Scientel Meshes in Buffalo

Scientel will build and deploy a MeshNetworks' mobile wireless system for the city of Buffalo

August 26, 2004

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LOMBARD, Ill. -- Scientel America Inc. today announced that it will build and deploy a mobile wireless mesh network for the City of Buffalo, MN, which will result in greater efficiency, cost savings and enhanced community service. Located about 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul, the City of Buffalo is a rapidly growing community with over 13,000 people.

"Just keeping the lights on is no longer an option. Our goal in such a growing community is to improve on existing service levels and be more responsive to citizens," said Fred Naaktgeboren, Mayor, City of Buffalo. "Collaboration among residents, business, City personnel and departments is key to accomplishing our goals. This wireless system, along with the applications we run over the system, will help us do that."

Implementing a mobile wireless mesh network will enable the City to automate the data entry process and increase the time city workers spend in the community. The high-speed wireless connectivity will reduce trips back to headquarters needed to submit reports and retrieve required files. The City estimates that the engineering department could save approximately fifteen hours per month in time. The estimated timesavings for the street/park department are approximately ten hours per month.

It is anticipated that the police department can save at least 50 percent of the time spent on data entry by automating the process and implementing the mobile wireless system technology. This would result in improved city services, while decreasing per project costs.

Implementation of the network is expected to begin in September 2004, and the network will be fully operational before the end of the year. "We evaluated several vendors and selected Scientel America because they had considerable experience in dealing with fixed and mobile wireless environments, and offered the most complete solution including wireless coverage, greatest security and flexibility," said Fred Naaktgeboren, Mayor, City of Buffalo. "Scientel America offered the best mobile wireless solution that I have seen to address the needs of public safety and city governments."

The network will consist of a MeshNetworks Enabled Architecture (MEA(R)) solution, which will provide the network coverage, throughput and management system, and NetMotion Wireless Mobility XE to provide the security and Policy Management.

MEA wireless devices are strategically placed throughout the city to ensure sufficient coverage, and network throughput. Unlike competing technologies, the MEA network also offers 3-D position, location and tracking capabilities without the use of GPS Satellites. Its ability to support high-speed handoffs between access points enables seamless broadband connectivity at speeds of over 100mph throughout the city. Self-forming, self-healing wireless routing eliminates single points of failure and provides first responders with multiple connection paths. Should one connection fail, redirection of data, voice and video across the network occurs immediately and automatically.

NetMotion Wireless Mobility XE will provide the security for access to confidential data from national and state crime information databases as well as local city databases. NetMotion Mobility enhances security by providing security levels with government-strength, standards-based authentication, including support for RADIUS, Active Directory, as well as VPN-level encryption with AES, 3DES, or DES.

Scientel America Inc.

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