Firetide Failing in Dallas

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Mar 11, 2012

While the City of Dallas is was a flagship 'win' for wireless mesh vendor Firetide, a recent RFP and numerous reports to IPVM indicate major problems for the system in Dallas. In this note, we examine what those problems are, the alternative solution the City of Dallas is now requesting and what this signals for the future of Firetide.

Background

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