|[March 04, 2013]
Firetide Delivers World's First Permanent Outdoor Wireless Mobility Test Track Dedicated to Testing and Developing New Mobile Communications Infrastructures
LOS GATOS, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Inc., the leading provider of high-performance wireless
infrastructure mesh networks, today announced that they have designed
and installed the world's first permanent outdoor wireless mesh
networking facility dedicated to the research, development, and testing
of new mobile communications infrastructures. The Firetide (News - Alert) Mobility Test
Track (FMTT) includes a wireless mesh network operating as a high-speed
backhaul for the entire facility plus a separate wireless mesh network
for testing a variety of mobile infrastructure designs and concepts for
mass transportation, industrial transport systems, and public safety
The FMTT is part of an industry and academic partnership between
California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) and Firetide in which
the university granted Firetide the rights to deploy the FMTT on
university land; and in return, Firetide provides the university's
Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) students access to
the wireless test track to conduct research and perform specifically
assigned testing projects. They also receive expert training and
mentoring from Firetide's engineering staff.
The on-campus FMTT provides students working to complete their required
senior capstone projects with a unique, hands-on opportunity to work on
a state-of-the-art wireless mesh infrastructure using technology that
has been successfully deployed in public safety and transportation
applications across the globe.
Unique Mobility Test Track
The 1.5 mile long test track is located at CSUMB on a public two-way
road that is easily accessible and capable of supporting and testing
vehicles moving at high speeds. The FMTT consists of 22 Firetide HotPort
7020 wireless mesh nodes mounted on 11 existing street light poles
located 200 meters apart from each other.
The FMTT includes two parallel 11-node wireless mesh network that span
the length of the track. One mesh network acts as a dedicated high-speed
backhaul for the entire test facility and is responsible for relaying
testing data back to the command center located a few blocks away. The
second mesh network provides connectivity for a wide variety of moving
vehicles and is capable of supporting a full range of test scenarios and
custom mobility configurations.
All mesh nodes work in concert with Firetide's HotView
Pro network management software and Firetide's award-winning Mobility
Controller. With the Firetide Mobility Controller, Ethernet enabled
devices such as network video cameras, Wi-Fi access points, RFID
readers, and laptop computers can maintain network connectivity while
traveling at high speeds with seamless roaming across multiple HotPort
mesh networks and IP domains.
Examples of mobility testing that can be conducted at the FMTT include:
General mobility testing for free roaming vehicles such as police
cars, buses, and emergency response vehicles
Linear mobility testing for fixed route and fixed rail vehicles such
as subways and trains
Mobile link redundancy testing
Intramesh and intermesh mobility testing
Interoperability testing among multi-generation mobile mesh nodes
Antenna qualification testing
"The test track in Monterey is yet another example of how Firetide
continues to innovate and deliver services and solutions the market
demands," said Duane Zitzner, chief executive officer of Firetide. "With
the newly opened mobility testing facility we have turned the difficult
and expensive task of conducting mobile communication infrastructure
testing and design into an affordable and easily repeatable process
within a tightly-controlled outdoor environment."
Open For Testing and Live Demonstrations
The FMTT is now open for individualized proof-of-concept and performance
testing of custom mobility infrastructure designs and configurations.
Please contact your Firetide sales representative for more information
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tours and live demonstrations of the FMTT are also available for parties
interested in seeing this unique network first-hand and for gathering
information on a variety of possible testing scenarios and methodologies
that will benefit the development of new wireless mobility projects. To
arrange a private tour and live demonstration of the FMTT, please email
your request to email@example.com.
More information is also available on the Firetide web site www.firetide.com/fmtt.aspx.
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
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