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Rock Hill, SC to receive largest municipal Wi-Fi network in southeast with CSGData and Tropos MetroMesh system

Municipality in Charlotte metro region to own and operate network for public safety, utility and field services

November 1, 2006 - Consulting Services Group (CSGData), a leading wireless network integrator and Tropos Networks, the market leader for metro-scale wireless mesh network systems, today announced that the city of Rock Hill, South Carolina, has contracted with the two companies to provide the largest municipal wireless network in the southeast. The city-owned and operated network will enable Rock Hill to improve public safety, utility and public worker efficiency and productivity, while reducing costs, thereby improving customer services.

"Our goal is to provide a city-owned and operated wireless network that will allow the city to provide a higher level of service to our customers and citizens," said Doug Echols, mayor of the City of Rock Hill. "The network will enable us to extend the knowledge, informational resources and databases available in city offices to the public safety, utility and other municipal workers in the field."

Tropos MetroMesh routers will be deployed for the municipal Wi-Fi network which will initially cover 32 square miles with backhaul connections to the city's fiber ring. Tropos 4210 mobile routers will be installed in police and fire vehicles, permitting immediate access to critical state and federal databases, along with remote viewing of security surveillance videos from the field via laptops. Additionally utility vehicles, building inspectors and other municipal workers will utilize PDAs in the field to access the municipal network for remote processing of paperwork.

Ultimately, the municipal network will also provide automatic meter reading for water and electricity services, eliminating manual and false readings, providing remote turn off and turn on services due to vacation or delinquencies, and aid in, among other services, water theft and leak detection.

After reviewing the credentials of various wireless technology and service providers, the city of Rock Hill awarded the contract to CSGData and Tropos Networks following a successful live, almost year-long trial in downtown Rock Hill.

"We chose CSGData and the Tropos MetroMesh system because it best met our requirements for performance and coverage, mobile access, and the ability to manage and get statistics from one central location," said James G. Bagley Jr., utilities director of the City of Rock Hill. "For the past five years, we have been exploring options for a wireless broadband solution. These two companies met our needs for a solution that is practical, economical, and reliable."

"CSGData is excited to be selected to provide Rock Hill, South Carolina, the largest municipal wireless network in the Southeast," said Richard Marko, Vice President of CSGData. "Together with our equipment partner, Tropos Networks, we will provide Rock Hill with the most advanced broadband wireless system available in the world today."

"We have been at the forefront of making metro-scale Wi-Fi the most practical and reliable mobile broadband technology for cities around the world," said Ron Sege, president and CEO of Tropos Networks. "We've incorporated our broad market experience to provide advances in mobility, reliability and network management to give cities all the tools they need to provide anywhere, anytime, any device connectivity to their workers and to efficiently optimize and operate their networks. We are gratified that our approach is helping Rock Hill to meet its goals and provide the ultimate payback to its citizens in improved services and safety."

About CSGData

CSGData is a market leader in delivering state-of-the-art wireless data systems. We specialize in the deployment of mobile broadband data systems and provide turn-key deployments from engineering studies to project completion including support services. CSGData is headquartered in Longwood, Florida. For more information, please visit, call 407-792-4757 or write to

About Rock Hill, South Carolina

The City of Rock Hill, SC is located near the North Carolina-South Carolina border approximately 24 miles south of Charlotte, NC along the I-77 corridor. Rock Hill is the largest city in York County and the fourth largest city in the state, with a population near 60,000 and covering more than 33 square miles. Once a vibrant textile hub, Rock Hill has evolved from its industrial roots into a progressive, full service city boasting outstanding parks and sports facilities, museums and cultural events, a quality education system and a robust business climate. Those amenities, combined with the comforts of a mild year-round climate, recreational and residential opportunities on Lake Wylie and accessibility to both the beach and mountains, have driven the growth and energy of Rock Hill. As the City plans for additional expansion, vision and comprehensive planning are being met with innovation and action to ensure Rock Hill's continued progress.

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