City of Staunton, Virginia Offers Free Public Wi-Fi via Enterasys identiFi™
One of First Municipalities in the State to Offer Highly Reliable and Secure
Public Space Wi-Fi
ANDOVER, Mass., Nov. 5, 2012
ANDOVER, Mass., Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterasys Networks, a Siemens
Enterprise Communications Company, announced today the City of Staunton,
Virginia, has upgraded its network with an Enterasys OneFabric Edgesolution to
better serve its citizens at 30 city government locations. Based upon
Enterasys identiFi™, the city is offering free public Wi-Fi Internet access in
the city's Gypsy Hill Park, which includes a pool, baseball field and
bandstand where several events take place each week. This deployment is an
extension of the free Wi-Fi the city implemented in the Staunton Public
Library nearly ten years ago as one of the state's first public libraries to
offer wireless access.
Located in the Shenandoah Valley, Staunton is a 20-square mile city with
24,000 residents. As a long-time Enterasys customer, Staunton has been using
Enterasys solutions for 20 years through several network upgrades. The city
has 450 nodes on its network, which includes wide area support for the city
schools, fiber connect in all its city government facilities, and 28 access
points for Wi-Fi access.
"With a five-person IT staff, we are challenged to keep our network stable and
running, a critical function for a municipality. Similar to a public utility,
there is a high expectation for the network to be always available and so far,
our employees have had no complaints about the coverage," said Kurt Plowman,
CTO at City of Staunton. "As a long-time customer, I can say that Enterasys'
identiFi and OneFabric solutions consistently exceed our expectations."
The City of Staunton has plans to build on its current network to continue to
expand Wi-Fi access throughout the city. They are also planning a project to
offer enhanced mobility to its police and fire department, which will be
supported by the Wi-Fi network. The city is also considering replacing its
existing Enterasys core switch with a new EnterasysS-Series. "Enterasys
solutions work so well we haven't needed to upgrade. We ran one of our
Enterasys switching platforms for more than 10 years. Their products simply
work and are built to last the test of time," said Plowman.
"One key benefit of using Enterasys is the low cost of annual maintenance, as
well as the low support costs and lifetime warranties on products. Just the
other day, I spent some time on the line with Enterasys tech support and never
felt rushed and was very happy with the service provided," said Plowman.
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About Enterasys Networks and Siemens Enterprise Communications
Siemens Enterprise Communications is a leading global provider of unified
communications (UC) solutions and network infrastructure for enterprises of
all sizes. Leveraging 160 years of experience, we deliver innovation and
quality to the world's most successful companies, backed by a world-class
services portfolio which includes international multi-vendor managed and
outsourcing capabilities. Our OpenScape communications solutions provide a
seamless and efficient collaboration experience – on any device – which
amplifies collective effort and dramatically improves business performance.
Together, our global team of UC experts and service professionals set the
standards for a rich communications experience that empowers teams to deliver
better results. Siemens Enterprise Communications is a joint venture of The
Gores Group and Siemens AG, and includes Enterasys Networks, a provider of
network infrastructure and security solutions, creating a complementary and
complete enterprise communications solutions portfolio.
Contact: Jason King
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