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Invisi-Wire selects Strix Systems for the country's largest multi-city, multi-use WiFi mesh deployment
June 14, 2005
CALABASAS, Calif. -- Strix Systems, the leader in high-performance wireless mesh networking, today announced that Invisi-Wire Broadband Networks has selected Strix to provide the wireless mesh infrastructure for its deployment in the cities of Ruston, Grambling, Vienna, and Choudrant, Louisiana. In the first stage of the deployment, Invisi-Wire will cover over 70 square miles using Strix's multi-radio, multi-channel, and multi-RF Access/One Network Outdoor Wireless System (OWS) to provide high-performance broadband data and voice services to over 35,000 homes as well as the campuses of Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University, which house an additional 17,000 students. Invisi-Wire selected Strix for the deployment after testing competitive solutions and realizing that a single-radio architecture could not provide the level of performance or scalability needed to continue to grow the multi-use network.
"We certainly did our due diligence when evaluating products for this deployment," said Matthew Jones, CEO of Invisi-Wire. "We spent two years reviewing competitive products, but once Strix announced their OWS, we immediately decided to test it. The results were very eye-opening. It was clear that, for the size of the deployment we envisioned and with the need to scale to offer more coverage and services in the future, Strix's multi-radio architecture was the only solution that could offer the level of performance needed."
While other cities have announced their intent to deploy city-wide WiFi networks or have announced partial deployments, the four-city Strix deployment will be the first fully operational rural multi-city deployment in the country when Invisi-Wire begins offering service later this month. Invisi-Wire, co-founded by Matthew Jones and Shelby Spurlock, currently has plans to extend the network, as phase two of the deployment will cover the remainder of Louisiana's Lincoln Parish and will provide separate, secure public safety networks for all cities covered. Phase three of the deployment will expand throughout Northern Louisiana, extending the size of the nation's largest multi-use, multi-city network. Strix's multi-radio approach ensures the highest throughput and lowest latency over multiple hops, ensuring the highest performance for data and voice applications over the mesh while enabling easy and cost-effective future network expansion.
"Invisi-Wire's selection of the Strix OWS system for this large, multi-city network makes complete sense given their strategy to expand and scale the network across multiple cities in the future," said Cyrus Irani, vice president of marketing and strategy at Strix Systems. "As soon as Invisi-Wire agreed to put the Strix equipment into a competitive test bed, we knew we'd win the deployment. No single or dual-radio architecture could scale in order to meet the future network demands that this deployment will face, and they could not provide the level of performance needed to ensure customer satisfaction. Strix's multi-radio approach is the only solution that can provide the high-performance needed to deploy data, voice, and public safety networks on one system."
Strix Systems Inc.
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