General Dynamics to provide Secure Wireless Network with Support from fSONA
McLean, VA - June 19, 2006 - fSONA Systems, a leader in optical wireless technology,
has announced receipt of its first order as part of the contract awarded to General
Dynamics Network Systems to provide a secure voice and data wireless network for the
U.S. Army at the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) in Hawaii.
fSONA participated in multiple demonstrations during the Pohakuloa pilot, a two month
period in which multiple wireless technologies were tested and evaluated, and
consistently received high marks for its ability to provide reliable gigabit speed
connectivity. The fact that Pohakuloa is built on a huge volcano bed posed no problem
to fSONA's SONAabeam free space optic (FSO) technology because it transmits
invisible light beams through the atmosphere to provide broadband communications.
Providing all the inherent advantages of optical fiber connectivity, while leveraging the
flexibility of a wireless connection, SONAbeam provides the ability to deploy
broadband solutions, on a global basis, without any frequency licensing issues, RF
congestion or latency issues that may limit the addressable applications.
The General Dynamics solution at Pohakuloa will be the first campus-wide wireless
networks installed for the Army.
“Pohakuloa joins a growing list of SONAbeam military deployments”, said Sunny Taylor,
President and Chief Executive Officer for fSONA. “It is, however, an especially
significant achievement to be part of this technology application as it can be applied
elsewhere within the Army's network infrastructure known as LandWarNet.”
The contract was competitively awarded under the Army's Installation Information
Infrastructure Program (I3MP), the Army's multi-year initiative to upgrade all of its
installations worldwide, providing greater bandwidth to address increasing demands for
voice, video and data services.
About General Dynamics Network Systems
General Dynamics Network Systems is a world-class information technology (IT) architect and systems integrator of converged voice, video and data networks that are secure, scalable, survivable and interoperable. Our dedicated professionals design, build, integrate, and operate enterprise and wireless networks for government and
commercial customers worldwide. More information can be found at http://www.gd-ns.com
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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