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Wi-Fi Cleaning Up London’s Streets

Posted: 10th Mar, 2004 By: MarkJ
The use of broadband wireless technology around London, especially with devices such as CCTV cameras etc., is helping to cut both costs and crime:

A pilot scheme running at the moment means CCTV cameras and noise monitoring equipment can be operated over a wireless network, allowing the system to be updated cheaply and quickly, as well as being flexible enough to spot and deal with unexpected areas of criminal activity.

The 'Wireless City' project also means council officers can access their network on the move or on-site around the city using their PDAs, avoiding the need to return to their offices to check reports or download files. The council also hopes that in the future, the wireless scheme could embrace the entire network of council services.

Looking to the future of the wireless city, the spokesman said the project could see police being able to monitor a crime scene on handheld devices before making an arrest, Wi-Fi-connected parking meters where users could pay by credit card, and even using the network to ensure that rubbish is being collected on time and that streetlights are working correctly.


No mention of the security issues with using wireless technology over cables in cased in concrete or future conflicts with other hotspot services on the same frequency; hopefully they've got that covered. More @ ZDNet.
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