October 9, 2006 By Gina M. Scott
Dublin's police and municipal workers will be able to use the wireless network bandwidth to access a number of applications, such as real-time police video monitoring, high-speed data access for police cruisers, mobility for first responders and mobile field inspection.
"This municipal wireless deployment will allow residents, businesses and city employees of Dublin to have mobile access to the Internet," said Dublin Mayor Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher. "Our primary goals of this outdoor Wi-Fi network are to enhance public safety and improve the city's operational efficiencies while also encouraging and creating growth opportunities for locally owned companies and residents."
The initial deployment of the system will be followed by a citywide extension of the wireless mesh network. "Our new Wi-Fi network advances the technology-based economy that is instrumental to the future economic development of the City of Dublin and all of Central Ohio," said Chinnici-Zuercher.
October 16th will be wireless day in Dublin, and other communities in the vicinity will be able to see the mesh network demonstrated. Along with the network, Dublin's Mobile Command Post (MCP), a city police department mobile communications vehicle installed with a wireless mobile router, will be on hand for demonstration.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.