SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - March 3rd, 2001 - Despite heavy wind
and rain for nearly a week, fSONA Communications set a new
standard for flawless, 100-megabit-per-second transmission
during a live demonstration of its optical wireless
During a first-of-its-kind live demo at the prestigious
"Broadband Worldwide Wireless Forum," the
company's SONAbeam transceivers transmitted a variety
of multimedia applications at the same time without
generating a single bit-error.
"We are excited by the results, but not really
surprised," said Leigh McBain, director of Field
Engineering. "Our system performed exactly as expected
and designed. Still it's nice to know all our development
work has paid off."
In a single business day, the company installed a
155-megabit optical wireless transceiver on the roof of the
Moscone Exhibition Center, and aligned it with a second unit
installed in a 26th floor hotel suite over a half mile
Transmitting through a hotel window on one end - and through
inclement weather conditions for five days from February
16-20 - fSONA's optical wireless link performed perfectly.
It transmitted 8 mbps of streaming video, 30 mbps of server
downloads, a 25 mbps full-duplex packet generation, and 756
kbps full-duplex video conferencing all at the same time
without a single dropped packet.
"We opened and closed the sliding window at the hotel
several times," noted McBain, "and still our
aggregate error count was zero. Not even heavy mist
interfered with the link."
fSONA has engineered its first product offering for optimal
performance over distances up to two kilometers. Later this
year, the company is introducing additional optical wireless
systems with ranges from 500 meters to 4 kilometers (about
2.5 miles) and capacities up to 1.25 gigabits.
The system operates in the 1550nm wavelength, conforming to
fiber optic networking industry standards, and requires no
government licensing, while operating at the most
competitive price per bit ratio in the industry.
For more information on ordering fSONA's family of optical
wireless products, contact Raymond Gray, director of
business development; or David Oberman, director of sales at
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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