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Alvarion connects 90 digital cities in Brazil with wireless broadband

Alvarion customer Feira De Santana Municipality has won the Prêmio Anuário TI & Governo award for Best Digital City Deployment in Brazil. Its Feira Digital project brings 300,000 people together wirelessly as well as providing public services to the municipality.

4G specialist Alvarion has connected 90 digital cities in Brazil with its wireless broadband solutions, enabling applications that enhance the community’s services. Leading the charge is the city of Feira De Santana which was recently named the best digital city deployment by Prêmio Anuário TI & Governo 2009. The network in Feira De Santana connects 300,000 residents wirelessly and provides public security services for the municipality.

The Feira De Santana network is built using Alvarion’s BreezeNET B, BreezeACCESS VL and BreezeMAX Wi2 solutions in the 5.8 GHz, 5.4 GHz and 2.4 GHz frequencies, enabling multiple broadband applications for the use of the municipality as well by as the citizens of Feira De Santana. These applications include:

free Internet access for the public using the Wi2 product;

e-healthcare for medical centres;

e-government services;

video surveillance for public safety;

intelligent traffic and transportation control; and

e-classroom connectivity.

“Through Alvarion’s robust and high quality of service (QoS) solutions, we are able to provide a variety of broadband services to our residents,” said Professor Dr Tarcízio Suzart Pimenta Júnior, Mayor of Feira De Santana City in Bahia State, Brazil. “Innovative services such as the ability for parents to monitor their children at schools through web, free Internet and the online clinical story available for all the citizens, are very valuable for our city. The level of connectivity in the city will change the way people interact and will improve the access to broadband services.”

The next step in the deployment is to enable wireless video security for enhanced public safety using the 4.9 GHz frequency.

Feira De Santana joins Porto Alegre City (Procempa) in 2007, and Paulo Alfonso city in 2008 to be awarded the honor for Best Digital City Deployment in Brazil for project “Feira Digital.” This is the third consecutive year an Alvarion customer has won this award, indicating Alvarion’s “dedication to bringing wireless broadband access and public security to Brazil.”

"Our recent industry report (World Market for CCTV & Video Surveillance Equipment) uncovered Brazil as the market to watch in 2010, and Alvarion's Digital City deployments reinforces the high demand for high speed wireless broadband,” said Simon Harris, Senior Research Director at IMS Research. “The use of wireless broadband by municipalities for a variety of applications, including public security, gives residents and businesses the connections needed to make life more efficient, cost-effective and secure.”

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