On average, 50-70% of municipal workers are mobile. These employees include police, fire and emergency medical personnel, building inspectors, animal control officers, parks and recreation workers, maintenance crews, restaurant and health inspectors, parking enforcement officers, transit workers and many more. Enabling these workers with broadband access in the field has been proven to increase worker efficiency, provide cost savings and reduce vehicle emissions.
In addition, broadband in the field can be used for machine-to-machine applications that improve operational efficiency. These applications include:
Municipal utility (water/gas/electric) – distribution automation, advanced metering infrastructure and SCADA
Intelligent transportation systems – traffic signal management, transit signal priority, variable message signs and red light enforcement cameras
Video surveillance – security as well as crime prevention and prosecution
A wireless broadband network can be used to provide public internet access, offering a valued amenity to the community and its visitors as well as fostering economic development.
ABB’s Tropos wireless communications network can deliver broadband for all of these city services on the same platform. It offers a fast, secure, reliable and easily scalable platform, securely partitioned enabling differentiated quality of service standards for different users. As a result, communications for vital services such as fire, police and ambulance can reliably run on the same network as smart metering monitoring and data backhaul, mobile municipal work forces, public lighting and a host of other services. This makes the communications infrastructure more cost efficient and easier to manage. Additionally, new revenue streams such as the provision of public wireless internet and variable rate parking metering can be delivered.