Ruckus Wireless, Inc. announced a partnership with the City and County of San Francisco, CA to deliver free, high-speed outdoor public Wi-Fi service up and down the City's Market Street corridor, starting from the intersection of Market and Castro Streets down to the pedestrian corridor at the Embarcadero, one of the most heavily foot-trafficked thoroughfares in the world.
According to a release, San Francisco's new free public Wi-Fi service, named '_San_Francisco_Free_WiFi', launched on December 16, which is the SSID (network name) for the new service, is a key part of the City's multi-phase initiative to offer free public Wi-Fi in and around San Francisco.
The company reported that this public-private partnership between San Francisco'sDepartment of Technology (DT) and Ruckus teamed technical staff from the City and Ruckus to design, build and deploy a Wi-Fi network capable of delivering a high-speed online experience to users while acting as a reliable utility for existing and future City services.
"Because San Francisco is at the world's epicenter of technology innovation and use, residents, visitors and even businesses now have a fundamental expectation for pervasive wireless connectivity," said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. "We have gone to great lengths to build the foundation to deliver on these expectations with the best Wi-Fi technology we could find right in our own backyard."
"Ruckus and San Francisco share a similar vision of the vital importance in providing pervasive, reliable wireless connectivity to people who rely on getting online everyday to work, play, and live," said Selina Lo, president and CEO of Ruckus Wireless.
Additionally, mounted on traffic poles with gigabit fiber backbone connections, Ruckus ZoneFlex 7782-S outdoor access points (APs), based on patented wireless technology that extends signals and adapts to changing environmental conditions, are now powering San Francisco's new Wi-Fi public access service, providing dual- band (2.4 and 5 GHz) Wi-Fi service to users along Market Street. In locations where fiber backhaul to the Ruckus access points is prohibitive, Ruckus smart mesh networking technology is being used to provide highly resilient wireless connections between access points. Redundant Ruckus SmartCell Gateway (SCG) 200 wireless LAN (WLAN) controllers are deployed within the City's data center to aggregate traffic and provide centralized management of the Wi-Fi infrastructure.
Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi was selected by San Francisco because it overcomes the physical and technical challenges of bringing high- speed wireless connectivity to outdoor environments like the Market Street corridor, with its high-capacity coverage requirements, where many users are trying to access the network simultaneously. Through the use of patented Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi technology, Ruckus access points are able to extend Wi-Fi signals over longer distances while adapting signals to constant changes in environmental conditions. This provides users more stable and higher speed connections than conventional Wi-Fi technology.
Ruckus Wireless, Inc. is a supplier of wireless systems for the mobile Internet infrastructure market.
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