Monterey, CA (PRWEB) February 14, 2013
Firetide, Inc., the leading provider of high-performance wireless infrastructure mesh networks, today announced that they have partnered with California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) to deploy an outdoor mesh infrastructure testing environment to conduct research on the performance of various Firetide solutions. This project will utilize students and faculty of the university’s Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) department working in collaboration with Firetide’s engineering team to conduct a variety of experiments on their cutting edge mesh products.
Throughout their education at CSUMB, students gain a strong grounding in fundamentals with many opportunities to apply what they have learned in real-world situations through class projects and a senior year capstone. The capstone program requires each student to complete a significant project for an external client during their senior year. This provides students with professional-level, hands-on work experience while the clients benefit from the students’ research and contributions to the projects.
“Every capstone project is focused on bringing the community and CSUMB students together to work towards a common goal,” said Dr. Sathya Narayanan, director of CSUMB’s computer science and information technology program. “The ability to work directly with local industry, especially leading-edge companies like Firetide that are located in the heart of Silicon Valley, not only provides our students with relevant hands-on experience, but also access to some of the best technologies and brightest thought leaders in the industry.”
The university’s CSIT course curriculum and required capstone project provides students with a unique blend of theory, hands-on experience, and real-world application that make this program ideal for students interested in pursuing careers in computer science and information technology. Now, working in conjunction with Los Gatos, CA based Firetide, senior-class students of the CSIT program have direct access to a fully functional Firetide wireless infrastructure mesh network they can use to complete their capstone projects. Students will conduct research on the Firetide wireless mesh network to run experiments on a variety of voice, video and data mobility applications in vehicles moving at different speeds. The students also get to work with Firetide’s engineering team who provide them with ongoing expert guidance and training.
“Here we are, in our senior year of undergrad, not only reading textbooks and doing simulations in the classroom lab. We are out in the field, working with state-of-the art equipment, interacting with experienced engineers. This is an invaluable opportunity and we’re very excited about it,” said Vishaal Sharma and Jason Zandona, computer science and information technology students.
Firetide’s wireless mobility test track is located along the side of a 1 ½ mile stretch of public road located on CSUMB land. The network is comprised of Firetide’s high-performance HotPort 7020 wireless mesh nodes which are mounted on street light poles 50 feet above the ground, FMC 2000 mobility controller, and HotView Pro network management software that provides centralized management and control of the wireless mesh nodes.
“This is not your typical university lab setting that has multiple students working in classrooms with outdated technologies they may never use again,” said Duane Zitzner, chief executive officer of Firetide. “The network at CSUMB presents students with a unique opportunity to work with new, state-of-the-art outdoor wireless mesh infrastructure networks that have been successfully deployed for mission-critical public safety, emergency response and transportation mobility applications across the globe.”
About Firetide Inc.
Firetide is the leading provider of wireless infrastructure mesh networks that enable concurrent video, voice, and data applications for municipal, public safety, government, transportation and industrial customers worldwide. Firetide is unmatched in providing reliable, high-performance wireless infrastructure mesh and access solutions for video surveillance, Internet access, public safety 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 thousands of customers in more than 40 countries across the globe. For more information about the company check out http://www.firetide.com and follow us on twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/firetide).
Founded in 1995 on the former site of Fort Ord by educators and community leaders, Cal State Monterey Bay faculty and staff explore innovative ways to meet the needs of a new generation of students while simultaneously powering the Monterey County economy. Cal State Monterey Bay provides more than 5,500 students an extraordinary opportunity to learn on a residential campus just one mile from the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. Our diverse student body receives personal attention in small classes while pursing degrees in 23 undergraduate and eight graduate majors. For more information about CSUMB please visit our website at http://csumb.edu/.