The City of Corpus Christi, Texas, will deploy Wi-Fi system for use by the city-owned water and gas utilities, public works departments, and public safety agencies.
The Tropos Wi-Fi system will provide an automated gas and water meter reading twice per day from all meters in the coverage area. By eliminating the need for utility personnel to visit each meter and manually record customer consumption, the city can more quickly and accurately provide up-to-date billing information to their service recipients. Moreover, customers can access real-time usage data through a Web-based billing and information system automatically updated with each wireless meter polling.
The network will also be available for use by city public works crews, as well as Police and Fire Departments. The city plans to operate GPS-based asset and vehicle tracking applications over the Wi-Fi network, increasing both officer and community safety.
This looks very similar to a business I was looking at about one year ago and thought it was a very compelling idea. All those Wi-Fi meters would literally have created a blanket of connectivity over the city… Gas & Water meter reading plus wireless connectivity for laptops and Wi-Fi enabled phones. Apparently quite a few other VCs thought it was compelling as well…