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Berkeley and Palm Springs put down smart city foundations

5 Bars leverages city assets to provide coverage throughout neighbourhoods, roads, parks and public places

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Palm Springs, described as "like no place else" is getting its smart infrastructure in order
Palm Springs, described as "like no place else" is getting its smart infrastructure in order

5 Bars Communities, a dba of XG Communities, has announced agreements with the cities of Berkeley and Palm Springs in California to market and manage wireless coverage solutions which will help to build their respective smart city infrastructures.


XG’s aim is to leverage city assets to provide excellent wireless coverage throughout neighbourhoods, roads, parks and public places and eliminate dead zones. It provides wireless master plans, asset marketing and engineering services for cities and municipalities across the United States.


The master plan will provide the community with a vision and it aims to help the cities implement a smart wireless infrastructure while retaining local control. The wireless marketing plan will optimise new city revenue sources from wireless infrastructure and carrier investments by creating a predictable and repeatable process with local control.


As wireless carriers densify existing networks, it is estimated that the industry will deploy hundreds of thousands of small cells, making it increasingly difficult for cities to manage the applications process. 5 Bars will act as an advocate for both cities, in collaboration with carriers, in order to minimise impact from wireless facility siting decisions.


The cities have opted to partner with 5 Bars in a multi-year agreement. Throughout its history, Berkeley, which is ranked as one of the top best places to live in the nation, has been known for introducing creative change, that has later been adopted by other cities. Palm Springs, a desert resort city within the Coachella Valley with 350 days of sunshine, wants to increase connectivity for businesses and citizens.



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