Ruckus Wireless announced Monday that it has partnered with the City and County of San Francisco to bring free public WiFi access along Market Street, reports Light Reading.
According to San Francisco CIO Marc Touitou, Ruckus is providing the City with 170 to 200 access points free of charge, a donation worth around $700,000.
It cost the city about $500,000 after donations from two companies. Ruckus Wireless of Sunnyvale donated hardware, and Layer42 Networks of Mountain View contributed 1 gigabit of Internet access service.
SF WiFi will be available from the intersection of Market and Castro, down to the Ferry building and eventually all the way through San Francisco’s Embarcadero.
Mounted on traffic poles with gigabit fiber backbone connections, Ruckus ZoneFlex™ 7782-S outdoor access points (APs) 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 wireless connections between access points. Redundant Ruckus SmartCell Gateway controllers are deployed within the City’s data center to aggregate traffic and provide centralized management.
The City also has a deal in place with Google to equip 31 of its parks with connectivity, but the City hasn’t yet picked its vendors for that project yet. The $600,000 gift from Google will cover the costs of the equipment, installation and maintenance of wireless capabilities for two years.
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