Obregon deploys first city-wide Wi-Fi Network in Mexico

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The Sonora Institute of Technology (ITSON) Public University is deploying a multi-user, multi-application Wi-Fi network covering 23 square miles of Obregon, Mexico.

The wireless network, which uses the Tropos MetroMesh solution is part of the state and federally-owned university's initiative to create a knowledge-based and more productive economy in the region. The university is investing in two technology parks in Obregon; one is a university-owned agribusiness park and the other is a software park that is a partnership with state and local governments and in the city's wireless network. The wireless network will cover the technology parks and most of Obregon to help improve the local economy and create an attractive outsourcing opportunity for international technology companies. In the first phase, the network is being deployed to support simultaneous services, applications and content offered from the city's “Obregon Digital” portal accessible via laptops, PDAs and smart phones. Elementary schools will also be tied into the network for computer curriculum classes. In addition, the network will be used for public safety.

The city's Water Department will replace the current communication infrastructure system for the department's branches. In addition, an automated water meter reading pilot is being implemented to evaluate telemetry for industrial, commercial and residential consumption.

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