- These are just a few examples of the various Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and other connected devices in Boulder, where electrical, solar and HVAC systems are also tied into IP networks.
- Designing a wireless network to support these applications was a learning process for the city’s IT department, says Benjamin Edelen, a senior system administrator there.
- Aimee Schumm, e-services manager at the Boulder Public Library, notes that staff members made sure to tuck access points in places where they couldn’t be reached easily — such as inside ceiling tiles or on the ceiling itself — so they won’t be tampered with.
- Boulder built out its wireless network with more bandwidth than it needs currently, with the expectation that it will expand its use of IoT sensors and similar technologies in the future.
- Once the IoT sensors were in place, the various city departments generally took ownership of the data, Edelen says.
As the city of Boulder optimized its wireless network to better support IoT sensors, the city’s IT pros found it had a “significant learning curve.”
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