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panOULU summer competition raised interest

Mon, 07/02/2007 - 09:01 -- admin

The panOULU summer competition, organised by City of Oulu COMPETENCE Oulu 400 programme and panOULU consortium, was participated by 1 371 people on the week after midsummer's day. The competition was a part of a campaign designed to make panOULU network better known during this summer. Campaign's goal is to help citizens of Oulu and visitors alike to find the network and to utilise it.
A Nokia N95 wlan phone, donated by Elisa Plc. was raffled with the participants of the competition. The lucky winner is Jarkko Lysti from Oulu.
panOULU network is a free and open wireless citizen's network consisting of about 800 access points. In May 2007 over 7 800 different devices used the network, and accumulating from the start of this year almost 20 000 users have used the network. panOULU is the largest open citizen's network in Finland.
More information:
Project manager Heikki Riikonen
City of Oulu, COMPETENCE Oulu 400
Tel. 044 703 1640
heikki.riikonen@ouka.fi

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Participate in panOULU summer competition!

Wed, 06/20/2007 - 08:10 -- admin

Participate in panOULU summer competition by filling in the form on the competition page between 2007-06-25 and 2007-06-29. A gorgeous Nokia N95 WLAN phone will be raffled for a lucky winner. You can use the phone for surfing in panOULU - even while sunbathing in a park or a patio.
You can participate in the competition also by visiting the panOULU booth provided by Competence Oulu 400 programme at Oulu marketplace on 2007-06-25 through 2007-06-29. There are also people that can advice you to get panOULU working with your mobile device. Come and meet us!

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panOULU expands to Ylikiiminki

Thu, 05/31/2007 - 11:32 -- admin

The wireless panOULU network is now working also in Ylikiiminki. The network can be used free of charge with a WLAN capable wireless device in Ylikiiminki centrum, library, health care center, Harjurinne school and the town hall, which also includes the youth house.

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5000 EUR GRANT FOR M.Sc. THESIS ON THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE panOULU NETWORK

Mon, 05/14/2007 - 15:30 -- admin

The MediaTeam Oulu research group at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering of the University of Oulu announces a 5000 eur grant for M.Sc. thesis on the economic impact of the panOULU network.The successful applicant is expected to have excellent record in studies on economics, genuine interest in research, fluent spoken and written English, and good communication skills. Written applications have to contain English cover letter, CV, up-to-date transcript and photocopies of earlier degree diplomas (e.g. high school diploma). The applications have to be submitted by 31.5.2007 to the following address:
University of Oulu
Professor Timo Ojala
P.O.Box 4500
90014 University of Oulu
Further information is available via email from professor Timo Ojala (timo.ojala@ee.oulu.fi).

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5000 EUR GRANT FOR M.Sc. THESIS ON THE SOCIAL IMPACT OF THE panOULU NETWORK

Mon, 05/14/2007 - 15:26 -- admin

The MediaTeam Oulu research group at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering of the University of Oulu announces a 5000 eur grant for M.Sc. thesis on the social impact of the panOULU network.
The successful applicant is expected to have excellent record in relevant field of studies (e.g. information studies, sociology, or political sciences), genuine interest in research, fluent spoken and written English, and good communication skills. Written applications have to contain English cover letter, CV, up-to-date transcript and photocopies of earlier degree diplomas (e.g. high school diploma). The applications have to be submitted by 31.5.2007 to the following address:
University of Oulu
Professor Timo Ojala
P.O.Box 4500
90014 University of Oulu

Further information is available via email from professor Timo Ojala (timo.ojala@ee.oulu.fi).

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panOULU now available at the Oulu Airport

Thu, 04/05/2007 - 06:21 -- admin

The expansion of the panOULU network reached an important milestone, as Oulun Puhelin Plc. delivered the panOULU subscription purchased by Finavia to Oulu Airport last Friday. panOULU offers all passengers at the airport open and free wireless broadband Internet access that can be used with WLAN compatible device. Read the press release (in Finnish). More information about the panOULU network at the Oulu Airport.

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panOULU continued on moving targets

Mon, 04/02/2007 - 13:16 -- admin

City of Oulu has decided to continue the trial of offering the free and open panOULU network for bus and ferry users. COMPETENCE Oulu 400 programme has agreed to continue the use of the wireless broadband connections used during the pilot until the end of 2007. Read the press release (in Finnish).

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Finland's first large-scale wireless MESH network to Oulu

Tue, 02/27/2007 - 13:45 -- admin

City of Oulu expands panOULU network to the city center and other outdoor areas with a MESH network. For the users of panOULU the shake-up is substantial - wireless connection works faster and is more reliable, and at the same time the coverage area expands significantly. The network uses Strix Systems MESH technology and it will be delivered by Nordic LAN&WAN Communication Plc.The new network, which will be built by the end of October 2007, will replace the old outdoor coverage in Oulu center and expands it to new areas. Compared to the older, regular WLAN network, the greatest difference is that not all of the access points are connected to a wired network. Instead the access points form a self-connected wireless network, where only the so-called RAP (Root Access Point) access points are connected to the Internet. The amount of access points that need a wired connection is only a tenth of all the access points, and thus the costs of wired connections are reduced significantly.
A great strength of the system is the increased usability of the panOULU network. The access points are also easy to upgrade to upcoming WLAN standards. The access points used in the MESH network are equipped with four radios, of which two work as so-called backhaul radios and two work as client radios.
Almost 700 access points in panOULU
The panOULU network currently includes 675 access points, of which 60 offer outdoor coverage. Thirteen of them are located in moving objects, such as in buses, a mobile library and the Hailuoto ferry. The city of Oulu administers 215 of the access points and they are located in public service points, such as in citizen's houses, schools, youth houses, service centers, health care facilities, the city hospital, sports areas and bureaus.
panOULU network is provided in cooperation by City of Oulu, University of Oulu, Oulu Polytechnic, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Elisa Plc., Netplaza Ltd. and Oulun Puhelin Plc. The network is comprised of the four aforementioned organization's visitor networks and the panOULU subscriptions sold by the telcos. Organizations that have bought a subscription offer panOULU in their premises to their clients and visitors. The COMPETENCE Oulu 400 programme will expand the network with 400 new access points by the end of 2007.
panOULU network offers a free and open wireless broadband network to everyone, and one only needs a WLAN compatible device to use it. The number of network users has grown steadily and in January 2007 there were almost 6 000 different users. The users are also very active, for there are almost a 200 000 use sessions per month. The accumulated online time will soon reach ten million minutes; already in January the usage time was over 8,4 million minutes. In addition to laptops, the use of WLAN capable mobile phones in the network has boomed.
The deliverer of the MESH network, Nordic LAN&WAN Communication Plc. is a private Finnish service company specialized in telecommunication and network security. In addition to MESH networks, LAN&WAN sells, installs and maintains also centrally controllable WLAN networks and wireless WiMAX networks. LAN&WAN works in 11 different localities and employs 80 people.
More information:
Heikki Riikonen, project manager, City of Oulu. tel. 044 703 1640
Juha Pasanen, district chief, Nordic LAN&WAN Communication. tel. 0500 686 706

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Wireless networking on the Hailuoto ferry and ferry harbours

Wed, 02/21/2007 - 11:06 -- admin

It is now possible to use the free and open wireless panOULU network on the Hailuoto ferry and in both Hailuoto and Oulunsalo ferry harbours. The joint pilot of Destia (previously Tieliikelaitos), Digita Ltd., City of Oulu and the municipalities of Hailuoto and Oulunsalo is meant to find out the added value of a wireless network for the users of the ferry. During the pilot the network will also break the municipality borders by expanding outside Oulu.During the ferry pilot the municipalities of Hailuoto and Oulunsalo take the first steps of panOULU regional co-operation. panOULU network is gradually expanding outside the borders of Oulu, and access points will be installed during the spring to the centrum of Ylikiiminki municipality, which will be joined to Oulu in the beginning of 2009.
During the pilot, which will last to the end of March, it is possible to utilize the waiting period on the ferry harbour and also the 25 minutes on the ferry for example by reading e-mails on a WLAN compatible laptop or a mobile phone. The WLAN access points located in the ferry harbours and on the ferry access the Internet by using Digita's new @450 broadband wireless network. During the pilot Destia will also find out whether the @450 broadband network is useful in their own use. The decision concerning the continuation of the service will be made during the spring.
More information:Heikki Riikonen, City of Oulu, tel. 044 703 1640, heikki.riikonen@ouka.fiMatti Soronen, Municipality of Hailuoto, tel. 044 4973 501, matti.soronen@hailuoto.fiSirkka Ylitervo, Municipality of Oulunsalo, tel. 050 3886 806, sirkka.ylitervo@oulunsalo.fiReijo Patjas, Destia, tel. 0400 572 498, reijo.patjas@destia.fiJukka Andersson, Digita Ltd., tel.0400 501 703, jukka.andersson@digita.fi

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