Virginia County Deploys Wireless Network to Support Emergency Management and Event Response Teams

— January 10, 2007

Arlington County, Virginia, has deployed Proxim's Tsunami MP.11 5054R and 2454R products in special mobile command vehicles and at the county's command center to support emergency management personnel and first responders in the field. Proxim Tsunami enables municipalities and service providers to increase productivity, cut network costs and create new business opportunities through broadband wireless networking.

Located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the 26 square-mile Arlington County is the smallest geographically in the United States. The highly-urbanized county, however, faces unique challenges because it hosts Reagan National Airport and is home to the Pentagon, several universities and 30 or more high profile Federal agencies. These high-profile institutions make the county a prime target for terrorist incidents, as well as being a venue for hundreds of special events and public gatherings each year. Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the county has sought out ways to increase immediate emergency response capabilities, since then deploying three mobile command vehicles - one fire, one police and the other known as the Emergency Technology Support Unit (ETSU), designed to support emergency workers and first responders' technology needs during emergencies.

"We can't control where emergencies happen, and we wanted to develop a quicker response to deploying connections back into county resources," said David Jordan, Chief Information Security Officer, Dept. of Technology Services, Arlington County Government. "So we equipped our mobile command vehicles with Proxim MP.11 subscriber stations and directional antennas. Once a vehicle is in position, we are able to wirelessly connect to a Proxim base station located in the county command center, providing emergency personnel with access to critical information and resources, and ensuring timely and reliable communication and information exchange."

The Proxim Tsunami MP.11 is a field-proven point-to-multipoint product line including ruggedized base stations, indoor and outdoor subscriber units and accessories. It has enabled municipalities and service providers to bridge the digital divide, increase productivity, cut network costs and create new business opportunities - all through advanced broadband wireless networking. Operating in 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, this OFDM product offers WiMAX Quality of Service (QoS) for voice, video and data applications; roaming with seamless handoffs at speeds up to 200 km/hour for mobility and consumer-in-motion applications; "listen before talk" using CSMA/CA; dynamic frequency selection (DFS), which has already received EN 301-893 v1.3.1 certification; state-of-the-art security including AES encryption; and extended range.

"The County of Arlington is known throughout the United States as one of the premier users and early adopters of technology," said Geoff Smith, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Proxim Wireless. "Their application of wireless technology using our Tsunami MP.11 product family is yet another example of their innovative approach to solving problems using the best the technology industry has to offer. We are honored to be their partner in deploying wireless solutions that help accelerate emergency response times and safeguard people and property."

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