Broadband Connectivity for Tribal Nations

It can be difficult for rural communities to find doctors and staff to serve their residents. This tribal nation provides housing to attract and retain competent provider staff, however, the residential neighborhood has only spotty satellite internet service. Native families living on remote reservations often rely on community libraries, schools, clinics, and tribal offices as sometimes their only source of a WI-FI signal, and many homes are located miles from the nearest access point.

Their main medical facility is the hub of healthcare services, covering the entire nation. MSB worked with the facility’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and IT Director to modernize and improve the nation’s existing wireless internet network by leveraging existing telecommunications assets. The nation had built a wireless ISP fiber backhaul at the healthcare center and attempted to provide internet through three communication towers a few miles from the center, but achieved connectivity delivering only approximately 1 MG per second.

MSB focused its solution on adopting the most efficient and cost-effective means of connecting the healthcare provider housing to the hospital’s WISP. MSB assessed the existing communications towers and determined that grounding and power were deficient, and the cabinets suffered frequent failures due to the lack of air conditioning. MSB supported the nation’s grant application to capitalize on available pandemic recovery grant money to fund tower upgrades. The improvements would make the towers more resilient by replacing nodes, grounding and switching, installing air-conditioned cabinets, and an upgraded power supply to the towers. MSB also performed commissioning and startup of the network and will provide ongoing technical support and monitoring to ensure reliable connectivity.

Services Provided:

  • Engineering Assessment & Cost Analysis
  • Value & Consulting Engineering
  • Schedule & Budget Development
  • Grant Application Support
  • Tower Assessment & Upgrades
  • Hardware Research & Selection
  • Network Build & Integration
  • Permitting & Negotiations
  • Construction Management
  • Commissioning & Startup
  • As-Built Documentation
  • Ongoing System Maintenance & Support

World-Class Natatorium

Building on a legacy of Olympians, world records and national titles, our client university recently built a 40,000-sf state-of-the-sport aquatic center with an Olympic-size pool, class rooms, locker rooms and seating for 800 spectators.  To capture the lead in both athletic performance and recruitment, the institution engaged M S Benbow to design and build a seamless, high speed, integrated HD Wi-Fi and network solution. MSB’s solution that was both fan-facing and coach-facing: driving fan engagement and athletic success with the best and fastest network technology available.

The unique Wi-Fi application to underwater and above water cameras is a win-win for coaches, student athletes, spectators and the University.  Coaches can eliminate the guess-work involved in understanding what might keep a good swimmer from being a great one.  Student-athletes are particularly attracted to the promise of technology to improve their performance.  Spectators enjoy the same excellent Wi-Fi speeds that they do elsewhere on campus, making it all the easier for them to engage on social media and with university sponsored promotions and offerings.

Technology-assisted performance evaluation is particularly powerful in the highly competitive world of recruitment, and coupled with their impressive winning record, our client has the lead in attracting the country’s top swimming candidates.

“We listened closely to understand what our client was trying to achieve for students, fans and staff.   We then converged those needs into holistic wireless design that delighted fans and empowered coaches, teachers and athletes to connect and excel.” – Ken Wright