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Bridgewater Supports Windows

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BOSTON -- Bridgewater Systems, a provider of dynamic IP and data service fulfillment and assurance solutions, today announced at the 802.11 Planet Conference a Microsoft Windows version of its Wi-Fi Service Manager product, which helps carriers offer managed Wireless LAN (WLAN) services for enterprises in a profitable manner.

Wi-Fi Service Manager enables carriers to centrally monitor and manage thousands of enterprise sites, while providing secure, controlled access to enterprise WLANs for employees and visitors. Wi-Fi Service Manager minimizes on-site visits and service calls through remote configuration and proactive fault management. It integrates with carriers' customer care and billing systems. And it extends self-care capabilities such as user administration to enterprises so they gain a degree of control over their services while further reducing carriers' operational costs.

Small and midsize enterprises typically lack IT resources to deploy and maintain WLANs. In addition, they often experience security problems when opening up WLANs to individuals outside their company. Using Wi-Fi Service Manager, carriers can offer profitable and securely managed WLAN service to enterprises at a reasonable price.

Bridgewater Systems offers both Sun Solaris™ and Microsoft Windows "carrier-grade" versions of Wi-Fi Service Manager to meet the diverse needs of carriers and enterprise customers.

"We evaluated moving Wi-Fi Service Manager to several platforms and found that Microsoft Windows was the best choice for enterprise use," said Russ Freen, chief technology officer, Bridgewater Systems. "Microsoft Windows has gained market respect for its low operating costs, high reliability and widespread use. So it is no surprise that we have strong carrier demand for a Microsoft Windows version of Wi-Fi Service Manager to leverage enterprise customers' current technology investments and increase service provider profitability. Moreover, by developing Wi-Fi Service Manager for Windows in conjunction with Microsoft, we are ensuring that we can fully support the product even as Microsoft's technology evolves."

"We are excited to see Bridgewater Systems developing its Wi-Fi Service Manager product on the Microsoft Windows platform," said Richard Cantin, Director of Network Service Providers, Microsoft Canada Co. "As a participant in the Microsoft Empower Program for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), Bridgewater Systems has taken the first step to becoming a Microsoft Certified Partner."

Bridgewater Systems Corp.

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