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June 23, 2006 1:00pm - 3:00pm EST 
Dianah Neff, CIO, City of Philadelphia
Stephen Rayment, Chief Technical Officer, BelAir Networks

The Transformation to Wireless Philadelphia

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As more businesses and individuals go wireless, there is an increasing demand for public spaces to incorporate Wi-Fi into their offerings. Already, places such as airports, libraries and universities are starting to provide 'hotspots' where users can access wireless internet. However, there is a growing trend to provide greater access to this technology in more diverse settings.


Perhaps the most ambitious of these new plans is the creation of a wireless Philadelphia . Incorporating the use of this technology over large areas provides CIO's with a host of technical challenges, not the least of which are ensuring strong signal levels, providing access systems, ensuring security levels and integrating new wireless systems with existing ones.



Take away points include:

  • How Philadelphia proposes to capitalize on this potential by leading an effort to create a wireless network that will provide high-speed, broadband wireless connectivity to all points within the city.

  • Dianah Neff, CIO, City of Philadelphia Learn More
  • Stephen Rayment - Chief Technical Officer, BelAir Networks Learn More

CIO’s, CTO’s, VP's and Directors of IT

And anyone responsible for IT technology and services at local, municipal governments and major public places, including airports, libraries, hotels, resorts, sporting venues and colleges/ universities.

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Dianah L. Neff has 18 years experience in providing leadership and implementation of organization-wide strategic information technology planning, assuring reliability of information technology infrastructure, and directing information technology departments in their delivery of technology support services in both city and county organizations. She was appointed as Chief Information Officer for the City of Philadelphia in May 2001, reporting to Mayor John F. Street and serving on the mayor's cabinet. As head of the Mayor's Office of Information Services, the city's central IT agency, Ms. Neff is leading the wireless Philadelphia project to create a citywide, 135 square miles, digital infrastructure to help citizens, business, schools and community organizations make effective use of wireless technology.

Stephen Raymen, a co-founder of BelAir Networks, brings over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, which includes 13 years in the wireless arena. At Nortel Networks and Bell-Northern Research, he led the development of broadband wireless products for the MMDS band, the development of broadband multimedia satcom equipment and the design of the industry's first wireless PBX. As co-founder of a consulting firm, he has also worked with operators to deploy new wireless technologies. He holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University. He also earned a Diploma of Administration from the University of Ottawa and has graduated from the MIT Sloan School's Management of Technology program.

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