Maidstone WiMAX trial showcases public sector apps

Pilot network went live in July 2008 with support of Maidstone Borough Council

Maidstone WiMAX trial showcases public sector apps

Alvarion, a provider of WiMAX and wireless broadband solutions, and MLL Telecom successfully built a WiMAX network for the UK’s Mobile WiMAX Acceleration Group (M-WAG) that has been used to test a wide variety of applications for the consumer, business and local government markets.

The pilot network in Maidstone went live in July 2008 with the support of Maidstone Borough Council and has been used to trial a number of different applications such as mobile data, mobile VoIP and mobile video streaming.

Alvarion’s Mobile WiMAX BreezeMAX base stations were positioned in the centre of Maidstone and communicated with different end user devices including Alvarion Indoor CPEs (customer premise equipment), laptops equipped with Mobile WiMAX PCMCIA cards, USB dongles and digital cameras and encoders.

The trial also featured a public sector element in which EADS Defence and Security, together with Kent Fire and Rescue Service, tested the use of Mobile WiMAX for delivering real-time video between an incident scene, a mobile command unit and the headquarters control room. The trial validated the use of real-time visual communications that can be set up on the go and improve the decision making capability of a first-responder service.

Bluenowhere, a wholesale WiMAX network operator supporting local government applications, in conjunction with Maidstone Borough Council, also demonstrated the capability of WiMAX to replace 3G and fixed CCTV connections in a cost-effective manner to provide 24/7 IP-based video surveillance services on a fixed and mobile basis. Also piloted was the use of WiMAX to save costs in building inspection and for live data capture by the community safety team.

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