Ruckus, San Francisco Partner on City WiFi Program
Mounted on traffic poles with gigabit fiber backbone connections, Ruckus ZoneFlex 7782-S access points are powering the service along Market Street.Wireless systems and infrastructure specialist Ruckus Wireless announced it partnered with the City and County of San Francisco to deliver free, high-speed outdoor public WiFi service up and down the city’s Market Street corridor, starting from the intersection of Market and Castro Streets down to the pedestrian corridor at the Embarcadero. Mounted on traffic poles with gigabit fiber backbone connections, Ruckus ZoneFlex 7782-S outdoor access points (APs), which extend signals and adapt to changing environmental conditions, are powering the service, providing dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz) WiFi to users along Market Street. The public-private partnership between San Francisco's Department of Technology (DT) and Ruckus teamed technical staff from the city and Ruckus to design, build and deploy a WiFi network capable of delivering a high-speed online experience to users while acting as a reliable utility for existing and future city services. "Because San Francisco is at the world's epicenter of technology innovation and use, residents, visitors and even businesses now have a fundamental expectation for pervasive wireless connectivity," Mayor Edwin M. Lee, said in a statement. "We have gone to great lengths to build the foundation to deliver on these expectations with the best WiFi technology we could find right in our own backyard."
In locations where fiber backhaul to the Ruckus access points is prohibitive, Ruckus smart mesh networking technology is being used to provide more resilient wireless connections between access points.