By Adrian M. Reodique
July 13, 2017
Government-owned Maharashtra Information Technology Corporation (MITC) has chosen Fortinet to provide wireless internet access to Mumbai, India.
The government has deployed Fortinet indoor and outdoor access points in more than 500 locations in the city for the first phase of the Wi-Fi project. The access points have omnidirectional antennas, wireless controllers, and a wireless manager to enable scaling, voice mobility and provide high performance.
"The Mumbai WiFi project plays a crucial role in empowering our citizens digitally. Our goal was to cover all major areas in the city with public WiFi in order to make important government services available online. Because of the hyper-connected nature of our public infrastructure today, an ambitious project like this requires technology that can scale and be flexible to enable more users, devices and applications over time," said Vijay Kumar Gautam, Principal Secretary for Information Technology of Maharashtra government.
The Wi-Fi network will also be used for smart parking and smart transportation projects that will be rolled out later this year. The projects aim to provide real-time updates on the routes and available capacity of various mode of public transport in the city.