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City gets free Wi-Fi from smart meters

In Santa Clara, a city in California’s Silicon Valley, the municipal electric utility is upgrading to smart meters for businesses and residents. The benefit is that these advanced electric meters will make it easier for the utility to read the meters and customers to track electricity and water use. But thanks to wireless technology used in the smart meters, the upgrade will bring another benefit to the city: free Wi-Fi.

As part of the utility’s SVP MeterConnect program, a separate channel on the new wireless equipment used in the smart meters is set aside to provide free, outdoor Wi-Fi for the entire community, making it the first city in the United States to provide citywide access to free Wi-Fi….. read more

Source: smartplanet.com

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