Planning is currently underway for an outdoor community Wi-Fi umbrella to be constructed on top of our fiber infrastructure in Downtown Bend. Visitors will enjoy free basic Wi-Fi, while commercial access will be available for businesses & organizations with demanding applications. Downtown Bend is an ideal area to demonstrate Smart City technology as it is a dense business neighborhood & a hub for visitors, locals, & events.
WHAT IS A SMART CITY?
The Smart City enhances interactions between residents, businesses, government, visitors, & the city’s infrastructure using technology as the interface. The goal is to make Bend more livable, economically efficient, and sustainable through the deployment of network enabled technologies.
CASE STUDY: VAIL, CO
One of the earliest Smart Cities, Vail’s ultra-fast community Wi-Fi hosts thousands of daily users, in addition to helping it compete as a major event venue. Vail’s Smart City infrastructure is also used for traffic & parking management, emergency response, streaming event video, and marketing to visitors.