As the technology behind a special blend of wireless broadband connections, dubbed free space optics, continues to improve, more enterprise and municipal communications network providers are turning to the technology to link multiple sites on their networks.
Western Canadian city Calgary is the latest to turn to the wireless link technology to provide broadband transport and connectivity to a variety of the city’s municipal sites, tapping Terabeam to get the job done. The city has purchased links from Terabeam using free space optics and millimeter wave system technology in an effort to connect city offices and staff via a series of up to 20 wireless links.
Calgary first contacted Terabeam about connecting one of 175 outlying city government buildings to the communications network at the Calgary City Hall, which Terabeam connected with a pair of Terabeam Magnas transceivers-a 1 gigabit per second connection equivalent to 660 T-1 lines.
After seeing the Magnas in action, the city signed on to connect more city offices. Three of the new connections will be made with six Terabeam Ellipticas, small free space optics transceivers that emulate fiber connections. Two more links will use the larger Terabeam Magnas, the company announced. Rounding out the deal will be a series of Terabeam millimeter wave systems set up to route signals from the city’s digital network of traffic cameras.