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BelAir Networks and PacketHop Partner to Provide Complementary Wireless Broadband Solutions for First Responders; Wide-Area Wireless Broadband Networks and Mobile Mesh Communication System Providers Announce Joint Marketing Agreement.

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 -- BelAir Networks, Inc., the first company to offer scalable wide-area wireless broadband High-speed wireless transmission of data. What is "high" speed is always a changing number. Wireless systems are typically slower than land-based, wireline networks. In the past, wireless broadband started at 250 Kbps, whereas land-based broadband was generally considered to start at T1  solutions for metro-scale deployments, and PacketHop(TM), Inc., the leader in mobile mesh networking Mobile mesh networking is a way to implement wireless networks using mesh routing protocols. Mobile Mesh devices have the capability of receiving and routing data. Data packets will be transmitted from device to device using several hops.  software and multimedia applications for instant wireless group communication, today announced a strategic partnership. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will co-market their standards-based products in order to provide a complementary wireless broadband solution for police, fire, emergency services emergency services Emergency care '…services …necessary to prevent death or serious impairment of health and, because of the danger to life or health, require the use of the most accessible hospital available and equipped to furnish those services'  and other first responder first responder First response personnel Emergency medicine A person employed in the public sector–EMT, fire fighter, police, volunteer EMS–whose duties include provision of immediate medical care in the event of an emergency; FRs have basic emergency  agencies. This agreement demonstrates that the companies' solutions are purely synergistic synergistic /syn·er·gis·tic/ (sin?er-jis´tik)
1. acting together.

2. enhancing the effect of another force or agent.

 and non-competitive.

The wireless broadband capabilities of the BelAir Networks-PacketHop solution address the mission-critical need for real-time, multimedia communication and collaboration between first responder agencies at incident areas. The companies will co-market BelAir Network's wide-area wireless networking See wireless network.  infrastructure and the PacketHop Communication System - consisting of TrueMesh(TM) networking software This article is written like a personal reflection or and may require .
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 and the Aware(TM) for Public Safety suite of multimedia applications - to offer mobile broadband Description
Mobile Broadband is a type of wireless internet access that differs from Wi-Fi.

Mobile Broadband is the name used to describe the 3G services which are made possible by HSDPA and HSUPA, the latest technologies on the W-CDMA evolutionary path.
 communication on 802.11-enabled devices.

"PacketHop's autonomous mobile mesh networking software and powerful multimedia applications are ideally suited for BelAir's high-bandwidth network," said Bernard Herscovich, president and chief executive officer of BelAir Networks. "We look forward to working with PacketHop to deliver a complementary wireless solution for public safety so that first responders can communicate and respond to crises more effectively."

The PacketHop Communication System works seamlessly with BelAir Network's infrastructure equipment since both wireless systems are standards-based. By themselves, the companies' systems are extremely powerful: the PacketHop Communication System instantly creates wireless broadband networks wherever needed and offers tremendous communication capabilities via its Aware for Public Safety application suite; BelAir Network's infrastructure design delivers high throughput wherever its system is deployed.

"BelAir Networks is known for its high-bandwidth metro networking capabilities," said Michael Howse, president and chief executive officer of PacketHop. "PacketHop's software is unrivaled in its ability to create instant mobile broadband networks and applications for mission-critical communication. Our companies' combined standards-based solution will empower first responders to communicate using wireless-enabled laptops, tablets and PDAs whenever and wherever an incident occurs."

"In any emergency, lives depend on information, and how quickly it can be communicated," said Monica Paolini, founder and president of Senza Fili Consulting. "As a result, dependable, high-speed mobile networks are critical for public safety organizations."

PacketHop Communication System

The PacketHop Communication System is comprised of TrueMesh networking software and the Aware for Public Safety suite of multimedia broadband applications.

TrueMesh networking software easily loads onto 802.11-enabled, standards-based laptops, tablets and PDAs, allowing every device to send, receive and route date and to instantly form autonomous mobile mesh networks A communications network in which there are at least two pathways to each node. If one of the paths fails, the other is still available.

A "fully meshed" network means that every node has a direct connection to every other node, which is a very elaborate and expensive architecture.
 - extended Wi-Fi hot-zones which can securely operate with or without access points. The autonomous mobile mesh network forms immediately and adapts automatically as two or more users come in proximity. The highly scalable network grows and becomes more resilient as additional users enter, move about and depart the area, with no practical limit on the geography covered, number of users or variety of agencies at the scene.

The second component of the PacketHop Communication System is the Aware for Public Safety suite of multimedia applications, which empowers first responders with broadband communication capabilities including real-time multicast video, resource tracking, instant messaging Exchanging text messages in real time between two or more people logged into a particular instant messaging (IM) service. Instant messaging is more interactive than e-mail because messages are sent immediately, whereas e-mail messages can be queued up in a mail server for seconds or  and whiteboarding.

The BelAir Networks Family of Products

BelAir Networks currently markets three wireless networking products; the single radio BelAir 50c wireless mesh See wireless mesh network.  cluster node, the dual-radio BelAir100 wireless multi-service node and the four-radio BelAir200 wireless multi-service switch router See layer 3 switch. .

All BelAir deployments can be centrally managed and monitored by the BelAir BelView Network Management System (NMS See NetWare Management System. ), a comprehensive software package that allows network operators to easily configure, monitor and manage a complete network built with any combination of BelAir infrastructure products. The BelAir50c, the BelAir100, the BelAir200 and the BelAir BelView NMS combine to form the most comprehensive product family in the industry

BelAir's products are focused on wide-area Wi-Fi today, but the unique multi-radio wireless backhaul mesh architecture can also be applied to other wireless technologies such as WiMAX and cellular.

About PacketHop

PacketHop, Inc. develops mobile mesh networking software and multimedia applications which enable instant wireless group communications for commercial enterprises, government organizations and consumer markets. PacketHop Communication System software enables 802.11 standards-based devices to create extended Wi-Fi hot-zones on the fly - known as autonomous mobile mesh networks - which can securely operate with or without access points. By making infrastructure completely optional, PacketHop delivers coverage wherever and whenever instant wireless broadband communications are needed - with greater resiliency, reliability and robustness than any other comparable technology. Along with the company's device agnostic ag·nos·tic  
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 mobile mesh networking solution that enables rapid and cost-effective deployments, PacketHop offers the Aware(TM) for Public Safety suite of multimedia applications, including real-time multicast video, resource tracking, instant messaging and whiteboarding. Founded in 2003 and based in Silicon Valley, Calif., PacketHop is funded by venture firms U.S. Venture Partners, Mayfield, ComVentures and GF Equity Partners. For more information on PacketHop, please visit

About BelAir Networks

BelAir Networks is the first company to offer scalable, wide-area wireless broadband solutions with the highest quality for data, voice and video. BelAir's wireless networking solutions are built on the only multi-service architecture for wide-area wireless broadband deployments of Wi-Fi, WiMAX, and 3G Cellular networks. Built specifically for outdoor deployments, BelAir Networks' solution delivers the lowest cost per user and deploys in days, blending into the physical infrastructure of downtown business districts, hotels and resorts, and college campuses. Founded in 2001, BelAir Networks is a privately held company privately held company

A firm whose shares are held within a relatively small circle of owners and are not traded publicly.
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PacketHop Aware, PacketHop Communication System and PacketHop TrueMesh are trademarks of PacketHop, Inc. The names of other companies and their products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
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