Parvus Introduces Next-Generation 802.11 Wi-Fi Hotspot Solution for Public Bus and Private Coach Operators: RiderNet3 Enables Public Transportation Customers to Surf the Web from Their Seats on the Bus

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Parvus Corporation today introduced RiderNet3 ("RiderNet(TM) cubed"), a next-generation mobile high-speed Internet access solution for mass transit. Public transit authorities and private coach operators can now provide business commuters and other passengers a reliable wireless connection to check email and visit websites at broadband speeds from the convenience of their seats on the bus.

In today's 'connected' world, Internet access onboard rapid transit and express bus routes is becoming more commonplace for the business professional, student, or anyone who wants to convert his or her commute into productive time

    "In today's 'connected' world, Internet access onboard rapid transit and express bus routes is becoming more commonplace for the business professional, student, or anyone who wants to convert his or her commute into productive time," said Parvus' Director of Transportation Programs, Andrew Hunt. "Passengers surveyed by transit authorities clearly indicate that this amenity is a major motivation for them to keep riding the bus. RiderNet3 gives transit operators an affordable, reliable way to equip their fleet with Wi-Fi to retain valuable customers and increase ridership."

Parvus' third-generation transit Wi-Fi(R) solution, RiderNet3, provides a turn-key solution that bundles all needed equipment (router, modem, antennas, cabling) and managed services, including cellular airtime, technical support, remote system monitoring, 1-800 user phone support service, usage reporting and content filtering. Users can easily check email, visit websites, and use VPN connections at broadband speeds (averaging 400-700kbps) from any Wi-Fi-enabled laptop or PDA.

Especially suited for the harsh bus environment, RiderNet3 incorporates a rugged hardware design that eliminates the use of less-reliable consumer cellular Aircards(R). A host of standard and optional services are bundled with the RiderNet3 hardware to simplify installation, maintenance, and management, as well as minimize operators' total cost of ownership. RiderNet product deployments are managed by Parvus through standard monthly service agreements. From its Network Operations Center in Salt Lake City, Parvus monitors and tracks all fielded systems as well as performs top-level troubleshooting.

STANDARD FEATURES:

-- Vehicle-grade wireless access point router with integrated broadband modem

-- High-gain vehicle antennas for EV-DO cellular backhaul, 802.11, and GPS tracking

-- Ignition sensing (12 or 24vdc systems)

-- System keep-alive software to maximize connectivity

-- Remote monitoring services and systems maintenance

-- 12 Channel GPS tracking (integrated with Google maps)

-- Web-based historical and real-time usage reporting

ADVANCED FEATURES:

-- Content filtering (for pornography/objectionable content)

-- 1-800 number for passenger support

-- Installation and Training Services

-- Custom Splash Pages: Walled garden capability for branding and surveys

-- Priority Ethernet Port for On-Board Systems

-- VPN/802.11 Support for Data Transfer to HQ Database

RiderNet and other Parvus products can be found at a variety of public transit authorities nationwide, including Foothill Transit, Monterey-Salinas Transit, New York Metropolitan Transportation Agency, and New Jersey Transit Authority, among others. Parvus is part of the Eurotech Group, which has a long history in the traffic and public transportation field, providing vehicle communication, location tracking, and video surveillance systems, as well as mobile internet access points and passenger counting devices.

ABOUT PARVUS

Parvus is a leading provider of rugged hardware platforms to the transportation, military, homeland security and medical device industries. We specialize in rugged mobile networking solutions, displays, and embedded computer technologies for demanding real world applications. Parvus was founded in 1983 and is the US arm of the Eurotech Group, a world leader in pervasive computing with operations across Europe, North America and Asia. For more information, visit http://www.parvus.com.

Parvus and RiderNet are trademarks of Parvus Corporation. All others are property of their respective owners.

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