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SONAbeam 155-E Optical Wireless Equipment Delivers Portable Last Mile Solution

Vancouver, Canada – July 21, 2004 - fSONA Communications, producer of the SONAbeam series of optical wireless products, today announced that the Indy Racing League, the nation’s leading open-wheel oval-track racing series, selected the SONAbeam™ 155-E to deliver a portable last-mile solution for their timing and scoring data network.

The IRL chose the SONAbeam™ 155-E because, unlike RF-based wireless solutions, optical wireless technology is capable of delivering the high-bandwidth they required without interference with the IRL’s other communication devices. In addition, the SONAbeam E series is lightweight, compact and very easy to transport and install.

“The SONAbeam is a great product for the IRL,” said Jon Koskey, Director of Timing and Scoring for the Indy Racing League. “At each race, the SONAbeam has performed superbly. Although reliable operation is our top priority, one of the best things has been how easy the SONAbeam is to install. We attended an fSONA training course to get up to speed but the installation process is so easy I can’t believe they even offer training on it.”

The SONAbeam™ 155-E transports vital race data, including race scoring and lap timing information from the scoring tower to the pit cart using the Fast Ethernet protocol at 100 Mbps. This allows each team to see the information in near real-time during pre-race qualifications, practice sessions and race day. At each race, in each city, the units are set up by the team to transport data. The tour will take the SONAbeam™ all over the United States, and even to Japan for the Indy Japan 300.

“We’re very excited about having the Indy Racing League as a customer,” commented Sunny Taylor, Regional Director USA for fSONA. “Obviously, speed is of prime importance to the IRL, and the SONAbeam certainly delivers speed, and not just bandwidth speed but speed of install as well.”



About Indy Racing League:
The INDY RACING LEAGUE, built upon the most famous automobile race in the world, the Indianapolis 500, is now in its ninth season. Its premier series, the IndyCar(R) Series, holds 16 events in 14 of America's top markets. The IndyCar Series races from coast-to-coast during the summer, and also makes one international stop in Japan. The IRL features wheel-to-wheel excitement, generated by 670-horsepower cars and charismatic drivers.



About fSONA
fSONA Systems is recognized as the preferred provider of optical wireless solutions for government, enterprise and service provider markets around the globe. Leveraging leading edge advancements in 1550nm optical transmission, the SONAbeam™ family of systems, based on free-space-optics (FSO), use a globally unlicensed, wireless technology to provide speeds up to 2.5 Gbps over distances up to 7km. For more information visit www.fsona.com or www.free-space-optics.org

Further Information
For more information about fSONA, SONAbeam or Free-Space Optical Wireless, please contact:

604-273-6333
media@fsona.com

fSONA and SONAbeam® are trademarks of fSONA Networks. All other trademarks are properties of their respective companies.