City making wireless connection
- By Matt Caterinicchia
- Jul 12, 2002
3Com Corp. will announce July 17 the official launch of a project designed
to connect the residents, schools and local government agencies of Rolling
Meadows, Ill., through a common network using wireless technology.
The Rolling Meadows Metropolitan Area Network (RMMAN) project will integrate
3Com's wireless and telephone equipment to create a wireless connection
among the city's buildings including city hall, park district buildings
and libraries to improve interagency communication.
"We have developed a unique wireless connection between all the local
agencies," said Michael Broccolino, president of Eswoosh.com, a technology
consulting and development company based in Rolling Meadows and a 3Com partner.
Connecting all these entities on one wireless network saves money by eliminating
individual purchases for T-1 lines, he said.
In addition to the wireless network, the existing local-area networks
of each of the participating city agencies will be upgraded to Gigabit Ethernet
networks that will increase technological capabilities within their respective
"We have been trying to find ways to differentiate ourselves from all
the other municipalities in the area," said Rolling Meadows Mayor Thomas
Menzel. "We like to be innovative and creative."
The third component of the project is a new Internet gateway (www.rmman.org), where residents can sign up for free e-mail
accounts, obtain information on public services and park district programs
and download city forms, such as applications for vehicle registration and
animal licenses. All of this information will be retrievable from any computer
with an Internet connection.
"We wanted to give residents a place to access city information," said
Bill Swift, manager of corporate donations for 3Com. "Eventually, we plan
to give citizens the option of paying their water bill online, as well as
many other things."
According to Menzel, the RMMAN project is a great example of a collaborative
partnership between the private and public sector. "Everyone is going to
benefit," he said.
The project is being funded by a $1 million pledge in products and services
from 3Com. The network will be maintained by RMMAN, a nonprofit organization
created by this project.