La Antigua Guatemala is still working in becoming the first digital city in Central America. The first try which included a WI-FI zone around the Plaza Mayor (main square) and wireless security cameras throughout the city proved to be too much for the WI-FI infrastructure, which collapse under the massive data transfers.
For the second try, the municipal government is laying down fiber optic lines which should be able to handle the data transfers from an initial batch of 60 security cameras and the Internet access zones around Parque Central and public schools.
In the words of loyal AntiguaDailyPhoto reader and city council member Antonio Palomo, “if the schools already have the computers without Internet access is like having only 50% of the solution.” He also told me that some of the cameras will be public so anybody would be able to watch the view of Central Park, the cathedral and Volcán de Agua.
I wish them luck and hopefully sometime soon we could proudly say that La Antigua Guatemala is indeed the first digital city of Central America. ;-)
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