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Technology Working Group: Minutes: October 9, 2003

CITY OF FULLERTON
TECHNOLOGY WORKING GROUP
MEETING MINUTES
October 9, 2003
9:00 A.M.

CALL TO ORDER

Chair Burtner called the meeting to order at 9:07 a.m.

ROLL CALL

Members Present:

Tony AndersonJohnson LewScott Price
Roger BurtnerRobert MorisonNorman Thorn
Gary GrayNilo Niccolai
Helen HallRobert Port

Members Absent:

David BaileyBurnie DunlapMichael Parker
Liz BartlettIan KoskelaPaul Stover

APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

Chair Burtner asked for a motion to approve the minutes of 09/25/03. The motion to approve was made by Scott Price and seconded by Robert Morison. The minutes were unanimously approved.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Chair Burtner announced that Scott Price had been appointed to the Intel Education Advisory Board that is newly formed. There are 12 members in the US -- 3 from each region. The initial meeting will be in November. Scott felt he was appointed because he has questioned how Intel has designed and marketed products for educational institutions and has suggested improvements.

DISCUSSION ITEMS

Ian Koskela was unable to attend and report on his research regarding the use of Vivato's technology in creating mesh networks. VeriLAN is using Vivato switches to create a wireless network that covers a 100 sq. mi. area around Portland, OR. VeriLAN is also beta testing 802.16 as well as open-source mesh network technologies. Ian sent an e-mail summarizing his research to date and expects to have considerably more information to report at the next meeting of the Working Group.

Chair Burtner reported that he had met with Fullerton Library Director Al Milo and Library Technical Services Manager Maureen Gebelein, Fullerton MIS Manager Helen Hall, and Fullerton Library Foundation President Floyd Sabins regarding the Fullerton Library's interest in creating a wireless network. Students using the library have sought wireless access to the Internet, and library staff would like to have wireless capability in cataloging library materials. In addition, Helen Hall reported that the Bookmobile would like to have wireless access, but that in order to do so, it would require some changes in where the Bookmobile stops. Nilo Niccolai and Robert Morison stated that Fullerton College is building a new library which will have wireless capability, but standards and equipment have yet to be specified for a wireless system. Scott Price pointed out that the Cerritos library has a state-of-the-art wireless system. Roger Burtner will investigate the possibility of arranging a tour of the Cerritos library for interested parties.

Discussion regarding next steps for the Working Group centered on implementing wireless connectivity in the vicinity of the Transportation Center. Nilo Niccolai suggested that we incorporate push technology in the form of plasma screen displays and kiosks into our thinking that would present the public with real-time information about events in Fullerton. Again the Transportation Center could serve as a test site with the addition of other areas of high pedestrian traffic, such as the Fullerton Library and shopping malls, if the technology proved successful. Johnson Lew stated that Anaheim is making plans to incorporate such technology in its entertainment areas.

ACTION ITEMS

Norm Thorn, Robb Port, Nilo Niccolai, and Johnson Lew agreed to research wireless and push technology that would be suitable for installation and testing in the Transportation Center. They will suggest specific vendors for a potential RFP.

ITEMS FOR NEXT MEETING

Reports of progress on all action items.

Committee members will continue to discuss Technology Infrastructure Task Force Recommendation 3. (Develop a telecommunications master plan for the community that incorporates wireless, fiber optic and new hybrid-fiber-coax (HFC) technologies). The Working Group will continue to discuss what "next steps" it needs to take to develop an implementation plan.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

None

ADJOURNMENT

With no further business, Chair Burtner asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion was made by Robert Port, seconded by Norm Thorn, and unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 10:20 a.m.

Next meeting scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2003, in the City Council Conference Room.

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