EZ Wireless selects Proxim WiFi and broadband wireless equipment for country's largest public safety wireless deployment

February 1, 2005

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Proxim Corporation (NASDAQ:PROX) , a global leader in wireless networking equipment for Wi-Fi and broadband wireless networks, today announced that its Tsunami Broadband Wireless Access Systems and ORiNOCO Wireless Access Points have been deployed in one of the country's largest and most innovative regional broadband wireless networks. EZ Wireless, an industry leader in the design and construction of city-wide wireless networks, selected Proxim's solutions for a wireless network that spans nine cities in Northeastern Oregon and Washington State, and brings new public safety and emergency response applications to the region's police, fire and medical first responders.

Spanning multiple counties and covering 700 square miles, the network enables a new generation of public safety and emergency management applications for the region's police, fire, port authority and military operations.

EZ Wireless first designed the network in 2003 to meet the needs of the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in Umatilla, Oregon, which stockpiles and incinerates chemical weapons. The area's small community police forces and other emergency responders were ill-equipped to transmit data. They had disparate voice systems across jurisdictions making it impossible to have any visibility into the locations and movements of dangerous chemical plumes resulting from accidents at the Depot. First responders were unable to track emergency situations adequately, let alone organize critical evacuations.

EZ Wireless solved this problem by designing the Incident Response Information System (IRIS), a Geographical Information System (GIS) application that combines layers of information on key locations throughout the cities served in the region and transmits the data using Proxim's wireless data networks. The system allows emergency responders to view high-resolution satellite images of locations such as government buildings, schools and crops. Using handheld devices, emergency responders can drill down to view maps, GPS data, floor plans and chemical plume locations with dispersion models from the Chemical Weapons Depot. This allows the emergency personnel to respond quickly and effectively to emergency situations such as the accidental release of hazardous materials.

"Unlike many wireless vendors, Proxim has decades of proven wireless expertise. In addition, they were the only vendor who could provide us with both enterprise-class Wi-Fi access points and carrier-class broadband wireless systems," Kincaid commented. "The dual radio architecture, robust functionality including VLAN support, and manageability of the access points were big selling points for us -- as were the reliability and cost efficiencies of the Tsunami systems. Using Proxim's Wi-Fi and broadband wireless products in combination, we were able to build the kind of wireless data network that reliably supports important public safety and emergency response applications."

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