The town of Albi selected solutions offered by Nortel and its integrator partner SPIE Communications to deploy its very high-speed municipal communications network.
Thanks to this new fibre-optic system, the town council's 500 computer stations - which were previously isolated and scattered over 68 remotes sites - have now been interconnected to form a common network facilitating the sharing of information and the development of new applications and services for the town and its inhabitants.
More than 59 km of fibre-optic cable and 1,000 fibre-optic connections were required for this installation.
Deployment started in October 2003 and took three years. The four digital loops were installed in phases and SPIE Communications has now finished work on the fourth loop.
The Albi municipal network will give a quick return on investment through the centralised management of applications and by cutting network operating costs. The local authority now has a reliable and open-ended architecture which will enable it to improve its telephony network by means of IP technology, enhance the security of its municipal buildings with centralised access control and develop new public services.
New services are currently being implemented to optimise the operation of municipal equipment: centralised management of boilers and public lighting.
A remote supervision solution is also being studied for the water distribution network and building access control systems.
The next steps will be to deploy IP telephony in municipal departments and to develop e-administration services to meet the needs of local inhabitants.
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