RuggedCom's 2.5 GHz, 802.16e WiMAX Broadband Wireless deployed in
College Station, TX and neighbouring communities
CONCORD, ON, May 24, 2011 /CNW/ - RuggedCom Inc., ("RuggedCom") (TSX:RCM), a leading designer and manufacturer of rugged
communications networking solutions for mission-critical applications
in harsh environments, today announced it has been selected as the
supplier for Texas A&M's Educational Broadband Services (EBS) network on the College Station campus. Through a unique
partnering approach Texas A&M has also aligned with the Bryan
Independent School District (ISD), College Station ISD and Blinn
College in making use of the EBS frequencies owned by each partner to
build out a scalable and contiguous 2.5 GHz network using RuggedMAX™.
RuggedCom will supply RuggedMAX™ standards based, 802.16e WiMAX base stations and subscriber units to Texas A&M making broadband
available for fixed, nomadic and fully mobile applications. The
wireless network will be used initially to interconnect monitoring
devices for the campus utilities department and physical plant
locations while enabling campus-wide faculty, administrative and
student network access. Texas A&M plans to add security systems such as
IP video camera surveillance and building access control to the
network. The system is capable of supporting full mobility for those
applications that require it, opening up the number of potential
applications and user types.
Partnering entities noted will have access to the network to provide
broadband wireless services for their own utility, educational, public
safety and faculty/student departments.
"We recognized a situation where the combining of our EBS spectrum assets between license holders simply made sense. With our combined,
expanded 2.5 GHz footprint we are able to involve not only other
educational entities, but possibly local utilities, city governments
and even private enterprise networks in the use of this spectrum, more than
satisfying the FCC's requirements of EBS to provide substantial service via 2.5 GHz," explained Walt Magnussen, Director of Telecommunications
for Texas A&M.
Total network size is expected to continue to grow as other local
partners in the EBS coverage area join the service.
"RuggedCom is honoured to be selected as the Broadband Wireless solution
provider for Texas A&M's EBS network," said Joe Gould, VP Sales, North
America. "We look forward to scaling this network with the customer as
the business model expands."
RuggedMAX™ is the world's first utility grade mobile WiMAX platform
designed for the harsh environment of the electric substation by
complying to standards such as IEEE 1613 and IEC 61850-3.
About RuggedCom Inc.
RuggedCom is a leading provider of Utility Grade communications networking solutions designed for mission-critical
applications in harsh environments. RuggedCom's technology solutions
include WiMAX base stations and subscriber units, Ethernet switches,
network routers, WiFi and Cellular devices, serial servers, media
converters, software and professional services.
SOURCE RuggedCom Inc.
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