Ruckus Wireless Deploys Municipal Wi-Fi Network in San Francisco
Published on: 16th Dec 2013
Wi Fi equipment vendor Ruckus Wireless says that it had previously won a contract from the City and County of San Francisco USA to provide a free to the user municipal Wi Fi service up and down the City's world famous Market Street corridor.
Launched today, San Francisco's new free public Wi-Fi service is a key part of the City's multi-phase initiative to offer free public Wi-Fi in and around San Francisco.
This public-private partnership between San Francisco's Department of Technology (DT) and Ruckus teamed technical staff from the City and Ruckus to design, build and deploy the Wi-Fi network.
Mounted on traffic poles with gigabit fiber backbone connections, Ruckus ZoneFlex 7782-S outdoor access points (APs) are now providing dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz) Wi-Fi service to users along Market Street. In locations where fiber backhaul to the Ruckus access points is prohibitive, Ruckus smart mesh networking technology is being used to provide wireless connections between access points. Redundant Ruckus SmartCell Gateway (SCG) 200 wireless LAN (WLAN) controllers are deployed within the City's data center to aggregate traffic and provide centralized management of the Wi-Fi infrastructure.
"Our goal was to identify and install some of the world's best Wi-Fi technology that could deliver an exceptional experience to some of the world's most discerning users," said Marc Touitou, Chief Information Officer and director of the Department of Technology for the City and County of San Francisco. "We've found that technology right in our own backyard, and have worked hard with Ruckus Wireless to build the foundation of what we believe is one of the country's premiere public Wi-Fi services."