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Cisco Wireless Goes Green with Hearst Tower, New York


Hearst Corporation Selects Cisco and MobileAccess Networks for Total Wireless Solution in 46-Story Hearst Tower Headquarters

SAN JOSE, Calif., September 20, 2006 - Cisco Systems® today announced that Hearst Corporation, one of the world’s largest diversified communications companies, has selected the Cisco® Unified Wireless Network in conjunction with the MobileAccess Universal Wireless Network infrastructure at Hearst Tower in New York. This manifests one of the largest “green” enterprise deployments of wireless and evinces a growing trend of wireless adoption due to its green-friendly attributes.

“Wireless is a natural for being a green technology,” said Alan S. Cohen, senior director of mobility solutions, Cisco Systems. “Because of its inherent flexibility, wireless provides owners of high-rise multitenant buildings with an affordable, efficient and transparent means of connecting people. Wireless networks can be shared with multiple constituencies, and they support various security and user profiles. Guest networking, for instance, can reduce the need to travel back and forth from the office to gain access to key information resources and can make companies and their partners, suppliers and customers more efficient.”

To tackle the challenges posed by the Tower’s unique green stature, Cisco teamed with MobileAccess Networks, an enterprise wireless innovator that provides universal platforms for connecting people and applications, to implement an innovative approach that would maximize connectivity while minimizing workplace impact.

The Hearst Tower solution includes MobileAccess MA-850 Wireless LAN Modules and Cisco’s Unified Wireless Network of Aironet® 1200 Series Access Points and 4400 Series Wireless LAN Controllers. In this arrangement, Hearst Tower gains an out-of-sight wireless LAN solution that blankets 856,000 square feet, spanning from the ground floor to the top of 46 stories.

Hearst Tower - First Green Commercial Skyscraper in New York

At Hearst Tower, it’s all about being green. With a laundry list of environmentally friendly achievements, Hearst Tower presents one of the most challenging Wi-Fi surroundings. Comprising more than one mile of glass office fronts, 14,000 light fixtures and countless microwave ovens, Hearst Tower presents a challenging radio frequency (RF) environment.

“Hearst Tower is a state-of-the-art facility in every way that you look at it,” said Chuck Montplaisir, vice president and director of IT for Hearst. “Therefore, it was critical that our networking solution be just as cutting-edge, capable and secure. We selected Cisco and MobileAccess because of their RF expertise, strength of network solution, and because they understand the benefits of a enabling a green workplace environment.”

Cisco Unified Wireless Network

The Cisco Unified Wireless Network is the industry’s leading wired and wireless solution that cost-effectively addresses WLAN security, deployment, management and control issues. As a holistic solution, it combines elements of Cisco wireless and wired networking technologies to deliver secure, scalable WLANs with a low total cost of ownership.

This comprehensive, integrated solution works at all layers of a WLAN: client devices and access points, network infrastructure, network management, delivery of mobility services and worldwide 24-hour product support.

More information about Cisco’s complete enterprise wireless solutions can be found at:
About Hearst Corporation

Hearst Corporation ( is one of the nation’s largest diversified communications companies. Its major interests span 173 magazines around the world, including Cosmopolitan and O, The Oprah Magazine; 12 daily newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle and San Francisco Chronicle; 28 television stations through Hearst-Argyle Television (NYSE: HTV) which reach a combined 18% of U.S. viewers; ownership in leading cable networks, including Lifetime, A&E, The History Channel and ESPN; as well as business publishing, Internet businesses, television production, newspaper features distribution and real estate.
About MobileAccess Networks

MobileAccess Networks is an enterprise wireless innovator that provides a universal platform for connecting the people and applications that drive business. The MobileAccess Universal Wireless Network is the key to widespread wireless connectivity in hospitals, office buildings, public venues and other large-scale facilities. The company’s intelligent, in-building infrastructure delivers business-quality performance, scalability, security and signal reliability to more than 1000 customers, including Fortune 1000 companies such as Lehman Brothers and Hearst Corporation, leading healthcare facilities such as Northwestern Memorial and Clarian Health, as well as many public sector customers such as Aladdin Resort and Casino, ALLTEL Stadium, American University, and the Oakland International Airport. For more information, visit
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