Denver Picks ATM Switches From 3Com for Network Upgrade

The city and county of Denver, Colo., announced May 12 that they are upgrading their ISDN network with 3Com Corp. ATM switches and Ethernet systems to create a combined metropolitan-area network and wide-area network that will link some 5,000 users and connect more than 300 government buildings.

The decision to build the $2 million fault-tolerant network that will share voice, data and video was driven by applications that will demand greater bandwidth, according to Denver officials. Among applications in process are a PeopleSoft Inc. financial and human resource package, a new video telemedicine application for inmates at the Denver County Jail and a plan to use network-driven video cameras to route rush-hour traffic.

The new network is more than 100 times faster than the previous network, according to 3Com executives. "Denver has a history as a pioneer," said Alonzo Matthews, manager of Denver's Department of General Services, "and we want to continue that tradition by applying leading-edge technology to run the most effective and efficient government we can for our citizens and business community. With our 3Com infrastructure, Denver maintains its heritage by leveraging the power of high-speed networks to deliver new and faster government services to all our constituents."

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