May 25, 2004 By Miriam Jones
Bossier City is making the move as part of an effort to migrate from a CDPD-based network to a 1xRTT network. The MTG is an optimized TCP/IP solution for wireless data transmission over private or public radio frequency narrowband networks.
By utilizing the Mobile TCP/IP Gateway, Bossier City addresses multiple issues associated with this migration, including the ability to maintain static IP addresses for mobile users, greater data compression, allowing the city to expand their mobile force while reducing the costs associated with network traffic, and the city's need to adhere to state and federal data encryption requirements.
"Migrating from CDPD to 1xRTT has presented us with challenges that are very new to us," said Donald Jackson, Bossier City's IT manager. "It had taken us months to get a handle on the new technology, the steps required to meet state encryption requirements, and how to cut costs by improving data compression. Radio IP has been instrumental in acting as a central connect that links this all together for us."
With the MTG installed, Bossier City has seen data compression increase by 55 percent, providing the city with significant cost savings. The gateway also allows the city to meet all necessary government encryption requirements.
Bossier City's deployment is currently underway, with 100 mobile units used by Bossier City Police Department being installed now, and an additional 27 units used by Bossier City Fire Department to be installed by June 2004.
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