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Police force making network mesh

The Medford, Ore., police force has opted to replace its wireless communications network with a new system based on technology originally developed for the U.S. military. Funded in large part through grants from the Homeland Security Department, the $500,000 system is based on “mesh” networking technology that essentially uses every available client device — computer, personal digital assistant, cell phone, etc. — as a router and repeater, greatly extending the network’s flexibility and range. For Ron Norris, Medford’s deputy police chief, one of the system’s biggest advantages will be having all the devices on the network able to communicate with each other. Full Story

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