Firetide Unifies Its Infrastructure Mesh Product Line; Delivers Flexible Capacity Options

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“Pay-as-you-go” approach offers convenient upgrade paths and investment protection

HotPort 7000 Outdoor Mesh Node

Ability to build out capacity on as-needed basis makes wireless infrastructure an easier sell. Upgrade options now built into the HotPort 7000 product line will enable our reseller partners to cost-justify the investment to end-customers.

Firetide, Inc., the leading provider of wireless infrastructure mesh networks, today announced that its HotPort® 7000 wireless infrastructure mesh product line has now absorbed the HotPort 6000 product line, delivering a single form factor for both. Until now, HotPort 7000 product line was only available in MIMO 802.11n version. With the merging of the two product lines, customers can now select to purchase 802.11a/b/g single-radio capabilities, and later upgrade to dual-radio, MIMO capacity or both, all through software licenses.

“Pay-as-you-go” Approach Offers Convenient Upgrade Paths and Investment Protection Projects that do not require MIMO 802.11 capacity or dual-radio capability can start with 802.11a/b/g-enabled single-radio configuration, and corresponding prices. If dual-radio functionality is required (for multi-hop networks, or to increase capacity in a point-to-point design), it can easily be enabled through a software license at an additional cost. Similarly, a separate software license can enable MIMO functionality for operation in 40 MHz channels, and to take advantage of 802.11n technology to achieve higher throughput.

“We designed the HotPort platform to be an alternative to fiber deployments, with flexibility and cost reduction inherent in wireless technology,” Bo Larsson, chief executive officer of Firetide. “These new capabilities have significant implications for many customers in municipal, public safety, transportation, and industrial markets that we target. Flexible performance and investment protection means that they can roll out their networks without 100% reliance on fiber, and without delays or funding concerns associated with building out an extensive fiber infrastructure.”

More Value Across All Options in the Product Line

While the “HotPort 6000 equivalent” version of HotPort 7000 product comes at the same price points as the HotPort 6000 product, Firetide integrated HotPort 7000 platform features into all of the iterations of the platform, including:

  • Reliability-enhancing capabilities: built-in interference mitigation; intelligent routing; end-to-end QoS on a per-flow basis
  • Deployment tools: integrated spectrum analysis; network capacity planning and antenna alignment tools
  • Flexibility: dual configurable radios in 2.4, 4.9 (U.S. public safety licensed band) and 5 GHz frequency bands; indoor and outdoor models.

“Ability to build out capacity on as-needed basis makes wireless infrastructure an easier sell,” continued Larsson. “Upgrade options now built into the HotPort 7000 product line will enable our reseller partners to cost-justify the investment to end-customers. They will be able to expand the network’s capacity and add new applications down the road, when additional funds are available or new departments come on board.”

New options within the Firetide HotPort 7000 product line will be available in June 2010. With the merging of the two mesh product lines, HotPort 6000 and HotPort 7000, customers planning to purchase HotPort 6000 mesh nodes for fixed deployments will be encouraged to opt for the new, equivalent mesh nodes within HotPort 7000 product line. However, HotPort 6000 will be available for infrastructure mobility deployments until Q4 of 2010, when infrastructure mobility is supported on the HotPort 7000 mesh nodes.

About Firetide Inc.
Firetide is the leading provider of wireless infrastructure mesh networks that enable concurrent video, voice, and data for municipal, public safety, and industrial applications. Firetide provides reliable high performance wireless infrastructure mesh and access solutions for video surveillance, Internet access, public safety networks and temporary networks wherever rapid deployment, mobility and ease of installation are required. Headquartered in Los Gatos, Calif., Firetide is a privately held company with worldwide product distribution. http://www.firetide.com

Media Contacts:
Scott Green
CLS Communications, Inc.
1-650-679-9044

Ksenia Coffman
Firetide
1-408-317-8985

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