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City of Okmulgee Selects Tropos’ Wireless Broadband Network to Improve Mobile Worker Efficiencies and Enable New Applications


SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- June 16, 2011 - Tropos Networks, the best-of-breed provider of wireless IP broadband network technology, announces its selection by the city of Okmulgee, Oklahoma. The Tropos network will be deployed citywide and initially will enable mobile data applications for first responders—police and firefighters, for the first time. Previously, officers were limited to two-way voice radios for communications which was time consuming and limited information access. With the wireless network, emergency workers will have access to new applications that improve their efficiencies, reduce response times and costs, and increase community safety.

“The police department is excited to be at the forefront in implementing new technologies that will enable us to do our jobs better and more efficiently,” said Police Chief Joe Prentice. “Access to information can make a significant difference in saving lives and improving safety in our city.”

The Tropos network will be comprised of fixed nodes across the city’s 12.8 square miles and will include mobile nodes in the city’s 35 police and 10 fire vehicles. Examples of new applications first responders will have access to include Graphical Information Systems (GIS) that provide information about key city assets such as details about fire hydrant location, water pressure, etc.; license plate verification to check against national databases for stolen vehicles or registration violations; reports can be submitted from the field rather than officers returning to the precinct, enabling them to spend more time in the community. Additional applications under consideration in the future include video security cameras placed in key areas around town that can be centrally monitored.

In addition to first responders, the Tropos network will be used by mobile workers in other city departments, providing them access to applications and information in the field that previously was only available from their offices. Municipal departments planning to use the network include community development, street department, and public works. Until now, the city found it too costly to provide all of the city’s mobile workers a cellular data card. Even those that had a cellular data card were still limited as many of the bandwidth-intensive applications ran too slowly to be useful. Using the Tropos broadband network, a full range of applications can be efficiently and cost effectively accessed concurrently. New applications enabled will include work order management, GIS, access to Internet databases, and many more.

“Adding the communications infrastructure will help bring our city into the digital age and improve how we deliver many city services,” said Marty Williams, information technology (IT) manager for Okmulgee, OK. “Deploying a Tropos network is an economical way for us to leverage our resources, provide a safer community, and build a foundation for future growth.”

“We are pleased to have been selected as the communications cornerstone transforming the city of Okmulgee’s communications infrastructure,” said Tom Ayers, president and CEO of Tropos Networks. “The city is taking forward-thinking steps to improving community services by deploying a flexible, scalable, and economical network that can support many applications now and into the future.”

About Tropos
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