Firetide Unwires Community

EDGEWATER, Md., and LOS GATOS, Calif. -- Firetide, Inc., a leader in wireless mesh networking, together with new partner County Communications (CountyCom) has collaborated with Jireh Technologies, a non-profit social enterprise, to launch a wireless broadband network to the Bay View Hunters Point community in San Francisco. The wireless mesh network was unveiled at San Francisco’s True Hope Church and Learning Center during a special dedication ceremony on Sat., Sept. 10, 2005.

The event supports the city’s TechConnect initiative, which aims to provide low-income communities with high-speed wireless broadband. The Firetide and CountyCom mesh network provided Wi-Fi access and wireless video throughout the center so ceremony organizers could broadcast the event live over the Internet.

"The in-kind contribution adds value to our technology services for the residents of our community,” said Carl Alexander, IT director for Jireh Tech. “The equipment was deployed quickly and the network was very easy to set up. We see it is a great fit for this community’s needs and a wonderful resource for those impacted by the digital divide.”

In addition to the Saturday event, Firetide and CountyCom extended the network to provide Wi-Fi access to tailgating fans at the nearby San Francisco 49ers Monster Park for Sunday’s football game. 49ers owner Dr. John York and members of the team, which sponsor the learning center’s development, also visited the new wireless facility yesterday.

“This deployment marks the first in the partnership between Firetide and CountyCom and we appreciated the opportunity to deploy wireless broadband for a community in need,” said Christopher Woods, Vice President of CountyCom. “We look forward to many other opportunities to grow as a supplier of wireless technology for communities and to provide them with a wide variety of applications.”

Firetide’s HotPort high performance mesh networks provide a high capacity, self-healing wireless mesh backbone for outdoor and indoor networks. The HotPort system was designed for maximum performance, scalability and ease of use and allows standard Ethernet devices to be connected to the mesh, creating secure wireless video, voice and data networks. Firetide mesh networks are ideal for municipalities, universities, hotels, airports, warehouses and other environments where structured wiring or other solutions are too difficult or costly to install.

“The community center deployment marks another prime example of how everyday people can use Firetide’s technology to create mesh networks for mainstream applications,” said Bo Larsson, CEO of Firetide. “Mesh is the perfect technology for citywide applications, where a robust network is needed. Firetide is committed to the community and are pleased to provide these children with a technology that will help elevate learning.”

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