to leverage a single network infrastructure. The planned wireless network is designed specifically to support public safety and public works applications, video surveillance, automatic vehicle location, and advanced metering infrastructure applications. INFOCIS will be evaluating additional applications that best suit the needs of participating municipal agencies.

"We've been investigating the benefits of wireless broadband networking for a very long time," said Scott Liske, Technology Services Director of the City of Appleton. "After an extensive planning and due diligence process, we're tremendously excited to see the next level of the INFOCIS network up and running."

INFOCIS includes the City of Appleton, City of Neenah, Town of Grand Chute, Outagamie County, Appleton Area School District, Winnebago County and Fox Valley Technical College.

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NetLogix is a proven leader in wireless telecommunications professional and managed services. NetLogix's services encompass all layers of networks including the design, deployment, and management of data center cores, licensed microwave 3G/4G, WiMAX, and WiFi networks.


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