Siemens Enhances and Extends Open Communications with Next Generation HiPath Wireless(R) Convergence Software and New Outdoor Access Point

    New Robust, Weather-Proof Access Point Enables Wireless Connectivity for
    Voice and Business Processes in Outdoor, Temporary and Hard-to-Cable

    BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 13 /CNW/ -- Enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN)
coverage can now extend outdoors between campus buildings situated in
university and government settings and in industrial environments like
warehouses, factories and construction sites. Siemens Communications, Inc.
today released the HiPath Wireless Outdoor Access Point (OAP) and V5 of the
HiPath Wireless Convergence Software. These new Siemens WLAN offerings further
extend the company's commitment to creating an open, wide-ranging wireless
network environment for Voice over WLAN and Mobility-Enabled Business
Processes - delivering Fixed Mobile Convenience (FMC) to the enterprise.
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    Now users can roam across corporate, industrial, government and
educational campuses without any break in their WiFi connection and WiFi-
supported voice calls. By extending WLAN coverage across the entire physical
footprint of an enterprise, business communications and procedures can
continue unabated, offering greater efficiency, responsiveness and
    "The HiPath Wireless Outdoor AP will allow us to break outside the
classroom and cover our campus in a blanket of wireless LAN coverage," said
Russell Diaz, Executive Director of Information Technology, Dominican College.
"Such wireless availability will not only afford greater anytime, anywhere
collaboration to students, faculty and guests, but it will also allow us to
maximize our investment by adding innovative wireless applications such as
asset tracking, Voice over wireless LAN and an enhanced surveillance system."
    The Siemens HiPath Wireless OAP is designed for outdoor and industrial
environments and supports Wireless Distribution Service (WDS) technology,
which enables the OAP to operate without a wired Ethernet network connection.
The solution is resistant to both freshwater and saltwater, fog, humidity,
dust, and dirt and has a broad operating temperature range. Installation is
plug-and-play. No Ethernet cabling is needed, so it's also useful for
situations not suited for pulling data cable, such as historical buildings,
campuses with large geographic distances between buildings and complex
manufacturing environments.
    In addition to supporting the new OAP, the release of HiPath Wireless
Convergence Software V5 supports other important voice and security features.
The new software offers three key elements:

    -- WDS, which enables the OAP and existing HiPath Wireless access points
       to operate without a wired Ethernet network connection - delivering
       wireless backhaul capabilities.
    -- Opportunistic Key Caching (OKC), a secure, fast-roaming technique that
       allows access points to share authentication credentials to accelerate
       client roaming and prevent delays in voice calls.
    -- 802.1x AP authentication, which provides secure wired network
       integration through access point authentication.
    The Siemens HiPath Wireless OAP and V5 of the HiPath Wireless Convergence
Software are the seventh and eighth major releases to the HiPath Wireless
portfolio in 24 months, continuing Siemens' enhancements to its FMC offerings.
The benefits of FMC and multi-vendor interoperability reflect the Siemens Open
Communications architecture that is the foundation of the entire Siemens
HiPath portfolio of enterprise communications solutions.
    "This newest release will help our enterprise customers close the gaps
that may exist in their wireless LAN coverage, creating comprehensive wireless
connectivity for information access and communications anywhere on the company
premises," said Luc Roy, vice president, product planning, Enterprise
Mobility, Siemens Communications, Inc. "By extending the WiFi footprint, our
customers can gain that much more efficiency, collaboration and responsiveness
in their day-to-day operations."
    The Siemens HiPath Wireless OAP is available now in two models - the
2650, which has an internal antenna, and the 2660, with an external antenna.
HiPath Wireless Convergence Software V5 supports the HiPath Wireless portfolio
of WLAN controllers, access points and management software.
    About Siemens
    Siemens AG (NYSE:   SI) is one of the largest global electronics and
engineering companies with reported worldwide sales of $96 billion in fiscal
2005. Founded nearly 160 years ago, the company is a leader in the areas
Medical, Power, Automation and Control, Transportation, Information and
Communications, Lighting, Building Technologies, Water Technologies and
Services and Home Appliances. With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York
City, Siemens in the USA has sales of $18.8 billion and employs approximately
70,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Eleven of Siemens'
worldwide businesses are based in the United States. With its global
headquarters in Munich, Siemens AG and its subsidiaries employ 460,000 people
in 190 countries. For more information on Siemens in the United States:
    About Siemens Communications, Inc.
    Siemens Communications, Inc. is an affiliate of Siemens Enterprise
Communications GmbH & Co. KG, one of the world's leading vendors of Open
Communications solutions for enterprises of all sizes, enabling business
processes to be more productive, faster and more secure - with any device,
network or information technology infrastructure.  Siemens Communications
Inc., and Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co. KG are wholly owned
subsidiaries of Siemens AG with about 15,000 employees globally and
headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla. For more info, visit
    Note: Siemens and HiPath are registered trademarks of Siemens AG or its
subsidiaries and affiliates. All other company, brand, product and service
names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
    This release contains forward-looking statements based on beliefs of
Siemens 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, including, among others, changes in general economic and business
conditions, changes in currency exchange rates and interest rates,
introduction of competing products, lack of acceptance of new products or
services and changes in business strategy. Actual results may vary materially
from those projected here. Siemens does not intend or assume any obligation to
update these forward-looking statements.

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