The eight city buildings in Andover are now linked to a single network, thanks to a partnership with Pixius Communications in Wichita.
Installation of the Metropolitan Area Network has been completed, connecting Andover’s city hall, police and fire station, three wastewater plants, the Andover lodge and the streets department and the parks maintenance buildings. Those facilities are spread across Andover.
“Until now, we’ve not been able to connect the remote sites,” says Craig Brown, Andover’s information technology director.
He says having all eight facilities on one network allows employees in different locations to pull and share files as needed and helps improve communication across buildings.
Brown says the network will make the city’s operations more efficient. But it also factors in the city’s growth.
“As our needs expand, this network will expand,” Brown says.
Pixius owns the network. It will be managed by the company’s outsourced technology division called PixPro. Andover will pay about $2,000 a month for the network service.
PixPro was created in June 2015 as part of a rebranding to differentiate between the two Pixius Communications business lines: residential broadband Internet and managed technology services.