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Tropos, the developer of mesh networks, has added a new feature that allows network administrators to essentially separate traffic based on user groups: That means that if a city, for example, deploys a municipal network using Tropos gear, the city network administrators can allow different user groups to essentially have their own virtual networks, with individual encryption mechanisms and access control. Police, fire, and other city departments would individually administer and access their own network and applications and likewise residents could use the network for Internet access. Each user group’s traffic would be separate and secure from the others, so residential users wouldn’t be able to access police databases, for example. Tropos doesn’t use the term VLAN, or virtual LAN, but it sounds like essentially that is what is being offered here.
This capability is likely very valuable for municipalities. It means that a city can build a network but offer it to various user groups ranging from city workers to carriers who can then use the network to offer services to residents. Municipalities can more easily justify the network.
Posted by nancyg at February 18, 2005 4:12 PM
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