Ardmore goes wireless

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- The city of Ardmore has a new wireless broadband system in place. It’s one of the few cities in the state that has such a system. After several months of testing, the system is ready to go.

The new wireless broadband system cost the city about $1.6 million. Installers have been testing it since last summer. Officials say it is unique because it links all emergency personnel in the city, whether it’s a police car or a fire engine.

Connex USA, the builders of the system, installed several wireless nodes around the city which will allow, for example, the police or fire chief to watch live video of a crime scene or a burning building, allowing the official to assess the situation before arriving on scene.

"We believe it’s going to be beneficial to the citizens of Ardmore. This will increase efficiency and time it might take to save someone’s life, save a burning house, respond to a call from the police department,” Ardmore mayor Bob Guerin says.

Most people may be used to seeing meter readers coming through neighborhoods, and we're told that is set to change with this new technology, which will allow instant readings with a push of a button from a laptop.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 20, 2008 at 11:21 AM
    Keep your cable, it's cheaper and faster. The wireless service charges $2.95 hr., $7.95 and day, $18.95 week, or $29.95 a month. Cable and DSL are a better deal at these prices.
  • by D Location: Ardsville... on Feb 20, 2008 at 06:41 AM
    The real "test" will come when we see how long it will take for the system to be HACKED. Also, I think later on in the year, Ardmore will be letting citizens access the wireless network for a fee.
  • by Bill Location: Ardmore on Feb 20, 2008 at 04:44 AM
    The only problem with this technology is when you recieve a water bill for $5000.00 and call the city to tell them you didn't use that much water, the only response you will get is "I'm sorry sir but our records show that your did". The removal of human intervention is not always a good thing. How many jobs were eliminated with this $1.6 million dollars?
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