City of Newberry implementing City-Wide Mobile Networking System for VoIP with In Motion Technology

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Multi-network solution extends office technology to mobile city workers

Newberry, SC and Vancouver, BC, February 21, 2012 – In Motion Technology, the leader in flexible, secure and enduring mobile communications systems that improve organization’s ability to communicate on the move, announced today that the City of Newberry, SC is implementing the onBoard™ System to leverage public and private network infrastructure for a city-wide VoIP system that will improve response to citizen requests.

The City of Newberry over the past ten years has invested over 20 million in infrastructure and utility upgrades to provide residents and businesses with the very best services.  Newberry operates a wireless mesh network and VoIP system to support the Police and Fire, Public Works, Utility, Parks, Recreation & Tourism Departments.  The City of Newberry is working to maximize network performance and coverage by using multiple network technologies – 3G, 4.9GHz and 2.4GHz.

With the mesh network deployed across the city, city leaders wanted to enable city workers to have an office in their vehicles.  Before deploying the onBoard System, city workers had to be near an access point or return to the office to download information and complete reports  Without access to multiple networks and fast switching, VoIP could not have been extended to mobile workers.

“We looked at other solutions which were more expensive and took hours to configure and implement, and In Motion Technology has proven to be a committed partner in our success,” said Marc Regier, Information Services Director, City of Newberry, South Carolina.  “The onBoard system will help us be more responsive to the needs of our citizens and it will help us improve our productivity across all departments.”

The onBoard System is a secure, manageable mobile communications system which creates a Vehicle Area Network, designed to support broadband applications in a mobile environment.  The system enables real-time and bulk data transfers, and transports data for video, voice, vehicle location, mobile office and vehicle health monitoring.  It provides multiple device connectivity, end to end security, support for multiple networks and mobility management.

The onBoard Mobile Gateway turns vehicles into mobile wireless hotspots, connecting tablets, handhelds, laptops, bar-code readers, and video cameras in and around the vehicle over any wireless network. The onBoard Mobility Manager is a powerful network management system that allows operations to manage and monitor the health of the vehicle fleet – including remote configuration, network coverage, and vehicle diagnostic data. The onBoard Connection Manager is a mobile-optimized VPN server, providing IP mobility and sub-second switching in a multi-network environment designed to work with the mobile gateway and network management system.  This complete system provides the fastest, simplest, and most cost-effective way to extend the enterprise network to the vehicle fleet.

“We’re pleased to be working with the City of Newberry, where technology leadership is evident in the city’s infrastructure, and enables leaders to be innovative in their approach to public service,” said Tony Morris, In Motion Technology’s vice president of sales and marketing.

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About City of Newberry, South Carolina

Founded in 1785, the City of Newberry is located right off Interstate 26 and is located midway between Columbia, the state capital, and Greenville. For more information, please visit City of Newberry at http://www.cityofnewberry.com.

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