The city of Brea, California, is testing NetMotion Mobility 5.0 in hopes of saving money on a 3G CDMA (third-generation Code Division Multiple Access) mobile data service for which it will be charged per bit beyond a maximum monthly amount of data. Brea's police and fire departments already are using NetMotion Mobility to meet encryption and addressing requirements on the CDMA system, which is in the final stages of live testing, said Greg Walters, radio frequency specialist for the city. Brea also provides the IT systems of police departments in nine other cities.
"We don't want to give these guys unlimited access to everything out there, because it could cost us dearly," Walters said.
Policies set up with the module in version 5.0 could prevent patrol officers from consuming too much bandwidth with uses such as Web browsing, Walters said. For example, a policy could keep officers from using notebook PCs in their patrol cars for surfing the Web at all, or allow them to visit just a few specific sites.
Another way to save on bandwidth would be to cut off unnecessary chatter among devices on a network, he added. This is a particular problem with networks of Windows 98 devices, he said.
"We're seeing upwards of 1.6 megabytes a day of traffic when you haven't even done anything with the system," Walters said. The new software allows the IS manager to block out types of chatter that aren't necessary.
All users of NetMotion Mobility 4.0 with a current maintenance contract will be able to upgrade free to version 5.0, which will be available in the first half of September. The policy management add-on module will cost $2,000 per server and about $40 up to $75 per client depending on the number of clients, NetMotion's Brickel said. NetMotion Mobility costs $4,999 for a server and 25 clients, with additional clients priced from $120 to $195 depending on volume.