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Craven County, North Carolina selects WindChannel for wireless implementation

June 5, 2008

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ATLANTA -- WindChannel Communications announces that it has been selected by Craven County, N.C. for design, implementation and support of its wireless mesh network. Craven County, whose county seat is the historic City of New Bern on the majestic Neuse River along North Carolina's coast, has a population of approximately 95,000.

The wireless mesh project will initially provide connectivity to five schools located in rural areas throughout the County and will provide first responder capabilities to law enforcement, fire and rescue at many hot-spot locations. The wireless will also provide redundancy to over 60 miles of newly installed fiber optic cable that connects 23 schools in the Craven County School system, the Craven Community College main and secondary campuses, plus the majority of buildings and facilities for the local governments of Craven County, the City of New Bern and the City of Havelock. Long range, the wireless network could provide primary service for municipal locations that were not connected to the initial county fiber installation, like libraries, EMS sites and Voluntary Fire Departments.

"Due to the geography and access, not all Craven County locations could be connected to fiber at the onset of the fiber project, which unfortunately included a few schools, all the fire departments, EMS departments and public libraries," said Dennis B. Holton, Director of Craven County Information Technology. "With the implementation of this new municipal wireless network, the county is able to now connect these locations to the benefits of our fiber network and create the wireless mesh that will serve as our backup network and access for mobile staff. In our case, rather than competing technologies, we believe fiber and wireless to be highly complementary technologies working together in our design. Fiber provides our core infrastructure, and wireless fills in our gaps and provides us with high speed redundancy and the ability to reach out to other entities at much lower costs."

WindChannel Communications

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