Learn more about our work in municipalities across the country:

Making a winter destination safer
(Vail, CO)

The 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships were expected to draw up to 150,000 visitors to Vail. The wireless infrastructure at the time was inadequate to support the 4G LTE apps that the Colorado FirstNet team wanted to use to monitor activities during the event. The mountain topography proved to be a challenge in providing sufficient coverage and data capacity.

How we worked together:

  • Partnered closely with the state of Colorado’s FirstNet team to set up a public safety network demonstration, and provided nodes necessary to host equipment dedicated to the trial.

  • Coordinated with public safety officials and government stakeholders to obtain approval for the entire project during the design phase, which helped streamline the deployment process and keep the project on time and on budget.

  • Balanced technical radio frequency challenges, conflicting needs, and strict aesthetic requirements across multiple players.

What we achieved:

  • A model for FirstNet in other states considering various deployment options for the new Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).

  • Project completion in a very tight construction window.

  • A state-of-the-art 4G LTE network that benefits Vail residents and visitors alike.

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Working together to bring codes up to date (Orlando and Orange County, FL)

Our long and constructive relationship with the city of Orlando and surrounding Orange County began in 2011. Our strong history of working together allowed us to collaborate from a position of mutual trust. Ultimately we were able to deploy a new small cell solutions (SCS) network and lend our expertise to new ordinances in Orlando that will ensure quicker installations at the highest industry standards in the future.

How we worked together:

  • Collaborated with city officials to craft new ordinances that ensured future installations meet the highest standards.

  • Developed streamlined and predictable processes for approving and deploying new networks.

  • Built strong sense of trust with government agencies, departments, utility companies, and community members—helping to avoid construction moratoria.

What we achieved:

  • Developed new ordinances in Orlando that can be referenced in surrounding communities.

  • Created a more practical and predictable process for permitting and administering small cells.

  • Built strong relationships that enable faster and more seamless upgrades and network expansions.

Upgrading a historical area in anticipation of a historical event (Philadelphia, PA)

In anticipation of the pope’s 2015 public mass in Philadelphia’s tree-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway, this historic area needed a wireless infrastructure upgrade. We collaborated with the City of Philadelphia and national wireless carriers to design, approve, and install a new small cell solutions network—all in less than nine months.

How we worked together:

  • With long-standing relationships in Philadelphia, we were able to facilitate collaboration and cooperation from multiple parties.

  • Coordinated with the planner of the event and obtained approvals from six separate city agencies and three network carriers.

  • Installed a state-of-the-art network with nodes on existing streetlights and inconspicuous poles to preserve the aesthetics of the Parkway.

What we achieved:

  • One carrier’s data usage reached nearly 13 terabytes—7.5X what they reported from the venue of the NFL’s biggest game that year.

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Engaging a local community through technology and art (Cleveland, OH)

With the Cavaliers on their way to the NBA championship and the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) coming to town, Cleveland needed a large-scale network upgrade. With strict regulations and high aesthetic standards, we worked with city officials on a program that engaged the public and contributed to the city’s culture.

How we worked together:

  • Collaborated with the Downtown Cleveland Alliance to introduce the “Connections that Matter” Art Box Series—a contest that engaged local artists in the community.

  • Local artists submitted work—the winning artwork was used to wrap equipment boxes.

  • Boxes became attractive and popular conversation pieces for the community across the downtown area.

  • Balanced the needs and interests of the wireless carrier with the various municipal departments, including Engineering Design, Construction Inspection, the Bureau of Sidewalks, Plats & Surveys, and the Historic Landmarks Commission.

What we achieved:

  • Network expansion was completed ahead of schedule.

  • Art box series has contributed to the culture and vibrancy of the downtown area.

An innovative solution to a city’s specific aesthetic requirements (Palo Alto, CA)

Palo Alto, California is in the heart of Silicon Valley. Bustling with tech-savvy people using data hungry devices and apps, there’s no way the city can do without the latest wireless technology. We worked closely with the city to come up with a novel solution that met their needs—and their aesthetic requirements.

How we worked together:

  • We devised an innovative solution that hid ground equipment inside boxes that looked like green service mailboxes.

  • Collaborated with city officials and coordinated between six different agencies to overcome competing interests and requirements.

  • Carefully considered the unique mix of needs across residents, students, families, and businesses.

What we achieved:

  • Invented a new design solution to meet local aesthetic requirements.

  • Worked with the city to further expand the network in the future.

Finding the best solution, with the help of the community (Augusta Pines)

Augusta Pines is an affluent community in a suburb outside Houston, TX. The relatively dense population of the neighborhood and the increasing mobile data usage of its residents created a need for new wireless infrastructure. We proposed eight new small cell nodes in the public right of way. By working closely with the neighborhood HOA boards, residents, and other stakeholders, we were able to arrive at a solution that improved coverage and capacity in the area while accommodating the needs and concerns of the community.

How we worked together:

  • Met with and fostered positive relationships with HOA board members, residents, county engineers, the precinct commissioner, and other community members.

  • Walked through the neighborhood with HOA members to select each final node location.

  • Used community feedback to inform our designs and accommodate the needs of residents.

  • Maintained open lines of communication with the HOAs to ensure they were aware of each upcoming step in the process.

  • Received the approval of residents who ultimately supported the final deployment.

What we achieved:

  • 7 nodes in residential areas installed in the public right of way.

  • 1 node placed along the main road in the public right of way.

  • Improved coverage and capacity for residents in the Augusta Pines neighborhood.