Petra Systems, Palmer Wireless to Deploy Streetlight Integrated Wi-Fi solutions in Minnesota

Petra Systems, a global technology provider that delivers remotely managed networks for Smart City infrastructure, and Palmer Wireless, a provider of wireless and high speed internet service across Central Minnesota, have announced a project to pilot Petra´s Smart Streetlight Network Solutions across select locations in the Palmer service territory, the companies said.

The pilot will demonstrate streetlight integrated VoWiFi and Wi-Fi data offloading, including origination and completion of voice calls from within the Wi-Fi network, transforming each streetlight into an extension of Palmer´s mobile network while simultaneously delivering significant streetlight energy savings to local municipalities and utilities.

The pilot partnership will also help test the backbone technology needed to deliver uninterrupted network coverage, including blanket Wi-Fi in targeted areas and seamless hand off between mobile and secure Wi-Fi networks to improve service levels and overall mobile network performance.

Petra Systems´ Smart Streetlight Network Solutions come complete with high-efficiency LED luminaries and fully-integrated adaptive lighting controls that include carrier-grade Wi-Fi radios. These Smart Streetlights create a secure, city-wide Wi-Fi network that improves mobile network performance and coverage. The high density of the streetlight-based infrastructure ensures maximum bandwidth availability with low latency.

Petra Systems, Inc. is a global technology provider delivering remotely managed networks for Smart City infrastructure, leveraging core expertise in power electronics, controls, and communications. With over 250,000 installed systems, Petra combines technology innovation and competitive financing to help mobile carriers, municipalities, utilities, and transportation authorities transform streetlights into valuable assets.

Palmer Wireless is a local wireless company bringing affordable wireless high speed internet service to Central Minnesota. Palmer offers 3G cell phone service through a cooperative partnership with other local Central Minnesota wireless partners. Formed in 2006, Palmer Wireless has a growing presence in the Palmer, Duelm, Clear Lake, Becker, Foley, Sauk Rapids and St. Cloud communities.