If Federal money comes through, Robertsdale will be employing a wireless internet system to connect police, fire and all other city departments. The city may offer its citizens low-cost wireless access as well.
The city council approved Honeywell as the provider for the “Wi-Fi” broadband communications and Internet system at Monday’s council meeting. Paul Hollingsworth was absent. The city had gone to bid, and Honeywell was the only bidder.
Honeywell has installed more than 750 Wi-Fi systems in this country with their partner, TROPOS Networks. The city will be seeking a $3 million grant for the work. According to Mayor Charles Murphy and Honeywell representative Brian Wozniak, the Federal government has $7.2 billion dollars in “Stimulus Money” (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) to use on programs like this nationwide. The idea is to provide high speed wireless access in areas that are considered rural or “under served.”