Comm-Tract Corp initially contracted with the City of Quincy back in 2007 for the 1st phase of a city-wide fiber optic municipal area network. During the 1st and 2nd phases of deployment Comm-Tract engineers worked with the city IT group to develop a long-range network design plan for an optimum network with full physical diversity of the city, schools, and public safety buildings and sites. The plan encompassed over 50 city buildings, incorporated ERate and grant funding for significant portions of the overall budget which allowed the city to proceed with multiple phases of deployment without any stress on the city finances.
From a financial perspective, the city was able to move forward with the network, and as each phase was completed, the savings from the reduction in recurring carrier and cable services provided the short-term return on investment.
With the completion of this 4th phase of deployment, Comm-Tract also integrated the network into BONET which supports the public safety networks in Boston and surrounding communities, effectively providing seamless communications in between the city network, and the BONET backbone network throughout Boston.
As the fiber optic municipal area network continues to be deployed, it will ultimately serve over 50 municipal, school, and public safety buildings. It will also integrate all public safety RF communications, water department SCADA systems, surveillance camera systems, and other specialized applications utilized by the city across a physically diverse ring topology which will provide the city with fully redundant fiber connections to all locations, virtually guaranteeing 100% uptime for all city communications. Currently the network runs at 10gbps between all sites on the single mode fiber, and with future upgrades to the switching layer of the network is planned to support over 100gbps links.