Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority Launches Wireless Network for Public Safety and Traffic Telemetry

— November 29, 2006

The Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority is deploying a Cisco wireless mesh network to help protect commuters and provide for better transit service experience.

Houston METRO will deploy Cisco Aironet 1500 Series mesh access points at 47 locations throughout the city, including METRO Park & Ride lots and major stops. At each of these locations, Houston METRO will link Internet Protocol (IP) security cameras, which will be able to scan and report in real time suspicious activities and monitor other public safety concerns - all by utilizing Cisco's wireless Wi-Fi mesh network.

"METRO realizes that our customers leave a valuable investment at our park and ride lots and it's imperative that we provide them with the safest environment possible," said Erik Oistad, chief information officer of Houston METRO.

Additionally, Houston METRO is equipping 150 intersections with Cisco wireless and mobile routers. A Cisco 3200 Series Router allows for signal information to be uploaded without recurring monthly charges and provides for future traffic management enhancements, such as video surveillance and wireless hot spots for METRO employees and public safety officials. This would allow the transit authority to monitor traffic situations around the county and better plan and optimize transit services as traffic dynamically changes.

"Improving public safety is a driving force for cities to adopt outdoor wireless technologies," said Alan Cohen, senior director, Mobility Solutions, Cisco. "Using the latest mesh solution from Cisco, a transit authority like Houston is able to monitor remote parking lots and stops in real time. Riders can rest assured knowing that municipalities and their agencies, like Houston METRO, are working around the clock to protect their riders and keep their bus stops safe."

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