Case Study

Wireless Broadband Provides Traffic Control and Public Safety to City of Richardson

Customer Type: Government / Municipality

Country/Region: City of Richardson, Texas, USA

Application: Public Safety / Video Surveillance



“During our requisite proof of concept process we were originally looking at various mesh solutions. We quickly realized that the only equipment that offered us the non-stop reliability we require is the BreezeMAX and so we went for an end-to-end wireless broadband network.”

Steve Graves, Chief Information Officer with the City of Richardson


The Customer
City of Richardson, Texas.

The Challenge
Improve quality of life for residents and large number of commuters that enter the nation’s Telecom Corridor daily.

The Solution
BreezeMAX® solution mounted around the city and connected to the city’s high-quality video surveillance network for public safety and traffic control.

The Result
Improved traffic control, coordinated traffic signals and incident response, increase regional air quality, better manage changes in traffic. Live feeds to police headquarters and to a 24-7 Emergency Operations Center.

case-studyIn this case study, you will learn how Telrad helped system integrator, Crystal Communications, to deliver a successful wireless broadband access deployment to the City of Richardson, Texas. The BreezeMAX solution, mounted around the city and connected to the city’s video surveillance network, provides a flexible method for delivering broadband data.

Operators like Crystal Communications, who have been selling the ‘Breeze’ products for a decade, continue to build upon Alvarion’s legacy, while taking their customers forward with a future-proof, dependable, 4G LTE product line. Telrad has spent the last several months, since the Alvarion BWA acquisition, creating a seamless path from WiMAX to LTE-Advanced for existing WiMAX users, while developing a new family of LTE-ready products.

The Customer

Richardson is a vibrant community, kept current by the Richardson  City Council’s emphasis on economic development and neighborhood integrity.

Richardson is one of the most conveniently located communities in the Metroplex, and is the heart of a significant employment center, the Telecom Corridor® area. More than 88,000 people work in the City of Richardson each day.

About Crystal Communications Ltd.
Crystal Communications, Ltd. specializes in the design, installation, and support of broadband wireless systems and high-speed network infrastructure. Headquartered in Kingwood, Texas, Crystal Communications offers leading edge wireless solutions combined with the expertise necessary to succeed in today’s converging communications environment. As a family owned and operated Houston based company, Crystal provides its clients a level of responsiveness and reliability they can depend on. Crystal offers proven product knowledge and project management experience that ensures the customer’s broadband network provides the performance and flexibility that end users require.

The Challenge

With more than 5,000 businesses operating within Richardson’s 28 square miles (73 km2), including several of the world’s largest telecommunications/networking companies, traffic has become a major priority for local government.

Inspired by Kansas’ Operation Green Light, City of Richardson officials have decided to introduce a wireless traffic digitization system that will improve traffic flow into and throughout the city.

The Solution

Crystal Communications, a BreezeMAX reseller, is enabling the City to roll out a wireless, high-speed communications network including base station equipment, network planning and optimization, the StarSuite Network Management System, CPEs connected to the traffic controllers and more.

The BreezeMAX smart city solution provides connectivity to the City’s high-quality video surveillance network that delivers live feeds to police headquarters and to a 24-7 Emergency Operations Center. The high-quality feeds can also be viewed from any PC monitor within the public safety network. The BreezeMAX base stations have been deployed on various water towers and tall buildings across the city to enable ubiquitous coverage.

The network also supports many more applications for the city. These include:

  • Intersection controller data
  • GPS Time/NTP Time sync
  • Traffic video surveillance
  • Traffic Counting equipment
  • Remote viewing of traffic video detectors
  • Public Safety Radio applications
  • Emergency data deployment via portable tower
  • Hotspot backhauls

The Result

The new system provides high-speed connectivity to all intersections, cameras, and other gear.  The result is an improvement in the coordination of traffic signals and incident response.  This will gradually increase regional air quality, provide a tool for local government to better manage changes in traffic and essentially improve the overall quality of life for residents and commuters. The system lends itself well to rapid deployments and ample capacity for new uses and future proofing while being simple to maintain and operate. Deployment of new sites is relatively simple and inexpensive and overall there is a significant monetary savings over other evaluated alternatives.

Delivering a successful wireless broadband access deployment has allowed the City to meet a set of critical business needs, while also providing a very flexible method for delivering broadband data to a variety of business needs quickly and affordably.


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Berge Ayvazian, Senior Analyst and Consultant, Wireless 20/20

Berge Ayvazian

Berge Ayvazian joined Wireless 20/20 as a Senior Analyst in 2009, following more than 20 years as a senior telecom industry analyst and strategy consultant with Yankee Group, where he served as CEO and co-chairman of the 4G World and Mobile Internet World conference programs. At Wireless 20/20, he leads an integrated practice to help mobile and wireless broadband operators and their vendors to develop their 4G/5G technology roadmaps and build a complete business case leveraging the Wireless 20/20 WiROI™ Business Case Analysis Tools.

He has used these tools to develop operator 4G network business cases, and address the most challenging modeling problems associated with fixed wireless networks, Wi-Fi Offload, Small Cell deployments and 4G networks to serve venues such as stadiums, airports and train stations. Ayvazian also spent five years with UBM as a Senior Analyst/Consultant for Heavy Reading conducting 4G Network and Mobile Internet research on the convergence of broadband and mobility and the evolving business strategies of mobile service providers and their technology vendors. Ayvazian chaired 4G World conferences in the US and India and he continues to serve as the Program Director and Conference Chair of UBM’s Tower & Small Cell Summit. Ayvazian is a frequent speaker at other telecom industry events worldwide.

He has been a regular contributor of analyst notes, white papers and webcasts for RCR Wireless, Light Reading, Light Reading India, Wireless 20/20 and 4G Trends media portals. Wireless2020_logo


Robert Finch, President at Select Spectrum‬

Robert Finch

Bob is President of Select Spectrum which provides spectrum marketing and auction management services to organizations seeking to maximize the value and utility of FCC spectrum licenses. The company has supported 196 successful spectrum transactions since 2010.

From 2003 to 2008 Bob was Vice President of Spectrum Development for Nextel and Sprint Nextel where he led the rollup that aggregated mobile broadband spectrum rights averaging 100 MHz nationwide. Bob holds engineering degrees from U.C. Davis and Stanford. He lives in Northern Virginia.


Chris Daniels VP & Regional GM of North America for Telrad

Chris Daniels

Chris Daniels is the Vice President and General Manager of Telrad North America, responsible for sales and operations in the US and Canada. Chris joined Telrad after their acquisition of the Alvarion BWA division, where he served as VP of Sales and later as General Manager of the Americas.

He has served in technical, sales, and management roles during his fifteen years in the telecommunications industry. Prior to entering the wireless industry in 2005, he served as an AVP of Product Strategy for Zhone Technologies.

As a member of the executive engineering team, Chris was responsible for aligning Zhone’s long-term vision with their customers’ next-generation requirements.



Kurt Schaubach, CTO, Federated Wireless

Kurt Schaubach

Kurt Schaubach brings 25 years of wireless industry experience to Federated Wireless where he plays a key role in developing technologies and new business strategies to create the next-generation architecture of broadband wireless. Previously, Kurt served in various engineering roles at the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC), NextWave Wireless, LCC International, and Southwestern Bell. He has also served as a technology consultant to wireless network operators, equipment manufacturers, and semiconductor suppliers.

Kurt was a founding member of a publicly traded wireless broadband and multimedia software company and led the acquisition and integration of two wireless infrastructure companies. Kurt has been active in spectrum development, management, and policy matters throughout his career.

He currently serves on the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) and has spoken at the International Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies (ISART) events, among many others. Kurt received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech. FederatedWireless


Steve Coran, Member of Lerman Senter PLLC

Steve Coran

Mr. Coran’s practice focuses on the representation of fixed wireless broadband providers, equipment and technology companies, educators and wireless companies by serving their policy, transactional and licensing needs.

He actively represents a trade association before the FCC, Congress and other federal agencies in matters involving spectrum policy, Internet regulation, the Universal Service Fund and other proceedings affecting wireless broadband service providers and other wireless technology interests. Mr. Coran has extensive experience in negotiating complex, multi-party transactions for the purchase, sale and financing of established and start-up communications businesses, and also drafts and negotiates interconnection, spectrum lease, tower lease, dark fiber and other agreements. He has also represented financial institutions in connection with public and private investments.

Mr. Coran also advises on regulatory compliance and FCC enforcement matters. Mr. Coran is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences on a wide variety of regulatory, legislative and communications industry issues. Stephen Coran is A/V rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest peer review rating available to attorneys that provides an objective indicator that a lawyer has the highest ethical standards and professional ability.



Paul Shanayda, Co-founder and CEO of Afterimage GIS

Paul Shanayda

As Co-founder and CEO of Afterimage GIS, Paul has 20+ years experience in the application of geographic information system (GIS) to the development of management systems for local government, and to academic research in environmental management. Over the past 10 years he has established a national reputation as a pioneer and innovator in the utilization of GIS in the planning, design and management of wireless broadband networks collaborating with hardware manufacturers such as Telrad, Cisco, Alcatel Lucent, and DISH Networks to plan and design networks for implementations ranging from local/state governments and internet service providers in the private sector. Afterimage_400x400

Afterimage GIS


James Bridges, Manager at Select Spectrum

James Bridges

As the Manager of Select Spectrum, James is responsible for marketing the company’s auctions, analyzing license and business transactions for clients, and developing proposals and contracts.

James joined Select Spectrum in August of 2015. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Longwood University. He currently lives in the Northern Virginia area.


Todd Gore, Sr. Strategic Account Executive, Federated Wireless

Todd Gore

Todd Gore is Federated Wireless’s sales lead for incumbent and commercial activities. He’s spent the last 15 years working in various leadership and field sales roles working alongside telcos, MSOs, OEMs and software/hardware companies. FederatedWireless

Tom Gruba

Tom Gruba

Tom Gruba is an independent consultant with 30+ years of experience in telecommunications serving various capacities including engineering, product management, sales, marketing and innovation with broad expertise in wireline and wireless systems. While Sr. Director of Marketing in Alcatel-Lucent’s wireless infrastructure division, Tom led the launch of lightRadio™, a pioneering Cloud RAN solution. He also served as head of product marketing at Motorola, directing the launches of LTE & WiMAX, and as CMO of their successful Canopy Broadband Wireless start-up. As an innovator, Tom created value at both AT&T Network Systems and Motorola, transforming their portfolios by adding software and support services to hardware, and instigated a corporate-wide innovation program for West Monroe Partners, a business and technology consulting firm. Tom is a proven leader and public speaker with degrees in computer science and electronic engineering technology.


Ted Osborn

Ted Osborn

Ted Osborn is the Managing Director of WISP Partners, Inc., a boutique consultancy with an assembly of multi-platform Internet experts specializing in the rural broadband marketplace. WISP Partner’s services include project management, regulatory, and strategic business development.

Mr. Osborn is considered a national expert on rural broadband and the Connect America Fund.

Casey Fleming

Casey Fleming

Chief Executive Officer of BLACKOPS Partners Corporation, the leading intelligence, think tank, strategy, and cybersecurity advisors to senior leadership of the world’s largest organizations. Mr. Fleming is widely recognized as a top thought-leader, leading expert and speaker on intelligence, strategy, national security, hybrid warfare, DarkNet and cybersecurity. He regularly advises top leadership of business, government, the military, The White House and Congress. He is co-author of SPECTRE, the breakthrough hybrid warfare exercise. The Cybersecurity Excellence Awards recently named him Cybersecurity Professional of the Year. Mr. Fleming led global organizations for IBM Corporation, Deloitte Consulting, and Good Technology. He served as founding managing director of IBM’s highly successful Cyber division, now IBM Security. Mr. Fleming received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University with Honors and has participated in executive programs with Harvard Business School, The Wharton School, and IBM Corporation.