Strix Wins Rail Contract

NCTD of San Diego has installed Strix's Access/One Network OWS and IWS to provide real-time mobile communications for its Coaster rail line

May 14, 2007

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CALABASAS, Calif. -- Strix Systems, the leader in high-performance wireless mesh networking, today announced that the North County Transit District (NCTD) of San Diego has installed Strix's Access/One(R) Network Outdoor Wireless Systems(OWS) and Indoor Wireless System (IWS) to provide real-time mobile communications for its Coaster rail line. Consulting firm Datel Systems installed the Coaster network. The second most traveled rail line in the U.S., Coaster rail line in southern California averages 48 passenger trains and two freight trains a day.

"We see railways and transportation as a strategic market for wireless mesh networks, and Strix OWS and IWS fit this market well,"said Nan Chen, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing, Strix Systems. "Customers worldwide realize that Strix OWS has the industry's best architecture for all wireless applications, mobile and stationary. The installation at the Coaster rail line is an excellent example of systems that take full advantage of Strix's performance and mobility."

Coaster uses Strix OWS and IWS to implement mission critical railway applications:

-- Remote video surveillance provides 24x7 monitoring inside the trains and the surrounding track to improve safety and provide evidence should a serious or catastrophic event occur.
-- Secured encrypted transport for railway communications secures stations, tracks, bridges, and tunnels.
-- Completely solar-powered Strix OWS nodes provide 24x7 uptime and emergency backup.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) paid for the Strix OWS/IWS network, which currently extends 10 miles along the Coaster rail line in San Diego.

"Our Coaster rail line runs right through Camp Pendleton, one of the largest Marine Corps bases in the nation," said David Papworth, Chief of Transit Enforcement, North County Transit District of San Diego Police and Public Safety. "Our relationship with Camp Pendleton has been excellent; they understand the role of the NCTD and our wireless network in protecting our infrastructure and they assist us with that. One of the things that intrigued us is that we can use the Strix system to communicate with other agencies. This interoperable communications not only fills the requirements of the County of San Diego but also fills federal and state requirements under the Department of Homeland Security."

Strix Systems Inc.

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