02 December 2005

Infrastructure theft and telecommunications

This article is interesting, in that it highlights an aspect of infrastructure that seldom gets attention -- theft. As the article points out, it is hardly a problem isolated to developing countries. The impact of infrastructure theft is perhaps greater in developing countries because the resources are scarcer.

On the CAnet News mailing list, Bill St. Arnaud speculates about whether this phenomenon might turn out to be a driver for technology change. Would fiber or wireless equipment face the same problems? What if the lampposts being stolen contain access points ... how would this affect municipal networks?

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1 comment:

KuangChiu Huang said...

If municipalities worry about the theft of lamp post would cause inconvenience of daily life and less coverage of municipal WiFi network, they could integrate surveillance system and WiFi network together (i.e., attach camera lens into lamp post and send signals to police office through access point). to have following benefits:

1. Aid from surveillance system can relieve the demanding of patrol duty and decrease crime rates.
2. If pilferers try to steal light poles, surveillance system can capture thief photos through its camera attached on the pole.
3. If surveillance system can not provide regular signals, maybe the electricity has been broken and post is being stolen. Police can go there capture thieves.

If the integrated surveillance system and WiFi can decrease crime rates but also protect lamp posts, it means access points also be protected. Wish these benefits can justify extra cost of surveillance system.