Nationwide wireless network for Singapore

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Singapore government aims for a nationwide Wi-Fi initiative. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Finance Ministry are taking initiative steps for making government services more accessible by using Internet.


IDA is planning to set up 22 new CitizensConnect Centres in community centres and clubs. Each centre has two computers and an officer to help user to pay their government bills, renew or apply for HDB season parking tickets and other services. The IDA's initiative, named Wireless@SG will provide free Wi-Fi access to all Singapore residents and visitors from overseas.


IDA has awarded Firetide Inc., a developer of wireless multi-service mesh technology and its partner iCell Network, for building the eastern portion of Singapore with Wi-Fi technology. iCell will use Firetide's wireless mesh network technology to create a high-capacity wireless infrastructure for the thousands of new Firetide access points needed for the area. iCell will also incorporate Firetide's Hotview Controller software, which is expected to enable high speed mobility throughout the Firetide/iCell network. This capability allows mesh nodes operating in vehicles moving at high speeds such as police cars and ambulances, buses, and trains to remain connected to the network at all times. Firetide and iCell Network are currently finalizing the network design, which will initially include free 512 Kbps Wi-Fi access.


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