Wavion, American Explorer and COGEL partner to provide Video Surveillance and Internet Access for the City of Salvador, Brazil

Yoqne’am, Israel, March 16, 2010— Wavion™, a company transforming the Metro and Rural Wi-Fi market with a new category of Wi-Fi Base Station, American Explorer, a large system integrator in Brazil, and COGEL, Companhia Governan?a Electr?nica do Salvador, announced today the deployment of Wavion’s Wi-Fi base stations for a city-wide video surveillance and internet access network in the city of Salvador, Brazil.

The network had been deployed as part of the city preparation for the popular annual Carnaval, know as the largest popular party of the world. The network infrastructure was based on Wavion’s WBS-5800 and WBS-2400 base stations, working in the 5.8 GHz and 2.4 GHz, respectively, which were installed on poles along the streets. The 5.8 GHz network served video cameras and "kiosks" located along the routes of the Carnaval. The video cameras were used for monitoring the public safety and allowing remote web viewing. The "kiosks" were used to allow the municipality people, such as health and police forces, to access their secure corporative network. The 2.4 GHz network provided free internet access and enabled the general public and the press to share their experience and pictures all over the world. The backhaul was provided by an optical ring via the National Research Network.

“This project has been a major success for the city of Salvador”, said Nailton Lantyer Filho, COGEL CEO.  “For the first time, people from all over the world could watch the Carnaval in real time from the web. Furthermore, it allowed our municipal workers, the press covering the Carnaval and the general public to access the internet and use it for their work and pleasure applications. Encouraged by the success of the network, we plan to expand it  to cover the entire Salvador city as part of the Digital City project.”

Wavion’s unique and powerful WBS-2400 and WBS-5800 spatially adaptive beamforming base stations provide extended range, higher throughput, and much better NLOS coverage. As a result, unlike more conventional equipment, it does not require costly high towers and can be easily installed on poles and still provide very good coverage and penetration. Moreover, their flexible architecture and ruggedized and weather-proof enclosure add significantly to their unique value offering to Telecom Operators.

“Wavion is proud to partner with American Explorer and COGEL on this pioneering city-wide project in Salvador”, said Tal Meirzon, Wavion's CEO. “The fact that the network was deployed in record time and was working perfectly to the full satisfaction of the city is yet another proof to the quality and robustness of Wavion’s solution.”

About Wavion
Wavion is transforming the metro Wi-Fi and rural markets with a new category of spatially adaptive base stations. The company’s digital beamforming and SDMA technologies are the first and only to resolve the significant performance, penetration and profitability challenges facing large scale metro and rural deployments. Wavion is privately held and backed by world-class investors including Tel Aviv-based Elron Electronic Industries Ltd. (TASE: ELRN), and BRM Capital. Wavion headquarters are located in Yoqne’am, Israel and the company has offices in Miami, Florida, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Moscow, Russia, and New Delhi, India. Additional information about Wavion is available at www.wavionnetworks.com.

About American Explorer
American Explorer (AE) is a nationwide distributor and System Integrator in Campinas, Brazil.  The company goal is to provide their customers and partners with the best services and most innovative solutions required to meet their market needs. It is achieving by constantly following the world market innovations and selecting the most innovative products and solutions, and by providing this knowledge and know-how to their customers through courses, training, technical support and workshops. Additional information about American Explorer is available at http://www.americanexplorer.com.br

COGEL is a local company in Salvador whose mission is to provide information technology solutions for the public administration with security, timeliness and efficiency. COGEL is committed to continuously improve the quality of services and add value to the products and services they provide. Additional information about COGEL is available at http://www.cogel.salvador.ba.gov.br

Hila Nagel
Wavion Ltd.
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