SkyPilot Networks Inc. announced the SkyExtender TriBand product for municipal wireless deployments at TelecomNEXT, which offers support for 4.9GHz public safety applications as well as 2.4GHz Wi-Fi mesh and 5GHz synchronous backhaul.
The SkyExtender TriBand was built to meet the combined requirements of the public/private partnership between municipalities and service providers by supporting a mixed-use environment of municipal applications and broadband Internet access services, the company said.
Municipalities dont want two separate networks to support public access and government needs, explained Linda Kalcic, vice president of corporate marketing. The capex and complexity, not to mention the multiple pieces of equipment, is not attractive. So the evolution in municipal wireless is to multi-use, multi-application networks.
TriBand supports applications such as commercial hotspot connectivity; VoWiFi; digital divide broadband service; public safety access to serve the field connectivity needs of first responders, including police, fire and emergency services; real-time video surveillance applications; and remote municipal worker connectivity, such as on-site access to survey records, report filing by building inspectors, and the automated reading of water, gas, electric and parking meters.