Wi-Fi Coming to Fair Lawn Municipal Building

Three rooms in Fair Lawn's municipal building are expected to have wireless internet connectivity by the end of January.

In a significant first step toward reaching Fair Lawn's stated goal of holding paperless council meetings, portions of the municipal building are expected to become Wi-Fi-equipped by month's end.

Assistant borough manager Jim Van Kruiningen, who is overseeing the wireless installation process, said the court room, council conference room and emergency operations center will operate as wireless hotspots within a few weeks. The entire building should be Wi-Fi-capable by year's end.

Once Wi-Fi is installed, the borough will issue tablets to the mayor and council, manager, attorney and clerk. The tablets, which will remain borough property, will be purchased with $15,000 that the council appropriated for its paperless push in last year's capital budget, borough manager Tom Metzler said.

Rather than spend employee time and borough resources making paper copies of documents for council members, the clerk will scan and relay documents to the mayor and council electronically, Van Kruiningen explained. Council members will then be able to dowload the files to their tablets and access them both at home and at meetings.

The initiative is expected to save money, time and reduce the borough's impact on the environment.


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Chris Antonelli January 03, 2013 at 06:14 PM
I got 50 bucks that says at some point during a meeting or work session this year we will at least once hear the Angry Birds theme music. LMAO!
LENNY January 03, 2013 at 08:47 PM
THE INITIATIVE IS TO SAVE MONEY TIME AND REDUCE THE BOROUGH"S IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT. also no more paper trail like when you do not want something that is in question to be their hit delete and say it was an error.Mr NIXON would have loved that! water gate without paper.
Chris Antonelli January 03, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Did you even read the article?
Tommy P January 05, 2013 at 06:56 PM
$15,000 for tablets and wifi access points? WTF! My company could provide the same for half and make a tidy profit. When will the theft end?
Mayor Goldie Wilson January 05, 2013 at 08:46 PM
How dare the government spend my hard-earned money on basic technological improvements which will improve efficiency and are better for the environment! This stops now! I would suggest that they steal wi-fi from the library, but I'm going to close that too! I have a company that trains talking birds to deliver messages, like on the Flintstones, and I can do this for a fraction of the cost. Call me! Vote Goldie Wilson for Mayor! I'm gonna clean up this town!
...Just Saying January 07, 2013 at 06:20 PM
You have talked the talk, now, walk the walk. Send a proposal for $7,500 to the borough for the system. We will all look forward to reading about it in the Patch.........
Chris Antonelli January 07, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Tommy, Without you even knowing the topography and layout of the existing network, and making that statement, I wouldn't hire your company. Did you see the proposal? Do you know if it includes any infrastructure upgrades needed?
Me January 07, 2013 at 06:39 PM
You drove Hill Valley into the ground, sir! I will NOT be voting for you!
Me January 07, 2013 at 06:44 PM
So everyone in the municipal building is getting iPads to bring home for $15,000? Why not just go to the local Best Buy, pick up 2 or 3 Linksys routers for about $160 a pop, and make the officials bring in their own iPads and connect them to their borough email account?
Chris Antonelli January 07, 2013 at 07:32 PM
You came to that conclusion after reading the article?
Me January 07, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Well, it's a slight exaggeration. But why buy new iPads? If they are bringing them home, why not just have the officials bring in their own iPads, use a secure program that encrypts data, and setup the mail account on the iPad? Then when they leave office, disable the account so the user can't receive email anymore.
Tommy P January 07, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Chris, where do I begin. Let me start with common sense. Given the size of boro hall, it would take between 6 & 8 access points to fully saturate the building with wifi. A decent AP is <$75, so that's <$300 in hardware. The only real cost is in running CAT6 cables to each of the areas (<$800) and maybe an additional switch (<$200) if they don't have free ports on the existing infrastructure. Now let's double those numbers in case I forgot something. Factor in 10 mobile devices (not that they need to be) for another $4k and you still have a nice profit:) Unfortunately the "deal" has already been awarded. Considering we have an electrician or two on staff, this project should have been done in house. Its just more waste. It's not like the boro manager pays any taxes here.
Tommy P January 07, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Given the stated purpose, doesn't it make sense to just use a few wired desktop computers instead? Why must they get the most expensive tablet, there are Android devices which are much cheaper than IPads.
Chris Antonelli January 08, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Where was it stated that iPads would be issued? Why do you assume that? None of you know what the proposal says. None of you apparently know what is involved in potentially upgrading infrastructure. And yes, I have been doing it for years on a global scale for multi national corporations and hold many industry certifications.
Chris Antonelli January 08, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Decent AP for $75? A switch for 200? Huh? Where? And what are the existing switches? Are there switches upstairs and downstairs? What is the current infrastructure and what is its capacity? 10? 100? 1GB? Do you wanna be blasting 11G or 11N through 10MB switches? Not a very good idea unless you want crappy QoS. How old is the wiring? That building's infrastructure may date back to CAT 3 with Token Ring. Hell, it may even be Token Ring for all we know. Bottom line? You don't know what's in there and you don't know what's in the proposal. For all we know it may be a sweetheart deal, for Fair Lawn.
Tommy P January 08, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Actually Chris, I was told by Kurt that they were planning IPads. As someone who allegedly holds certifications, you surely understand the demands of boro hall are nothing compared to Credit Suisse. According to Hylton in IB (whom I believe you know) they have more servers then Fair Lawn has people. Let's not turn this into a pissing contest, I am sure you will concede the magnitude of network/compute requirement we are talking about are negligible. As the principal engineer of a successful enterprise infrastructure auditing firm, I am a bit surprised your still grasping at justifying the waste. It almost as if your employer won the bid and are trying to justify it. Or maybe its your continued dislike of me which I find rather ironic since politically we come to the same conclusion on a majority of issues. For the record, Chris is not the only boro resident with certs. I have a CCIE (#21**), JNCIE, MSCA, a bunch others and even an A+. I also employee two other residents with who hold respected industry certifications.
Chris Antonelli January 09, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Tommy, I'm not turning it into a pissing contest. Maybe you should go back and re-read my post. I am not trying to justify anything. I clearly said no one has seen the proposal. For all I know it could be crap. You are the one, the "principal engineer of a successful enterprise infrastructure auditing firm" calling it waste without looking at it. How exactly do YOU audit an infrastructure? You're calling it waste without knowing the facts. And I say that because you have not put any forward. And I have no vested interest in this. I don't do side work, nor would I take on a small project. And as far as your pricing is concerned: If you think throwing cheap, consumer grade garbage (it's even garbage at the consumer level) like Linksys /Buffalo/Netgear into a network that essentially runs the local government is good business, I feel sorry for ya. I'm not saying to go top of the line EC, but geez, $75 WAP's? Come on! You'd be replacing that stuff monthly with the amount of traffic that will eventually handle. No one with a CCIE should be recommending inferior products for a government building. Sounds like you're the one with sour grapes buddy. Not me.


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