According to an Intel’s Solution Services Blueprint “going wireless” offers many potential benefits for communities-from increased productivity to lower costs to greater citizen satisfaction- while being practical and cost-effective.
This blueprint, titled “Communities Step Up to the Challenges with Wireless Technology-based Strategies” describes how wireless and mobile technologies can provide to the communities the foundation for strategies to achieve “A diverse, sustainable community with healthy neighbourhoods, a vibrant urban core, a strong regional economy and quality jobs for all citizens”. Some benefits are:
- Emergency workers can be better informed, enabling them to respond more quickly—saving lives and property.
- City government agencies can better serve their citizens and improve efficiency of services while decreasing costs.
- Businesses can be more competitive and profitable.
- Schools and universities can better teach tomorrow’s digitally literate workforce.
- Citizens are more satisfied with government services and their communities.
Intel argues that deploying a community-wide wireless infrastructure opens options for new strategies for addressing the challenges communities face today—increasing productivity, lowering costs, bringing improved performance to business and government, and delivering greater citizen satisfaction—, while meeting criteria set forth by stakeholders.
A wireless network can:
- Align with organizational business goals.
- Meet needs for community-wide network coverage and fast, secure connectivity.
- Provide powerful network performance and superior quality of service.
- Be scalable and compatible with legacy networks.
The blueprint uses also four case studies to describe how the local communities worldwide are making the move toward providing convenient and efficient wireless broadband communications to their citizens, businesses and municipal employees:
- Arizona State University and Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A
- In the southwestern United States, Arizona State University (ASU) is teaming with the City of Tempe to extend a campus-wide wireless network to provide wireless access into downtown Tempe. ASU wants to attract new students and enhance the learning experience of current students by offering superior facilities, services and tools. Tempe’s goal is to extend the advantages of wireless access to businesses, government agencies and residents.
- Unwire Portland Initiative, U.S.A
- Portland, Oregon, a major metropolitan city in the northwestern U.S., is driving the development of a city-wide wireless network to provide leading-edge wireless communications technology at low cost to all citizens, schools, small businesses and local government agencies. The project is being pursued through an innovative public-private partnership.
- Xi’an Economic and Technological Development Zone, China
- To make Xi’an Economic and Technological Development Zone (“XDZ”) more attractive to local and foreign investment, XDZ has recently undertaken a project to turn the development zone into an advanced “e-Park.” Key to this project is the development of a wireless infrastructure covering the entire development zone. Both internal staff and tenants will be able to securely communicate and access information from a PDA, laptop or cell phone from anywhere in the development zone.
- The Digital North-Rhine Westphalia Project, Germany
- To become a leading business region in Europe, the state of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) in western Germany is taking steps to transform its industrial-based economy into a knowledge-based economy. As one step toward this goal, NRW launched the digital NRW (dNRW) project, a public private partnership focused on building an infrastructure to stimulate business growth.