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dsteil
dsteil  
10/3/2013 10:55:00 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Free WiFi
 In Barcelona the public wifi system is obsolete because of the number of smartphone users on the network. The platform needs:
  • More Bandwidth
  • More Antenna more MIMO streams (8×8)
  • More Efficient spectrum use

With the recent introduction of 802.11ac operating on the 5Ghz in addition to hotspot 2.0, Barcelona should lead the way on the next generation of municipal wifi springboards. The mission is to create cost-effective ways to add capacity, upgrade networks and increase ROI.
  • Pay to Park systems
  • Machine 2 Machine Operations (Internet of Things)
  • Integrated Waste Management Solutions
  • Integrated Bicing Transportation
  • Mass Transit (Tram/Metro/Bus systems)
  • Security
  • Traffic
  • Free Public Access

There needs to be a nimble business model that cities can not only provide this service, but also create revenue to cover the installation and operational costs.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
10/2/2013 3:23:45 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Other services
Thats part of the reason why i dropped Verizon in the first place...they charge way to much for Data plans.

James@SanDiego
James@SanDiego  
10/2/2013 9:20:14 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Other services
Dave, Verizon wants to start charging websites for the data packets that are sent 2subscribers phones. They want to start charging websites for subscribers to access

James@SanDiego
James@SanDiego  
10/2/2013 9:18:42 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Other services
Dave, Verizon wants to charge websites for data packets that are sent to subscribers on their phones.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
10/2/2013 9:04:23 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Other services
James, really WOW! Thats great...I think the entire country is going WiFi pretty soon. I mean more and more Cell phone companies are offering it in various areas through hotspots. I have never liked AT&T because of spotty service and the high cost of Data plans but i'm with Sprint now and havent had a problem with them at all.

So i really think WiFi is going to be a big deal in the coming years for Cities and companies to offer its citizens and customers.But I think that Citys will begin to offer faster service but may begin charging via taxes to use the faster services.

James@SanDiego
James@SanDiego  
10/1/2013 11:35:12 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Other services
Dave, and now AT&T has taken to beating Google to the punch by offering free Wi-Fi to Austin, Texas by the end of this year.

kq4ym
kq4ym  
10/1/2013 5:57:41 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Free WiFi
It would seem the possibilies are unlimited for monitoring via wifi pings what the public is doing and where they are. Lots of stats would be useful of course, and there has to be some very creative people just ready to hop aboard this new field.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
10/1/2013 1:14:32 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Other services
Pablo, I believe AT&T offers free WiFi if you have Cell service with them throughout the United States at various Hot Spots. But then again any McDonalds, Starbucks and many other stores offer free WiFi hotspots you can use...also Hotels offer it as well. Its getting to the point we may not really need to get cell service to surf the web or contact people aslong as we have Free WiFi we can do all that. But you are correct, the Free stuff is limited. I'm not sure what the limit is in Burbank but I do know its pretty slow or often times its difficult at best to connect to the free Hotspots in Burbank CA.

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
10/1/2013 12:52:39 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Other services
"There are so many unanswered questions here, we can make a long list. I support WiFi in our City, in our schools, in Libraries and pretty much everywhere I go. Its a great service. I just wish the city app was improved to include more city services."

@Dave, I think Burbank is going the right way. As for other services city WiFi supports a significant number of public services in a way no other comunications technology can.

The ability to collect cell phone location data without being intrusive is really important. In contrast with cell location data, which can raise serious privacy issues, WiFi location is not so accurate, but can give you an approximate location of a device (within the WiFi transmitter range) and help monitor movement patterns.

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
10/1/2013 12:48:12 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Free WiFi
@rja045, thank you for your comment. The speed limit of city wi-fi (the one in open places) is set by Spain's telecom regulator to 256 kbps. City libraries are limited to 1Mbps.

The EU is setting new rules, including net neutrality. Legislation is going fast through the EU parliament and expected to be apporved before the end of the year.

 

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