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Up to 300 Mbps outdoor performance from wireless mesh network

Firetide : 20 August, 2009  (New Product)
Early shipments of the HotPort 7000 wireless mesh system from Firetide has seen high performance levels in Los Angeles County Sheriff department
Firetide has announced the immediate customer availability of its new MIMO-based Firetide HotPort 7000 wireless solution with early customers including the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Valley Ag Software achieving up to 300 Mbps performance in outdoor environments. Early customers report that the new infrastructure mesh product is delivering up to ten times the performance of any other wireless mesh network equipment, giving them greater flexibility in the design and deployment of their infrastructure mesh networks, and enabling the addition of new applications and services on a single network never before possible.

"Based on our testing, we expect to achieve up to 300 Mbps for a point-to-point backhaul transport connection that will expand our video surveillance wireless infrastructure mesh network to cover Ted Watkins Memorial Park in Los Angeles, which, like much of the city, is a very congested RF area. The price and performance of Firetide's MIMO is unrivaled by any other wireless mesh provider that we know of," said Chris Kovac, Deputy Sheriff, Advanced Surveillance and Protection (ASAP), Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "This phenomenal performance also gives us flexibility in the deployment of Firetide mesh products, providing a single vendor solution for multiple configuration needs and reducing costs dramatically for backhaul solutions. For example, using Firetide's MIMO in the Ted Watkins Park deployment will provide the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department with the same performance of dedicated backhaul equipment (deployed in the past) but at an approximate savings of 70 percent."

Valley Ag Software of Tulare, CA deployed Firetide MIMO-based network in Hilmar, California, well-known to the local integrators for its hostile RF environment due to competing infrastructure providers. Because of the uniquely integrated spectrum analysis and network planning tools in the Firetide MIMO solution, the deployment in such a hostile area was straightforward. They were able to work around the interference, identify less used frequencies, and push through more bandwidth than before.

"The integrated spectrum analysis tools saved us time and money. At a glance, we were able to find the best frequencies to use at a lot less cost than using the more expensive standalone products. We were also able to do remote troubleshooting, see what's interfering and move away from bad areas," said Sean Woods, IT manager of Valley Ag Software.

Valley Ag is also looking at deploying Firetide MIMO for water management where its high performance and flexibility to support other community applications can be an attractive and cost-effective solution to more traditional infrastructures such as T-1s.

"Firetide results exceed what any other standard wireless equipment vendor can do - they're not even close. With MIMO, Firetide once again stands above the pack and continues to dramatically outshine the competition," said Woods.

"These results and others from early customers hitting up to 300 Mbps illustrate the groundbreaking achievement of our Firetide MIMO solution," said Bo Larsson, chief executive officer of Firetide. "We have raised the bar for wireless infrastructure mesh networks, and, in so doing, expanded the opportunities for large-scale, municipal wireless networks around the world."
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