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Oscar Martinez, Assistant City Manager

Automated Meter Reading / Wireless

Goal: To find an automated system that is cost
efficient and more effective then the current
manual system

Results: A pilot project to evaluate AMR using a
wireless broadband (Wi-Fi)

Contracts awarded:
Public Technology, Inc. (PTI) - design,
implementation and evaluation of AMR using
a Wi-Fi
Northrop Grumman and TROPOS - installation
of the AMR and WiFi pilot projects


Safety - no longer an issue
Accurate readings
Readings available twice/day
Improved customer service
Successfully interface with Utility billing system
Accurate monthly statements
Finalized cost projections

Goals achieved: AMR cost efficient, more effective
Corporation Structure
Independent organization that can be more responsive to market changes
and partner requirements
Primary focus is government, economic, and community development
City Appointed Board of Directors
Management Team
Network Operations
Customer Service
Portal Applications Management
Financial and Legal Management
Sales and Marketing
Program Development
Network Technology and Infrastructure
Leased of management of cellular WiFi and fiber network infrastructure
E-commerce portal application
Network portal application
Government Application Benefits
Automated Meter Reading (AMR)
Automated Vehicle Location (AVL)
Enable low cost mobile network access for all City
departments and affiliates
Sustainable Business Revenues
Potential ISP subscription revenue
Potential advertising revenue
Potential E-commerce revenue
Potential portal application revenue
Operational Costs
Repayment of debt service
Annual operation and maintenance costs
Modernization and expansion costs

Investigate, evaluate and execute City Wi-Fi uses

Discuss key benefits, advantages and services that Wi-Fi
can provide to other local agencies

Develop a Call for Partnership to attract outside firms

Inline with Reengineering Efforts
Mobile Workers: Development Center, Code Enforcement,
Engineering, Public Works and Utilities, Public Safety, Health
Inspection, and Animal Care
Automated Vehicle Locater: Public Safety, Utilities & Public
Assist with Automation of Water and Gas Distribution:
Provide redundancy for existing systems
Video Surveillance: Port Surveillance, Dams, City properties,
Service Center, High crime areas, High accident impact areas
Cell Phones: Replace cell phones with WiFi enabled phones
Rapid Transfer and Access of Data and Information:
Fleet Maintenance, Performance Measures
Traffic Signals: Interconnect signals for progression
Schools, College and University - Student, parent, educator
access to institutional applications; Sharing of surveillance video
Port Authority - Video surveillance and Automated locations for
RTA - Busses: WiFi, AVL and video surveillance on busses and kiosks
at bus stations
TxDOT - High accident impact areas, Traffic detection and
Interconnect signals for progression & Intelligent Highways
County - Automated Location, Video Surveillance, Mobile Workers
Hospitals - eHealth
Small Businesses Development, Automation and Portal Posting
Economic Development Stimulus for relocation
DMD -Splash page and tourist information, Electronic shopping
Other Internet Services Providers - Access to Market
Hardware and Application Developers - Verification of product

The public and private sectors must reinvent the way
they do business in order to maximize the value of
a wireless system

Failure to reinvent ourselves
Financial pitfalls
Public/Private sector gaps
Ability to demonstrate value
Lack of technical expertise (users)
Long term political support
Oscar R. Martinez, Assistant City Manager
P.O. Box 9277
Corpus Christi, Texas 78469-9277
Phone: (361) 826-3897
Mobile: (361) 537-0180
Fax: (361) 826-3845