In 2013, Smart Cities Council member ABB and Silicon Valley Power (SVP) opened a communications network to provide free public outdoor Wi-Fi access through the city of Santa Clara. Replacing an outdated and limited system that only served parts of the city, Santa Clara Free Wi-Fi provides access to residents as well as the tens of thousands of workers who commute to the city to work for companies that form the cornerstone of the high-tech industry.

The network — called SVP MeterConnect — refers to the advanced meters and the wireless technology powering SVP’s upgrade to wireless smart metering for its electricity customers.

In the future, the city plans to use the same network to provide mobile access for municipal field workers (public safety, building and fire inspectors, parks and recreation, and more), reducing operational costs versus cellular cards and delivering greater bandwidth.

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Originally posted at Smart Cities Council.