City of Princeton Electric Utility, Princeton, Illinois
Hybrid Fiber Optics / Broadband over Power Lines System
NI Solutions was hired to develop a broadband over power lines network coupled with fiber optics for the City of Princeton Electric Utility, assist in strategic telecommunications planning for the construction and operation of a BPL network supporting the City of Princeton's municipal and institutional telecommunications needs. In addition, the network will offer both residential and commercial retail services. Consulting services included the development and implementation of primary business level strategies and the completion of a formal Business Plan document to support development and financing efforts.
City of Rock Falls Electric Utility, Rock Falls, Illinois
Strategic Business Plan & ISP Design
NI Solutions was hired by the City of Rock Falls to evaluate the potential for utilizing their existing fiber optic backbone to provide affordable and reliable, low-cost broadband services to commercial and industrial customers. The Telecommunications plan included Design Services, Business Planning, Financial Analysis, Partnership Evaluations, and Contract Negotiations with the Illinois Municipal Broadband Communications Association.
Negotiated favorable terms for an IRU agreement with IFRG use of Rock Fall fiber network. Developed Indefeasible Right of Use agreement for IFRG use of Rock Falls fiber strands. NIS developed an underground engineering design for a new fiber network for the City of Rock Falls.
Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, Jamestown New York
Broadband over Power Lines Pilot
NIS developed a design and pilot for a Broadband over Powerlines including network design and training.
Independence Power & Light, Independence, Missouri
Broadband Network Design and Telecommunications Consulting Services
NI Solutions provided engineering design and consulting services to establish a fiber optic network to connect 14 existing substations. In addition, the fiber backbone will connect approximately 35 city-government offices including fire stations, water, waste-water, health departments, and parks. The broadband network will also connect 33 school locations. The proposed network will be capable of providing voice, data and video services and will also support wireless technology platforms and applications.
Power & Light put the finishing touches on the installation of its fiber optic network. The project involved approximately 78 miles of fiber optic cable at an estimated cost of $3.5 million. The network was primarily installed to improve communication with the critical control devices used to operate the City’s electrical network system. This results in increased reliability, improved system safety and reduced operating costs.
Other City departments and all 25 schools and five support facilities for the Independence School District are also connected to the fiber network. This allows the school district to improve communications between facilities by moving data and information, such as instructional videos and student records, through a faster and more secure network. “We are pleased to partner with the school district,” said Power & Light Director Leon Daggett. “It is important that we help provide the best technology available to those who are educating our children.” City departments connected to the new fiber optic network include Police, Fire, Health, Water and Technology Services. “This network enables us to connect nearly all of the City’s facilities,” Daggett said. “It will improve communications speed and reliability, allow for enhanced capabilities such as Web conferencing, improve system security and all be done at a reduced cost.” “With the completion of the installation, the future is open to evaluate other opportunities to serve the citizens and businesses of Independence,” said IPL Telecommunications Coordinator John George. “Potentially, we may be able to offer fiber services to colleges, hospitals, data centers, banks or others as we move forward. What the future holds is yet to be determined.”
Lawrenceburg Municipal Utility, Lawrenceburg, IN
Fiber-to-the Home (FTTH)
NI Solutions has been contracted to design and assist in building a fiber to the home system in Lawrenceburg IN. The City has given the green light for the Lawrenceburg Municipal Utility to install and operate a FTTH system connecting all homes, businesses, First Responders (Police, Fire, Ambulance Services), Hospitals, Community Centers, Parks, and other hot spots.