Silicon Valley Power’s MeterConnect program switches on free outdoor Wi-Fi


John Roukema,
Director, SVP
Santa Clara, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 2, 2013 – Courtesy of Silicon Valley Power’s SVP MeterConnect program, the City of Santa Clara has become the first city in the U.S. to gain free citywide outdoor Wi-Fi as part of an advanced electric meter upgrade program that uses wireless technology to read meters.

“This is just one of the major benefits our community will enjoy as a result of our advanced metering technology,” said John Roukema, director of SVP. “Now our residents, visitors and local workforce can get internet access while waiting for a train, shopping downtown, getting their car washed or relaxing in their yard.”

Advanced meters will be installed at residences starting late this year, with the network carrying both electricity and water usage information. The same SVP MeterConnect wireless equipment carries a separate channel for the free, public, and unencrypted outdoor internet service.

LinkPath Communications directed the design and installation of the wireless system, and is responsible for customer service and maintenance of Santa Clara Free Wi-Fi.

SVP expects over 5,000 connections a day.