Comm-Tract designed, constructed, and fully implemented an extensive Fiber Optic Municipal Area Network (MAN) that provides the high speed voice and data services to all of the city buildings including the police, fire, library, water and sewer, and city utilities. The network is also planned to be extended to service the police and fire RF systems in 2013.
The network has been built in stages, the first phase was completed in June 2006 and encompassed over 1200 Verizon pole locations, and had over 100,000 feet of single mode 24 to 144 strand figure 8 self support Corning fiber cable installed along with the switching layer of the network. In subsequent phases, the City network is now complete.
The Fiber Optic MAN is primarily aerial cable, with the remainder in Comm-Tract provided trenching/underground facilities that provide crossings under various highways. The gigabit switches provide the access layer, and this in turn ties into the respective LAN environments in the buildings. Comm-Tract also provided and installed the City of Gloucester’s interior structured cabling systems for all LAN environments and workstation locations, the Communications Rooms, and the Data Center in the High School. The City of Gloucester is ahead of the times and was one of the first Cities in the Commonwealth to deploy such a network. Grant Harris, the Manager of Information Systems for the City of Gloucester, rated Comm-Tract a perfect 10 in every asp