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Kentucky Deploys Wireless Mesh Technology

Historic Hoge House in Frankfort

Historic Hoge House in Frankfort was one of the first state buildings in the capital city to receive a WiMAX wireless broadband network connection.

Visitors can experience the historic charm and striking landscapes of Kentucky's 22 state resort parks while staying connected thanks to a municipal wireless solution based on wireless mesh technology.

By using the new system, Kentucky hopes to attract more tourists by providing free Wi-Fi, Voice Over IP (VoIP) and E911 emergency service in all of its resort park cabins and guest rooms, as well as remote point of sale at cafeterias, gift shops and golf courses.

Kentucky has also deployed a fixed WiMAX broadband wireless solution as a cost-effective means of increasing broadband network capacity for government-owned buildings, beginning with the historic Hoge House in Frankfort.

"Even cabins across the lakes and in other remote areas of our resort parks have wireless data and voice capabilities, including E911 to enable rapid response in case of emergency," said Brad Watkins, director of the Division of Communications in the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT). "The mesh solution is simple and cost-effective because we're able to manage all 22 networks from one location here in Frankfort."

Simplicity and cost savings were also key factors in the decision to connect some employees from the Office of Creative Services located in Hoge House to the state's optical network using Nortel WiMAX technology.

This office needed substantially increased broadband capacity for high-resolution mapping of geological surveys, but alternatives like leased T1 lines, microwave and fiber extension were either inadequate or prohibitively expensive. In addition, Hoge House, as a historical landmark, has strict limitations on wiring and other modifications.

"The WiMAX solution gives us at least twice the capacity of the alternatives at a fraction of the cost," Watkins said. "It will pay for itself in only five months. And we can expand this solution to 11 other government-owned buildings in Frankfort at minimal additional cost."


Last Updated 11/14/2007