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Mesh Networking Leader Delivers High Performance Wireless Networks for Voice, Video, and Wi-Fi

LOS GATOS, Calif. – April 20, 2005 - Firetide, Inc., a leader in wireless mesh networking, today announced partnerships with 802 Global, Cableserve Limited, York Data Services, Transnumeric, and Sigma Technology. This marks Firetide’s entry into the European market, offering its HotPort high performance mesh network which allows standard voice, video and data applications to operate over a high capacity wireless mesh backbone.

Firetide's HotPort wireless mesh networks use advanced routing technologies and IEEE 802.11-compliant radios to "unwire" the Ethernet backbone and create a self-configuring, self-healing mesh network. Firetide Instant Mesh Networks scale and self-configure instantly by simply plugging HotPorts into standard AC power outlets, resulting in a simple and reliable alternative to standard Ethernet cable.
Sigma Technology, a leading U.K. based systems integrator, has begun to deploy the Firetide mesh solution and initial feedback from clients has been very positive. "The partnership with Firetide and instant mesh networking represents a huge growth area for wireless and a significant market opportunity for us,” commented Tony Brar, Divisional Manager of Sigma Technology. “Given the strategic significance of the mesh opportunity, we had to be completely confident of both the company and the technology before choosing a partner. Only Firetide fitted the bill."
Firetide is now signing channel partners across Europe and will be showcasing products at the WLAN event in Olympia on April 20-21. "Firetide's new range of HotPort nodes brings an unrivalled level of performance and usability to mesh networking,” said Tim Close, Sales Director of 802 Global, EMEA distributor for Firetide. “We are excited to be working alongside Firetide to ensure mesh based solutions deliver on their potential throughout Europe and beyond."

HotPort High Performance Mesh Network
The HotPort mesh network is a high performance wireless mesh backbone that supports multiple, simultaneous applications and services, including those that require extra capacity and fast throughput. It is designed especially for high-bandwidth/low latency applications such as video surveillance networks, voice over IP services, and metro-scale Wi-Fi HotZones. The self-configuring, self-healing mesh network scales quickly and easily, resulting in a powerful and reliable wireless network.

The HotPort system includes the HotPort 3000 series indoor and outdoor mesh nodes, HotView™ mesh management software, and enterprise class networking features including VLAN traffic segmentation, traffic prioritization, network gateway interconnects, and remote management.

“Europe leads in the use and adoption of many wireless technologies and we believe mesh networking will contribute to that continuing trend,” said Bo Larsson, CEO of Firetide. “We look forward to working with our new distribution partners who will help solve problems for customers who need data, video, or voice capabilities in environments that are impossible or too costly to wire.”
HotPort networks are ideal for environments such as hotels, airports, convention centers, municipalities, warehouses, and other campus environments. Firetide products are sold through channel partners including distributors, value added resellers (VARs), and systems integrators. For more information about HotPort products, please visit www.firetide.com.

Cableserve Limited is a specialised wireless networking solution provider to the U.K. that deploys both in-building and building-to-building, non line of site wireless solutions using licensed, unlicensed, RF, laser, and microwave systems. York Data Services is also a U.K. based integrator, and Transnumeric is a wireless solution provider in France.


About Firetide, Inc.
Firetide is a privately held wireless mesh technology company that develops networking equipment to deploy high performance, scalable wireless mesh networks quickly, easily and affordably. Firetide's Instant Networking solution is ideal for building backbone infrastructure for Wi-Fi networks, video surveillance, and temporary networks in a variety of environments, such as Internet access HotZones, airports, hotels, campus environments or other locations where wiring is too difficult or expensive to install. Investors include Menlo Ventures, HMS Ventures, Hawaiian Electric Industries, and Mitsui & Co. Venture Partners. For more information, visit the company's website at www.firetide.com.

©2005 FiretideTM, HotPort™ and Instant Mesh NetworksTM are trademarks of Firetide, Inc.


Contacts:
Barbara Cardillo
Firetide, Inc.
bcardillo@firetide.com
408-348-4020

Helen Ablett/ Silja Binner
Grant Butler Coomber
+44 208 322 1922
helena@gbc.co.uk/ siljab@gbc.co.uk


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