Satellite Technology Feature Article
Alvarion Will Triple Deployment in Two Years by Connecting 300 Smart Cities in Brazil
By Frank Griffin, TMCnet Contributing Writer
Brazil is one of the shining examples of the developing world where technology is being adopted not only in the big cities, but virtually every municipality in every state of the country. As the 2016 Olympics rapidly approaches, they are working at a fever pitch pace to showcase the country, and show the world its many accomplishments. The deployment of wireless broadband solutions by Alvarion (News - Alert) will create Smart Cities in 300 municipalities across 24 different states in Brazil.
Alvarion has been in Brazil since 2000, launching its first Smart City in 2006 in the city of Catanduva, in the Sao Paulo State. The goal of the company’s Smart City initiative is to turn municipalities of all sizes into a networked environment, where public and private organization can use the technology to improve security, healthcare, enterprise and other opportunities.
“Alvarion has extensive experience in ‘Smart City’ deployments, particularly in the Brazilian market where we’ve been active since 2006. Our best-in-class carrier-grade wireless broadband solutions are designed to deliver multiple applications, on the same network, with the highest standards of security and quality of service, allowing municipalities to build these wireless networks in an efficient and cost effective way,” said Hezi Lapid, president and CEO of Alvarion.
Broadband technology brings with it many opportunities, but in developing countries the cost associated with building the infrastructure for fixed broadband service is prohibitive. If on the other hand wireless broadband is used it can offer this technology in the remotest of places without the financial burden of fixed infrastructure.
Setting up the wireless network eliminates the need to lease E1/T1 lines. The company uses point-to-point and point-to-multipoint wireless technology to interconnect government offices, first responders as well as other organizations.
The cities are built using the company’s BreezeNet B, BreezeACCESS VL and WBS WiFi (News - Alert) with 2.4, 4.9, 5.4 and 5.8 GHz frequencies. This allows the system to support many different applications from a single wireless broadband network. Once the system is in place it can offer Internet access, voice, data and video connectivity and create business opportunities for service providers. The technology gives rural areas access to information for medical care, education and entertainment.
“Over the past three years, Alvarion’s network has made it possible for us to deliver a variety of services ranging from city-wide public Internet access, video surveillance for public safety, e-learning and connectivity for municipal buildings, schools and healthcare clinics,” said, Doctor and University professor Tarcízio Pimenta Júnior, mayor of Feira De Santana City in Bahia State, Brazil.
Edited by Brooke Neuman