Siemens Canada deploys next generation wireless broadband network for First Nations Seabird Island Community



    Siemens and BelAir Networks extend digital reach of residents, government
    and businesses

    AGASSIZ, BC, June 27 /CNW/ - The Seabird Island First Nation in British
Columbia is setting a powerful example for other First Nation communities
across Canada with its innovative use of technology. They have implemented new
housing concepts which use advanced building materials, wood from certified
forests, energy efficient appliances as well as solar, wind and geo-thermal
solutions to create renewable energy sources as part of their sustainable
community design. The Seabird Island Band has just taken another step forward
into the future with the launch of a new high performance wireless mesh
network solution from Siemens. The network is providing the community with
ubiquitous, high-speed broadband wireless access supporting residential,
educational and business communication requirements.
    The scenic terrain is challenging. It is prone to occasional flooding and
rugged weather conditions which made the wireless network an attractive,
flexible communications alternative to wired solutions. Additionally, as the
internet has become an important educational tool, the local schools needed a
way to provide its students with cost-effective access. Today, the next
generation wireless broadband mesh network provides high-speed wireless access
across the community supporting local educational needs and more.
    "Our new wireless network offers a broad range of communications and
revenue opportunities for us," stated Chief Clem Seymour. "We will be able to
create new services for the community and offer our local schools increased
educational opportunities through new high speed connectivity."

    About Seabird Island Network

    Siemens and BelAir Networks worked closely with Chief Clem Seymour and
local residents to deploy 49 BelAir Networks wireless access nodes across the
community. The nodes, easily mounted on light poles, provide a wireless
carrier backbone to support a variety of services including Point of Sale
(POS) terminals at the local gas bar and events such as annual canoe races.
    The new network will also help the community defray flood meter
monitoring costs of $1,200 per month by replacing wired lines with a wireless
connection. In the future, the community may also use the network to extend
its Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) network and provide cost-effective residential
telephone service on Seabird Island.
    "Siemens is proud to be working with Chief Seymour and his band council
on this exciting project," said Frank Suraci, responsible for Aboriginal
Relations for Siemens Canada. "We view Seabird Island as an excellent example
of our technology partnership with First Nations' communities across Canada.
Our goal is to help realize the unlimited potential of their growing
populations in developing socio-economic programs and technology
infrastructure that will enhance and extend wellness, economic development and
community growth."
    Siemens and BelAir Networks have also developed a comprehensive program
to train Seabird Island Band personnel to pre-stage, program, install,
administer and repair the wireless network. The training program will
encourage the residents to manage and are able maintain the network
independently, creating jobs and ensuring self-sufficiency.
    "The Seabird Island Band is putting wireless technology to work for their
current and future well being and growth," stated Jim Freeze, Senior Vice
President of Marketing and Alliances of BelAir Networks. "It was a tremendous
opportunity for us to work with a community known for its innovation. They now
have a powerful wireless broadband network, like the ones that BelAir has
deployed in leading cities around the world that delivers carrier-class
capacity and reliability and industry-leading performance."
    BelAir Networks is the leading provider of mobile broadband mesh network
solutions with more than 300 deployments worldwide, including leading cities
such as Boston, Minneapolis, Dallas, New York, the City of London and Toronto,
as well as high-profile venues such as Dolphin Stadium in Miami. BelAir
equipment blends seamlessly into its surroundings preserving the aesthetics of
the area.
    BelAir Networks, recently recognized with a Frost and Sullivan Technology
Innovation Award and an InfoWorld 100 award, offers a comprehensive product
portfolio that supports Wi-Fi, Imax mesh, 4.9 GHz Public Safety and cellular
backhaul, and includes the flagship four-radio BelAir200 Wireless
Multi-service Switch Router, the dual-radio BelAir100 Multi-service Node, the
BelAir100C Multi-service Node featuring point-to-multipoint backhaul, the
BelAir100S, and the single-radio BelAir50C, all seamlessly managed by the
BelAir BelView Network Management System. For cellular operators, BelAir also
offers the BelAir300 Converged Multi-service Wireless Node, combining
cellular, Wi-Fi and wireless mesh on a converged platform.

    About Siemens in Canada

    Siemens is one of the largest and most diversified companies in the
world, providing innovations in areas such as automation and control, power,
transportation, medical, information and communications, and lighting. In
Canada, Siemens is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, with more than
7,500 employees located in 76 offices and seven major manufacturing
facilities. Sales for fiscal 2006 were $2.3 billion.

    About BelAir Networks

    BelAir Networks is the first company to offer scalable, mobile wireless
broadband mesh networking solutions with the highest quality for data, voice
and video. The company teams with world-class global partners to deploy
proven, cost-effective wireless broadband mesh networks. BelAir's wireless
networking solutions are built on the only multi-service architecture for
municipal wireless broadband deployments of Wi-Fi, WiMAX and 3G Cellular
networks. Built specifically for outdoor deployments, BelAir Networks'
patented solution delivers the lowest cost per user and deploys in days,
blending into the physical infrastructure of downtown business districts,
hotels and resorts, and campuses. Founded in 2001, BelAir Networks is a
privately held company. For more info, visit www.belairnetworks.com.

    This press release may contain forward-looking statements based on the
beliefs of Siemens Canada Limited management. The words "anticipate,"
"believe," "estimate," "forecast," "expect," "intend," "plan," "should," and
"project," are used to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements
reflect the company's current views with respect to future events and are
subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the actual
results to be materially different, among others, changes in general economic
and business conditions, changes in currency exchange rate and interest rates,
introduction of competing products, lack of acceptance of new products or
services and changes in business strategy. Actual results many vary materially
from those projected here. Siemens Canada Limited does not intend or assume
any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.





For further information:

For further information: DL Leslie, Siemens Canada Limited, Corporate
Communications, (905) 819-5926, dl.leslie@siemens.com; Sheila Burpee, Duncan
BelAir Networks, Corporate Communications, (613) 254-7070 ext. 134,
sburpeeduncan@belairnetworks.com


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