PASCO, WA-- Wireless technology has come along way with cell phones and laptops, but it's also used on a much larger scale by cities.
Wireless modems, kind of like the one you may have at your home for your Internet, are being used by some local cities to monitor things from water systems to lights. These industrial level modems are efficient and they're also saving you money.
The City of Pasco water towers filled with 5 million gallons of drinking and irrigation water have wireless modems that constantly transmit data to the public works department.
"We can have instant check of the system to make sure they're operating optimum rather than trying to go there and take a long time for us to find out," said Ahmad Qayoumi, Pasco Public Works Director.
The waste water treatment plant also uses the modems to monitor operations.
Instead of sending workers to continually check the utilities or find out about a problem after it's happened, the constant monitoring saves money and is highly efficient.
"It allows them to provide a single point of access into the network to where they can go to it and look at the status of all of the tanks, the pumps, without having to physically go out and inspect them," said Eric Marske, ESTeem Wireless Modems.
"Cost effective way of doing business. And this way we own it. We have the radios and they communicate with us instead of relying on telephone lines that cost a lot of money," Qayoumi said.
ESTeem modems provides the technology used by the city and says the modems eliminate problems and provides a system that runs more smoothly than traditional wires.
"We just take it to the next level to where we go much further distances and much more industrial rated hardware to be able to survive in that kind of environment," Marske said.
City administrators say they also plan to incorporate using the modems for their traffic lights over the next three years.