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Pinellas County Integrates Wired and Wireless Networks

Case Study Published By: Cisco
Cisco
Published:  Aug 03, 2015
Type:  Case Study
Length:  4 pages

Pinellas County is Florida’s most densely populated county. Located on a compact peninsula (608 square miles, 1575 square kilometers) bounded to the east by Tampa Bay and to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, it supports a population of almost 925,000. Like many county and state governments across the country, Pinellas County is constantly looking for cost-effective ways to increase the scope of services to its residents and to improve productivity and job satisfaction for its county employees. The dozen or so separate wireless LANS (WLANs) that the Pinellas County Business Technology Services (BTS) department had installed over time in some buildings proved very popular. As more departments requested WiFi service access, Jeff Rohrs, principal enterprise architect for Pinellas County, and his colleague, Robert Sullivan, BTS network infrastructure team lead, knew they needed a comprehensive strategic plan. Rohrs says, “We really wanted to achieve high-quality ubiquitous WiFi saturation throughout the county and deliver a seamless wired wireless user experience for all county employees, associated workers, and visitors on one infrastructure.”