Broadband Communities

AUG-SEP 2017

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017 | | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | 21 Because every home in Walsh has at least 2 Gbps internet access, every homeowner will have access to a low-cost, high-quality telemedicine service. of innovations need to be supported," Voll says. "Broadband and the internet should not be limiting factors." INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY INTO LIFE Trying to envision Walsh as a "city within a city," the technology team focused on the value that technology could deliver right away for multiple demographic groups. In the village center, they decided to install a maker space with a 3D printer, robotics, and computer numerical controlled woodworking machinery, where residents could "learn how to make anything they can dream up." Along the extensive trail system, technology will bring the outdoor built environment to life with "digital cattails" – LED-enabled vegetation that lights up when joggers run past. e children's playground has been digitally transformed into a giant musical instrument. Children generate harp music as they slide down the slide and drum music when they play on the seesaw. e first of eight elementary schools to be built in Walsh opens in fall 2017 and will benefit from 10 Gbps connectivity. e school district intends to use the connectivity to support a science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) curriculum. Schoolchildren will take virtual-reality field trips and meet experts from local Texas Christian University via videoconferencing. RPG is pursuing integrating pediatric care from Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth into the school nurse's office. e 10 gig connection could even allow hospitalized children to participate in classes via real-time video. In June, RPG announced that all residents will have access to an unusual telemedicine service: For only $8 a month, they will be able to consult a Texas board-certified physician through online video or phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Waiting times are expected to be less than 10 minutes. is gives users instant, non-emergency treatment at any time and diminishes the need for emergency room visits. Physicians can diagnose short-term or acute illnesses, recommend treatment and call in prescriptions. "Curating amenities that support a small-town experience is critically important to our vision for residents' life at Walsh," says Ruggeri. "Telehealth is the modern-day house call: friendly, inexpensive and convenient." Residents can sign up for telemedicine through a dedicated HOA portal, and services are administered by New Benefits, a provider of noninsured benefit programs. Residents also receive health advocacy benefits to help them navigate complex health care and insurance systems. PREPARING HOMES FOR BROADBAND Frog works with individual home buyers to learn their technology requirements and make sure the wiring in each home can support residents' needs. "Overwhelmingly, the most talked-about topic is a reliable in-home network," Voll says. "People have had good and bad experiences with routers and extenders, so we want to ensure good wireless coverage. … People are Architect's rendering of the co-working space in Walsh

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