Kamehameha Schools announced Tuesday the activation of a free, public Wi-Fi network in Our Kaka'ako that is one of the fastest and most powerful of its kind in the nation.
The network, launched on March 1, is accessible on any wireless device throughout the Our Kaka'ako neighborhood, a nine-block area bounded by Ala Moana Boulevard and South, Halekauwila and Cooke streets.
Hawaii Dialogix Telecom, a leading provider of Wi-Fi networks, designed the robust and flexible WiFi network and will also provide the services to connect it to the Internet.
Local firm Boss Communication Technologies provided the electrical and cabling services to get the system installed. More than twenty wireless access points were placed throughout Our Kaka'ako, enabling Wi-Fi users to enjoy seamless roaming throughout the neighborhood without being kicked off the network when traveling between blocks.
The system is also designed to accommodate a large number of simultaneous users.
"Our community Wi-Fi will not only increase wireless access for everyone who works and visits the neighborhood, but it will further enhance the innovation and creativity that Our Kaka'ako is known for," noted Erin Kinney, development manager for Kamehameha Schools. "We’ll be able to strengthen our community in so many positive ways through greater connectivity."
The WiFi will be noticeably faster than an average LTE network or free Wi-Fi found in some coffee shops or shopping malls. Upload and download speeds will be symmetrical, and will transfer data up to 10 times faster than most home Internet connections. Users will be able to enjoy the high-speed Wi-Fi over the nine-blocks seamlessly. The system will be protected by a Next Generation Firewall Solution to ensure the privacy and safety of its users.
"HDT is proud to participate in the redevelopment and revitalization of the Kaka'ako region by working with Kamehameha Schools to provide free Wi-Fi to tenants, their clientele, residents and visitors of this community," said Stephen Hon, co-president of Hawaii Dialogix Telecom. "Internet access is vital to social and economic productivity in this digital age, and we believe this service will help Kamehameha Schools achieve its long-term goal of cultivating innovation, technology, education and economic opportunity for Our Kaka'ako."
To accommodate the changes that are occurring in Our Kaka'ako, HDT has designed the network with resilience and scalability features to ensure the WiFi service will be able to adequately provide coverage as different stages of Kamehameha Schools' master plan are implemented. This will allow for network capacity to be dynamically allocated to the places where the densest user activity will be occurring, as in the case of the thriving Honolulu Night Market or Eat the Street events.
Over the next few months, Our Kaka'ako will host a series of events that showcase the capabilities and strength of the Wi-Fi network.
For more information about Kamehameha Schools’ Our Kaka'ako master plan and a list of Wi-Fi related events, visit www.OurKakaako.com.