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June 12, 2012

Firetide to Supply LG Uplus with Access Points for Korean Hospital Network

Today, provider of wireless infrastructure mesh networks and access solutions, Firetide, Inc, announced that Korea’s third largest service provider, LG Uplus Corp, has decided to go with Firetide access points to support its massive wireless LAN (WLAN) project. The project will provide coverage for 180 of Korea’s largest hospitals nationwide and will be comprised of over 4,000 Firetide HotPoint 5100 access points.

LG Uplus decided to use Firetide HotPoint 5100 access points after extensive review and benchmark testing found that they provide the highest bandwidth as well as the most cost-effective solution for such a massive deployment. The initial phase of the project will consist of deploying access points in 20 hospitals and, as of last month, over 500 HotPoint 5100 access points have been installed.

"Firetide's access point technology clearly outperformed the competition and offered the high bandwidth and reliability needed to support this large network of hospitals,” said a representative of LG Uplus, in a press release. “The final decision to move forward with Firetide was easy. Compared to competing offerings, Firetide APs experience 50 percent less interference-related data loss. This level of reliability combined with the product's cost benefits easily enable us to meet our ROI target."

In order to remotely manage the 4,000+ wireless access points planned across all 180 hospitals from a centralized location, LG Uplus will also install Firetide’s HotView Pro network management software. This easy-to-use platform is also sophisticated enough to handle configuring, monitoring and managing so many Firetide HotPoint 5100 access points. Having a central location to manage the whole network will allow hospital staff to respond to network issues quickly and efficiently.

Recently, Firetide was named by Network Products Guide as a winner of the seventh annual 2012 Hot Companies and Best Products Award. In April, Scorpio Gold Corporation began using Firetide’s HotPort infrastructure mesh network for video surveillance security throughout its Mineral Ridge Mine.

Edited by Brooke Neuman