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
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.
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
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