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About Town Plaza Wi-Fi

Town Plaza Wi-Fi deployed today:

Town Plaza Wi-Fi is a free service to visitors of the downtown Culver City area roughly bounded by City Hall, the Pacific Theater, Trader Joe’s and Main Street.  The service is designed to enhance the visiting experience by making the Internet available for casual use when visiting Culver City’s downtown.  Internet lookups, checking e-mail, and reading the news are now possible for free in the service area.

CiscoThe Culver City’s Information Technology Department deployed a replacement to its original infrastructure in 2012.  Based on a Cisco Access Point and control system;  Access Points at City Hall, the Pacific Theater, Ince parking structure and Cardiff parking structure join to make an extensive coverage footprint for visitors. 


Enhancements to the back end capacity has expanded the throughput available to users and allows the allocation of unused capacity to be dynamically allocated to high need users while ensuring all users obtain bandwidth to respond to their needs.  Additional addressing capacity allows for a larger number of casual users to be on the system and maintain contact as they move about the downtown area. 

Town Plaza History:


Culver City was the first community on the west side of Los Angeles with free public Internet access. Town Plaza is the hub of a vibrant new downtown that attracts tourists, film industry workers, shoppers, and business people. In seeking to differentiate the city from neighboring areas, attract new business, enhance visitors’ experiences, and offer businesses an added incentive to locate in the city, the Culver City Redevelopment Agency and city IT department teamed to investigate the feasibility of bringing Wi-Fi Internet access to Town Plaza.

Wireless Hotspot, Inc. helped Culver City identify potential solutions and ultimately deploy the new network. Working closely with their vendor partners, Wireless Hotspot, Inc. selected the best-of-breed components to implement a solution that not only met then current requirements but had the potential to scale and adapt to changing business policies and requirements.

Wireless Hotspot created the one-mile-square downtown hot-zone for Culver City, using a Firetide wireless mesh network, consisting of three HotPoint®1000R outdoor mesh routers mounted on top of city hall, the theater, and the Culver City Hotel. With the Firetide mesh network in place and blanketing the downtown area, Wireless Hotspot connected wireless access points to each HotPoint mesh router to provide Wi-Fi access at each location. A gateway device connected to a 3-Mbit/s DSL line provides an Internet feed to the mesh network. Each HotPoint 1000R mesh router could cover up to two miles, and patented technology allowed the mesh routers to locate each other automatically. If a HotPoint router is moved to a different location or removed completely, the network automatically healed itself and rerouted network traffic accordingly.

To secure its wireless network, Culver City selected the Vernier Adaptive Security Platform (ASP) from Vernier Networks which proactively protected networks from increasingly complex attacks, actively resolves intrusions, while continually adapting network security policy to protect against future threats. Vernier's proven security solutions operated in thousands of networks for hundreds of customers worldwide, and received numerous awards including InfoWorld's 2004 Technology of the Year Award and the 2003 Product of the Year Award from Network Magazine. The Vernier system allowed Culver City to authenticate each user and provide them with a terms of use policy. Furthermore, the Vernier System gave Culver City the ability to enforce flexible business rules and policies to manage access privileges, bandwidth usage, access time, etc.

YDI Wireless provided the wireless end user equipment that allowed users to connect to the Internet. The YDI AP-Ant LR was an all-in-one, integrated solution combining both a long range Antenna and an 80211.b graded access point for an unobtrusive, simple installation. Its extended range capabilities offered far greater coverage than other products and fully certified by the Federal Communications Commission for outdoor use.