BALANCE SHEET BLOG – HOLLYWOOD, FL


WiFi Project Components: 2008
June 3, 2008, 6:39 PM
Filed under: City Staff, WiFi

City staff touted Hollywood’s WiFi project as a fail-safe way to cut spending.  As originally conceived, the project had  three components.

  1. Dual Band Wi-Fi Network covering 95% of the City – to provide a secure network for police communications, eliminating the need to purchase Verizon cards, plus a free outdoor network for residents, businesses, and visitors, eliminating cost of CRA’s beach Wi-Fi
  2. Automated Water Meters – to be read via Wi-Fi, saving the cost of hiring meter reading personnel, eliminating estimated readings, enabling enhanced leak detection and repair.
  3. Solar-Powered Parking Meters – to be read via WiFi, saving the cost of hiring meter reading personnel, enhancing revenue collection, reducing carbon emissions.

Note:  As of July 1, 2011, not one of these components is working.  The City is saving on the parking meters but not because they are being read by WiFi.  Parking meters are being read by cell modems provided by Johnson Controls, Inc., the company that the City hired to install the WiFi project.  It is widely believed now that the WiFi project cannot be made to work. A settlement between the City and Johnson Controls, if it has been worked out, has not yet come to public light.

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