London, May 29, 2008 – Proxim Wireless Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXM), a leader in core-to-client solutions for broadband wireless networks, today announced that it is supplying broadband wireless equipment to the Advanced Internet Methods and Emergent Systems (AIMES) Centre, part of the University of Liverpool, to provide internet access for users across the Liverpool City Region, as part of a digital inclusion project.
AIMES is currently implementing two community-based pilots, one in St. Helens and one in North Liverpool providing a managed service, which includes broadband internet access, a range of software packages and all equipment required. For the first 12 months of the pilot project, the service is provided free of charge. The AIMES Centre was responsible for the tender process which was subject to the Official Journal of European Union (OJEU) criteria. OciusB2, a Proxim Platinum Partner, was awarded the contract and as part of their tender specified the wireless network, which incorporates Tsunami MP.11 5054 base stations and Tsunami MP.11 5012 indoor and outdoor subscriber units from Proxim Wireless.
Professor Dennis Kehoe, Director of AIMES, said: "Digital inclusion is a crucial enabler of economic regeneration and growth. Digital access can transform cities and communities, providing improved access to employment, education and health information. The internet can also help to combat isolation and increase a sense of community. The aim of the Community Grid is to bridge this digital divide, to ensure that everyone can have affordable access to the benefits of computing. Wireless is a key part of this strategy as it is the most cost-effective way to provide high-speed broadband access to the community. The Proxim Wireless network has been extremely reliable since its installation and its scalability means that it will be able to accommodate our expanding project."
Currently, over 100 homes in St. Helens and North Liverpool have been given a wireless connection from their homes to a local aggregation point, from where data is carried to a shared central computer, which is managed by AIMES. Firewalls, virus scanners and appropriate filtering are all looked after by AIMES, so the end-user has to do no more than switch on and log in. Via this connection, children will also have access to some of the software they use at school, to continue projects at home and extend their computer skills and understanding. Everything is linked through a community portal which will provide easy access to useful local information for the whole family, on subjects ranging from health provision and housing to “what’s on” in the local community.
“We chose the Proxim Wireless equipment since we have used it in many other installations where it works flawlessly and compared to other solutions in the market, the Proxim equipment gives you more capacity for the same cost. The digital inclusion project is being deployed in phases and should eventually cover users across the entire Liverpool City Region,” explained George Porter, Director of OciusB2 Ltd.
“The digital divide has a significant impact on families and communities, and we’re pleased that our technology can help lessen the inequalities in our society. We applaud AIMES for implementing this community-based project and look forward to seeing the benefits this network will bring to Liverpool,” added Anthony Fulgoni, VP Sales Northern Europe and Strategic Sales at Proxim Wireless.
AIMES (Advanced Internet Methods and Emergent Systems), a technology transfer centre of The University of Liverpool, is a key point of access for businesses wishing to take advantage of advanced internet technologies. The AIMES Centre provides a range of services including digital inclusion programmes, applications provision and management, database systems, software development, hosting and storage, as well as on-demand, low-cost web services.
AIMES was established with funding from the European Regional Development Fund (http://www.euandmerseyside.org/) , the Northwest Regional Development Agency (http://www.nwda.co.uk/) and the Single Regeneration Budget (http://www.liverpool.gov.uk/) and is supported by The University of Liverpool (http://www.liv.ac.uk/) .
OciusB2 is a technology-based company with extensive experience in e-communications, specializing in broadband internet and data communications with emphasis on the impact of these technologies on organizations and their service delivery capabilities. OciusB2 was founded in January 2002 in order to meet the growing challenges of companies and organizations moving into e-commerce and the use of internet related technologies. OciusB2 is a Proxim Platinum Partner.
About Proxim Wireless
Proxim Wireless Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXM) is a leader in core-to-client solutions for broadband wireless networks. Our systems enable a variety of wireless applications including security and surveillance, VoIP, last mile access, enterprise LAN and PtP backhaul. We have shipped more than 1.5 million wireless devices to more than 200,000 customers worldwide. Proxim is ISO-9001 certified. Information about Proxim can be found at www.proxim.com. For investor relations information, e-mail email@example.com or call +1 408-542-5303.
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