Access to the Metronet means government agencies can work faster, have access to more information and provide expanded services.
The City of South Bend began using Metronet to synchronize its traffic signals, says Gary Gilot, public works director.
"We started out with a star-based system with dead-end lines going out to a point, and we transformed that into a looped system that could do so much more because of Metronet," he says. "It's a much more redundant, forgiving system when it is looped."
South Bend also uses Metronet to get its IT services to its many government-owned buildings around the 40 square miles that comprise the city, he says. In addition, it's used to monitor more than 50 sewer lift stations.
And in the not-too-distant future, the city will use Metronet and an embedded sensor system in manholes - dubbed SCO Net - that will better manage storm water runoff to eliminate overflows into streams and sewage backing up in basements.
The South Bend Regional Airport is now using Metronet to connect to the multi-layered GIS (Geographical Information System) operated by St. Joseph County, as well for hosted email and Internet service. The airport serves more than one million air, rail and bus passengers annually.
"We didn't have access to GIS before," says Michael Guljas, the airport's director of administration and finance. "And because the bandwidth opportunities are so huge, we are confident that as we continue to grow, it will meet our needs for a long time into the future."