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Firetide Ships Software for Multi-Service Wireless Networks in Support of Emerging Applications

Mesh Developer enhances performance and security with Software Version 3.3

LOS GATOS, Calif., Aug. 1 / - Firetide Inc., leading developer of wireless multi-service mesh networks, today announced that it is currently shipping software that expands system support of simultaneous video, voice, and data applications over a wireless mesh infrastructure. The new software includes significant enhancements which enable network providers to deploy multiple devices and applications over a wireless mesh with the reliability and security they would expect over a wired network.

In order to provide customers the best solution for VoIP, video surveillance and Wi-Fi over mesh, Firetide has included the following features and capabilities to support a growing number of applications:

o Performance: The Firetide mesh now features flow-based routing for up
to 32 Mbps throughput. A comprehensive set of new bandwidth metrics,
including link quality and capacity, link type, and hop count enable
flexible management and intelligent routing decisions. Other
performance enhancements to ensure consistent service include load
balancing, static routes, and broadcast containment.
o Quality of Service: Expanded QoS and prioritization, including Layer 2
802.1p, optimize the network for multi-service offerings including
latency sensitive voice and video applications.
o Network Security: In addition to its existing encryption, packet
encapsulation and filtering features, Firetide has added WPA2
encryption, digital certificates, firmware signatures and expanded
password protection for multi-layer enterprise-class security.
o Mobility: Mobile mesh nodes can now roam seamlessly throughout a
Firetide mesh with zero-packet loss and zero-handoff delay.

Firetide's new 3.3 software, coupled with the HotView Pro 3.3 management tool, provides a flexible, secure and easy to manage network - regardless of scale and size. Beta customers such as North American Midway, AdSpace Networks and Rockford Housing Authority have tested Firetide's wireless mesh with the new software offering:

o Rockford Housing Authority in Rockford, Illinois uses Firetide's mesh
with HotView Pro 3.3 software for wireless video surveillance in high-
crime areas. The network cameras have already provided significant
decreases in criminal activity for the community.
o North American Midway, a company that specializes in traveling
amusement parks utilizes Firetide's mesh with 3.3 software as a park-
wide network for wireless ticket sales.
o AdSpace Networks adopted Firetide's mesh with 3.3 software for
audio/video digital advertising networks deployed in shopping malls in
Chicago and Connecticut.

"We are continually setting up the network in new towns with unknown conditions," said John Gallant, IT manager for North American Midway. "Version 3.3 has made our system a lot faster in addition to being extremely reliable. The new software has a link elimination feature that allows me to tweak and tune the Firetide network to achieve peak throughput in crowded RF environments."

"What our customers need and are now looking for is something beyond basic Wi-Fi data mesh networks," said Firetide CEO Bo Larsson. "They need secure, flexible, wireless solutions that are easy to install and manage and work with even more demanding applications such as high speed video and voice over IP."

Version 3.3 is now included with all new Firetide mesh networks and is also available for downloading as a free upgrade to existing customers.

About Firetide Inc.

Firetide is a privately held wireless mesh technology company that develops equipment for deploying high performance, scalable wireless mesh networks quickly, easily and affordably. Firetide's multi-service mesh networking solution is ideal for building a backbone infrastructure for video surveillance, Internet access HotZones, public safety networks and temporary networks in a variety of environments such as, airports, hotels, campus environments or other locations where wiring is too difficult or expensive to install. For more information, visit

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