Sunday, July 8, 2007

AT&T Rolls Out Metro Wi-Fi in Riverside, California

AT&T launched its first Metro Wi-Fi network in Riverside, California. The citywide, Wi-Fi access service covers a 3-square-mile portion of the city, including downtown Riverside, Hunter Technology Park and the Adams Auto Center.

AT&T Metro Wi-Fi offers users a subscription-based high speed Internet access service at $7.99 for a daily (24 hours) pass and $15.99 for a weekly pass. Also included is a free, ad-supported broadband service offered through an AT&T relationship with MetroFi, a leading provider of free wireless Internet access.

In addition to other municipal applications, the city of Riverside is testing the service to run video to and from police department patrol cars. Officers also will use the public safety network for computer-aided dispatch, automated vehicle location and high-speed communications for queries to integrated justice databases to provide detailed information previously unavailable in the field.

Additional applications available with AT&T Metro Wi-Fi include traffic monitoring and coordination, video surveillance to minimize graffiti and illegal dumping and facility security.

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