Radionet and Baas WDS (Wireless Data Systems) announced the delivery of a WiFi Hotzone network to the Port of Amsterdam

June 10, 2004

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AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands and ESPOO, Finland -- Leading supplier of Wi-Fi Hotzone technology Radionet, and system integrator Baas WDS (Wireless Data Systems), today announced the delivery of a Wi-Fi Hotzone network to the Port of Amsterdam. Opening in June 2004, the network is owned and operated by the Amsterdam Port Authority (Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Amsterdam). The network covers the whole Port area of the Amsterdam harbour and brings mobile wireless network access to the Port Authority vessels. The network is designed and built by Baas WDS and based on Radionet's Wi-Fi Hotzone technology, which provides seamless mobility and ubiquitous network access everywhere within the coverage zone.

The Port of Amsterdam is the fifth largest port in Europe and an important international logistics intersection. The Port of Amsterdam network is based on Wi-Fi standards and operates on the 2.4 GHz WLAN spectrum, which enables the Port Authority of Amsterdam to use a wide variety of Wi-Fi compliant devices and notebooks computers to access the network in a secure way. The network features 2,4 GHz Wi-Fi technology for end-user access and 5,4 GHz high-speed links for wireless backhaul. The network also features intelligent sectorised antennae, which extend network coverage up to 2000 meters from shore, allowing vessels to freely move in the port area without losing network connection.

"To replace our previous generation narrow-band wireless network, we needed a reliable network that could withstand demanding harbour conditions and provide high speed connections to a wide variety of applications. Wi-Fi technology was an obvious choice for replacement as it supports a multitude of access devices and is cost-effective to deploy. However, the challenges of comprehensive coverage and suitability for outdoor-use needed to be resolved. After looking into the competing alternatives, the Baas WDS / Radionet solution proved to be best choice as it offers seamless mobility, high reliability, secured coverage and the ability to use all standard Wi-Fi clients without any special software," said Fons Maartens, System manager, Amsterdam Port Authority.


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