News Release

Cisco Metropolitan Mobile Network Solution Delivers Wireless Broadband Access on a Metropolitan Scale

Cisco Introduces Integrated IEEE 802.11b/g Wireless Mobile Interface Card for the Cisco 3200 Series Routers
Jun 21, 2004

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 21, 2004 - Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced the Cisco Metropolitan Mobile Network solution which provides broadband wireless access across a city to public sector agencies such as city, state and federal agencies, public safety (police, fire, and ambulance), transportation and public works. With a unified, cost effective IP network foundation, the Cisco Metropolitan Mobile Network addresses the demand of public sector agencies for real-time, mobile access to key applications and tools that may ultimately lead to the increased productivity and responsiveness of city personnel.

This scalable, secure, standards-based solution consists of Cisco Aironet Series of Wi-Fi outdoor infrastructure and Cisco 3200 Series Routers with the new integrated Wireless Mobile Interface Card that supports IEEE 802.11b/g for wireless local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) access. Together with Cisco-recognized solution providers and partners, this end-to-end solution extends network-oriented services and applications such as real-time data access and video surveillance across the wired and wireless infrastructure and provides agencies with innovative new ways to improve communications, security, and responsiveness using existing and future unlicensed and licensed wireless technologies.

Cisco Metropolitan Mobile Network Solution

The Cisco Metropolitan Mobile Network includes the following components to address the demand of public sector agencies:

Enabling Technology
  • Cisco 3200 Series Wireless and Mobile Routers - When used in vehicles, the Cisco 3200 Series Router with new integrated Wireless Mobile Interface Card creates a network comprised of laptops, PDAs, video surveillance cameras and other devices that maintain connectivity even as the vehicle moves between cellular and Wi-Fi coverage areas and across the community. In addition, with the new integrated IEEE 802.11 capabilities, the Cisco 3200 Series can be deployed in fixed locations such as on light poles and on roof tops as a ruggedized outdoor wireless router to help provide wireless coverage across the city.
  • Cisco Aironet Series of Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11) Outdoor Infrastructure - The Cisco Aironet 1400 Series Outdoor Wireless Bridge provides long range IEEE 802.11a connectivity and the Cisco Aironet 1300 Series Outdoor AP and Wireless Bridge provides IEEE 802.11b/g connectivity and access at medium ranges.

By providing a flexible architecture to support existing wireless technologies such as IEEE 802.11a/b/g, cellular and satellite and future wireless technologies such as licensed 4.9GHz for public safety, customers can take advantage of industry standards for higher performance and more robust security. These new Cisco IOSĀ® Software-based ruggedized products also allow customers to utilize Cisco wired and wireless backhaul points to connect wireless coverage areas that can scale across a city.

Cisco Metropolitan Mobile Networks help Protect the Community

Cook County, Illinois needed to provide high-speed broadband wireless connectivity to enhance first responders' capabilities to prepare for and respond to events and emergencies and to keep citizens of the community safe. Once the first phase of deployment is completed, the solution will enable first responders to share text, image, and video information across jurisdictional boundaries in a fast, secure and efficient manner.

"Recent events have taught valuable lessons in preparedness and the need for interagency cooperation in the development of communication technology that is interoperable, facilitates collaboration, and augments human resources," said Catherine Maras O'Leary, CIO, Cook County. "With the Cisco Metropolitan Mobile Network solution, Cook County is in a better position to deliver valuable tools to enable first responders to be more efficient and safety is improved by getting timely information into their hands."

London's Westminster City Council has a vision to create a "Wireless City" that will help reduce crime; provide real time information to city officials to manage street services such as parking, premises licensing, and environment waste; assist with special events; and deliver community based services such as e-learning. Working with Cisco, the Council is deploying video-surveillance that will result in a 30% savings from rapid Wi-Fi deployment of approximately 50 cameras.

"The 'Wireless City' pilot is one of the most exciting developments in Westminster's history and is already delivering benefits to the Council and the police in our fight against crime," said Simon Norbury, CIO at the City of Westminster. "The emphasis of the project is on street management so that the CCTV network will be used to both help in the battle against crime, but also to direct council resources to where they are needed more quickly and efficiently to increase our productivity and reduce cost. The Cisco solution combines a wireless access network - for flexibility and mobility - with a wired network core providing high capacity, scalability and resilience."

Building an Ecosystem of Partners

Cisco is committed to working with partners to deliver a comprehensive solution for public sector customers:

  • Systems Integrators - To deliver the end-to-end Cisco Metropolitan Mobile Network solution, Cisco has engaged with industry-leading partners including large scale integrators such as IBM and Northrop Grumman and regional integrators such as Wireless Resources, Inc.
  • Hardware Integration Partners - To create complementary hardware components and hardware-based application designs for the Cisco 3200 Series, Cisco's partners include Western Datacom which has recently announced a cellular modem interface card and hardware acceleration encryption card in the same form factor as other interface cards in the Cisco 3200 Series. Technology Alternatives has developed a networked video surveillance solution for public safety vehicles, incorporating the Cisco 3200 Series. And for use of the Cisco 3200 Series Wireless Router outside, ICI Networks and Rittal Corporation provide solutions for ruggedized enclosure hardware to meet harsh environmental requirements.

"Real-time decision-making and the need for first responders and city officials to access and process information dynamically is becoming increasingly important as the demand to improve security, productivity and operational efficiency becomes more critical," said Paulette Altmaier, Vice President and General Manager, Premises Communications Business Unit, Cisco Systems, Inc. "The Cisco Metropolitan Mobile Network solution is designed to enhance mobility capabilities by providing a flexible, scalable and highly secure wireless network infrastructure to help public sector agencies meet these demands and as a result better serve the community."

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Pricing and Availability

The Cisco 3200 Series Wireless and Mobile Router configured with IEEE 802.11b/g Wireless Mobile Interface Card is available now and configurations start at a U.S. list price of $3,650. The Cisco Aironet 1300 Series Outdoor AP/Bridge is available now and has a U.S. list price of $1,299. The Cisco Aironet 1400 Series Outdoor Wireless Bridge is available now and has a U.S. list price of $4,999.