Ever since I bought Eric’s MacBook and set up a wireless network at Casa Rogers, it has changed my life. I now categorize bars and coffee shops in my head by whether I can get free access. (Did you know, for instance, that when you can’t access the network at the Old Monk, you can get on the Porch’s network from all the way across the street? It’s true.) Anyhoo, another BIG free wi-fi spot just went live. Full release after the jump:
Perot Systems and Hillwood Development
Deploy BelAir Networks Wireless Mesh in Dallas
First Major Ubiquitous Wi-Fi Network in Dallas
Kanata, Ontario – May 15, 2007 – Hillwood Development (“Hillwood”) and Perot Systems Corporation, (NYSE: PER) teaming up with BelAir Networks and Red One Network Solutions (“Red One”), today announced the deployment of a next generation wireless broadband mesh network throughout the Victory Park Development, one of the country’s most significant and innovative master-planned urban developments.Â The broadband wireless network provides high speed wireless access over the 75 acre urban development in the heart of downtown Dallas. The mesh network also allows nearby buildings, such as the W Dallas Victory Hotel & Residences, to integrate internet access while maintaining separate authentication systems
Victory Park, in downtown Dallas, is an innovative 75 acre mixed use development, encompassing seven million square feet of high-density retail, residential, entertainment and office space, adjacent to the American Airlines Center, which is the home arena for the Dallas Mavericks and the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars.Â The W Dallas Victory Hotel and Residences, opened in June 2006, is the first W in Texas and the first W to feature residences.
“Victory Park is becoming the most vibrant and innovative mixed use urban district in the country, so we wanted truly state of the art wireless broadband technology that was both field-proven and cost effective; that’s why we chose BelAir Networks and Red One to implement it”, said Dave Newgard, CTO Victory Park, Perot Systems.Â “BelAir Networks wireless mesh technology delivers carrier-class capacity and reliability so guests, tenants, residents and visitors enjoy industry-leading broadband performance and we get the scalability we need to address this growing community.”
BelAir Networks is the leading provider of mobile broadband mesh network solutions with more than 250 deployments worldwide, including leading cities such as Boston, Minneapolis, the City of London and Toronto, as well as high-profile venues such as Dolphin Stadium in Miami. BelAir equipment blends seamlessly into its surroundings preserving the esthetics of the area.
“In Victory Park and throughout the W Dallas Victory Hotel and Residences, Perot Systems is using BelAir Networks wireless mesh technology to achieve the highest standard in urban Wi-Fi performance,” explained Jim Freeze, SVP, Marketing and Alliances, BelAir Networks.Â “Victory Park reflects both progressive urban planning and the extensive technical expertise of Perot Systems, so we’re proud that BelAir Networks wireless mesh technology was chosen to support this new urban district.”
BelAir Networks, recently recognized with a Frost and Sullivan Technology Innovation Award and an InfoWorld 100 award, offers a comprehensive product portfolio that supports Wi-Fi, WiMAX mesh, 4.9 GHz Public Safety and cellular backhaul, and includes the flagship four-radio BelAir200 Wireless Multi-service Switch Router, the dual-radio BelAir100 Multi-service Node, the BelAir100C Multi-service Node featuring point-to-multipoint backhaul, the BelAir100S, and the single-radio BelAir50C, all seamlessly managed by the BelAir BelView Network Management System. For cellular operators, BelAir also offers the BelAir300 Converged Multi-service Wireless Node, combining cellular, Wi-Fi and wireless mesh on a converged platform.
About Victory Park
Located in the heart of Dallas, the $3 billion Victory Park is one of the country’s most significant and innovative master-planned urban developments. Victory Park’s new urban environment boasts a carefully crafted collection of emerging and reputation retail, distinctive dining, modern office space, dramatic residential units, hotels and signature entertainment venues, including the American Airlines Center and the W Dallas Victory Hotel & Residences, the first ever W to have residences. The innovation continues with Victory Media Network, located in Victory Plaza, an unprecedented immersive multi-experience media for brands, entertainment, art, information, education and events, and the world’s first permanent outdoor digital art gallery. \ For more information on Victory Park, visit www.victorypark.com.
About Perot Systems
Perot Systems is a worldwide provider of information technology services and business solutions. Through its flexible and collaborative approach, Perot Systems integrates expertise from across the company to deliver custom solutions that enable clients to accelerate growth, streamline operations and create new levels of customer value. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Perot Systems reported 2005 revenue of $2.0 billion. The company has more than 20,000 associates located in North America, Europe, and Asia. Additional information on Perot Systems is available at http://www.perotsystems.com/.