Motorola Demonstrates Leadership in Mesh Networking With 802.11s Standards-Ready MeshConnex™ Networking Technology
MeshConnex Powered Solutions Deliver Investment Protection to Municipal WiFi, Public Safety and Enterprise Customers Today
Schaumburg, IL – 19 April 2006 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced that its proven MeshConnex networking technology will support the final 802.11s meshing standard being developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE). Due to its flexible architecture, Motorola customers will be able to configure their MeshConnex powered products to be compliant with the 802.11s standard via over-the-air software downloads. Motorola’s MeshConnex technology powers a wide variety of the company’s products, including its Mesh Enabled Architecture (MEA®) and MOTOMESH™ multi-radio broadband systems.
When WiFi hot spots are “meshed,” they turn into a powerful, interconnected network that can blanket a campus, downtown or entire city with wireless broadband access. Mesh-enabled access points not only deliver WiFi to users, they also act as router/repeaters for other access points in the network. The result is a self-forming, self-healing wireless broadband cloud that reduces the cost of backhaul, deployment and system engineering.
MeshConnex is Motorola’s high performance, mesh networking technology implementation. It also provides other important capabilities including:
- Assignable user priority
- Dynamic bandwidth allocation (fairness)
- High-speed hand-off support
- Proven scalability
MeshConnex also features a small code footprint that optimizes processing resources, while its adaptive routing algorithm performs efficiently for both large and small-scale fixed and mobile applications. MeshConnex’s modular design allows it to be quickly adapted and made compliant with the 802.11s standard, once it is approved.
The 802.11s standard was created to define common features and ensure interoperability between mesh equipment vendors. Ultimately it will serve as a framework for new wireless applications by providing an open industry standard for the exploding wireless mesh networking market.
“The creation of the draft 802.11s standard is an important step in the development of cost-effective meshed WiFi products. Applications for mesh products based on the standard include everything from municipal WiFi clouds to self-configuring wireless home entertainment and computer networks,” said Roberta Wiggins, Research Fellow, Yankee Group. “Motorola’s decision to support both the draft and final standard across its mesh product portfolio will help drive this IEEE initiative.”
MeshConnex software has been widely deployed in systems around the world and is a key component in Motorola’s newly available MOTOMESH multi-radio broadband solution. MOTOMESH networks support both unlicensed WiFi and licensed 4.9GHz public safety access in the same wireless network, and has been the solution of choice for more than a dozen municipalities since its launch in January 2005. The MeshConnex software engine is also being incorporated into other Motorola products aimed at addressing new and existing mesh networking applications.
“Motorola remains committed to being a leader in standards based meshed WiFi solutions,” said Peter Stanforth, Director of Technology for the Mesh Networks Product Group. “By supporting over-the-air upgrades to the 802.11s standard, MeshConnex based products deliver peace of mind to customers today. Motorola is committed to being one of the first companies to deliver on the powerful economics and flexibility that an industry standard can bring.”
Motorola has been an active contributor to the 802.11s mesh standard and is currently represented on the chair of the IEEE’s ESS Mesh Networking Task Group (IEEE 802.11 TGs); the group responsible for the development of the draft 802.11s mesh networking standard. Motorola also serves on other key IEEE Standards Association committees, including the Standards Board of the IEEE-SA and IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group, and is expanding its standards work beyond traditional air interface standards to drive Seamless Mobility in areas such as user interaction, applications and manageability.
Municipalities, governments and enterprises are leveraging Motorola’s wireless mesh products, part of the MOTOwi4™ wireless broadband solutions, to create wide area wireless clouds that offer broadband wireless connectivity to mobile workers, first responders, businesses and residents.
The IEEE is a leading developer of international standards that underpin many of today’s products and services, particularly in telecommunications, information technology and power generation. With an active portfolio of nearly 1,300 standards and projects under development, we are increasingly the central source for standardization in a broad range of emerging technologies, welcoming individual engineers and corporations to participate. For more information, please visit http://standards.ieee.org/
Motorola is known around the world for innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications. Inspired by our vision of Seamless Mobility, the people of Motorola are committed to helping you get and stay connected simply and seamlessly to the people, information, and entertainment that you want and need. We do this by designing and delivering “must have” products, “must do” experiences and powerful networks -- along with a full complement of support services. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $36.8 billion in 2005. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit www.motorola.com
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