Sep 5, 2003
The Denver Institutional Area Network Environment, nicknamed DIANE, takes advantage of fiber that ComCast installed as part of the City’s cable franchise agreement. Operating somewhat like a prism, the new technology sends a laser light through the glass fiber. The light refracts into 32 different colors on which data, voice or video can travel together at 5-Gigabit Ethernet speed.
“A good science fiction novel couldn’t dream up this technology, much less offer the reliability and speed of communications among City agencies that the DIANE offers,” said Hickenlooper, noting it is one of the largest networks of its kind in the Western United States. “This network takes the Denver Police, Public Libraries, Public Works, Human Services, Denver International Airport, Arts Complex, the Colorado Convention Center and other agencies that are among the initial 85 locations to a new level of efficiency.”
“This technology enables more data, voice and video to travel together at high speeds on 32 tracks of the same fiber instead of traveling independently on one strand of fiber at lower speeds,” explained Emit Hurdelbrink, director of the Denver Office of Information Technology.
With planning started over four years ago, DIANE’s $6 million price tag over five years will replace the cost of network services by private vendors. Some of the key benefits are as follows: