fSONA Powers Kuwait Network

Smartlink Telecom and Advance Technologies Company deploy fSONA wireless network throughout Kuwait City for the Ministry of Health

August 2, 2005

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MCLEAN, Va. -- fSONA Systems, the premiere provider of optical wireless systems, today announced that Smartlink Telecom in strategic alliance with Advance Technologies Company (ATC) are deploying a city wide high capacity wireless network throughout Kuwait City for the Ministry of Health (MOH).

The SONAbeam optical wireless network will transport critical hospital data as well as files generated by CAT scans (Computerized Axial Tomography) from specialized clinics across the city and hospital campus sites. CAT scan images are made up of a series of X-ray ?slices? and each can range from 8 -12 MB in size. This hospital processes several thousand of these images every week and one of the challenges is that the images cannot be compressed as compression can obscure vital patient data, and this in turn presents challenges with respect to high capacity data transport needed from one building to another, especially across a major city.

"At the present time the hospital would transfer the images to a compact disc (CD) and courier the images from the clinic to the main hospital," said Mazen Khatib General Manager for Smartlink Telecom. "fSONA and Smartlink Engineering met with the hospital IT department and, after doing an assessment of their overall requirements, it was quickly discovered that a point to point Radio solution that had already been proposed to them was going to creak at the seams with the sheer bandwidth overload, the only real solution was to utilize Free Space Optic technology for short to mid range applications, together with very high capacity IP licensed Microwave for the long haul segments of the network. With this network the hospital will save a critical amount of time with every transfer."

"Over the past three years Carl Cag of fSONA has become an integral part of the Smartlink Telecom team, and we are now proudly approaching our third year as an fSONA strategic partner," commented Khatib. "This medical network is cutting new ground within the Middle East, it is now delivering 40 times more full duplex capacity across the city than the initial radio LAN proposal for a similar cost. Having dealt with several wireless vendors it is clear that the strength within fSONA is not only in its unique carrier class transmission products, but within its people, and in this part of the world, people make all the difference."

"SONAbeam products are ideal for meeting the needs of healthcare networks," commented Sunny Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of fSONA. "To reap the benefits that today's healthcare applications offer requires a high-speed communications networks to support them. SONAbeam technology offers very high-speed optical wireless networking that is extremely secure and never compromises the privacy of health records."

fSona Communications Corp.

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