& cplSiteName &

Navy Network Serves Families

Light Reading
LR Mobile News Analysis
Light Reading
7/24/2006
50%
50%

Putting wireless technology to work for military families, Wireless Evolutions has installed a WiFi mesh network using gear from BelAir Networks Inc. in two housing developments for Navy personnel in San Diego.,

The two communities, the Gateway Center and the Naval Training Center, now have a wireless network that offers high-speed Internet connectivity to residents free of charge. The Naval Training Center network went live in May and the Gateway system in late June. Both areas have about 500 units each.

Lincoln Military Housing, a division of international real estate development and property management company Lincoln Property, built and manages the two communities. Since its inception in 2001, LMH has become the largest single operator of military housing in the United States.

In business since 2003, Dallas-based Wireless Evolutions has focused to date on wireless networks for student housing. The NTC deployment, says CEO Jim Harycki, was a natural next step for the company.

"This was our first mesh deployment, after we started looking closely at mesh about a year ago," Harycki recalls. "We thought this would be a much better product to bring these types of communities online, from a cost perspective especially. It's cheaper than the traditional Cisco applications we'd used previously."

Military husband James Wheeler, who has lived with his wife (a Navy CS2, or Commisarywoman Second Class) and infant daughter in Gateway for about 18 months, uses the Internet for all the usual applications -- in his studies at San Diego City College, playing video games, sending pictures to his family on the East Coast, and paying bills online.

"We used to have Internet service from Cox Cable," says Wheeler. "I can't tell any difference with this service, except for the $40 a month I'm not paying the cable company anymore."

The Wireless Evolutions network uses 39 mesh access points in the two communities, including a mix of Bel Air 100 and 200 Wireless Multi-service Nodes plus a sprinkling of 50s. The use of mesh technology made it a speedy and relatively smooth build-out: The network was installed in 30 days. Future enhancements, says Harycki, will include support for voice-over-WiFi so the residents will be able to communicate inexpensively with friends and family scattered across the globe.

Harycki also expects the NTC deployment to mark the beginning of long-term partnership with Lincoln Military Housing.

"This is the first of what we hope are several deployments with LMH," Harycki says. "We've done a site survey at Camp Pendleton, in Oceanside, Calif., for 3,000 housing units up there. We're also looking at military communities in Twenty-Nine Palms, Calif., and next month we're heading to Quantico, Va."

— Richard Martin, Senior Editor, Unstrung

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Featured Video
From The Founder
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
November 30, 2017, The Westin Times Square
December 5-7, 2017, The Intercontinental Prague
March 20-22, 2018, Denver Marriott Tech Center
May 14-17, 2018, Austin Convention Center
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
SmartNICs aren't just about achieving scale. They also have a major impact in reducing CAPEX and OPEX requirements.
Hot Topics
When Will 6G Arrive? Hopefully Never, Says BT's McRae
Iain Morris, News Editor, 11/21/2017
Let's Talk About 5G Efficiency, Not Wacky Services
Iain Morris, News Editor, 11/21/2017
AT&T's Lurie Leaps to Synchronoss as New CEO
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/17/2017
Wireless Could Arrive Soon in NYC Subway Tunnels
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/20/2017
Sprint COO Ottendorfer Jumps Ship
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/17/2017
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.

During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.

She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.

Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Partner Perspectives - content from our sponsors
The Mobile Broadband Road Ahead
By Kevin Taylor, for Huawei
All Partner Perspectives