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February 9, 2004

Gallaudet University Builds Campus-Wide Wireless Network With Airespace

From: Business Wire (press release) - USA - Feb 9, 2004

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 9, 2004--

Airespace Platform Supports Educational Programs and Services Specifically Designed to Accommodate Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Airespace, Inc. announced today that Gallaudet University, the world's only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students, has deployed Airespace as a strategic platform for the delivery of Wireless LAN (WLAN) services across its Washington D.C. campus. Gallaudet provides one of the world's best interactive visual learning environments, supported by continuously evolving advanced technologies. By providing students, faculty, and guests with a WLAN platform for the delivery of data and video applications, Gallaudet is furthering the educational experience, allowing students and faculty to learn, collaborate, and share information securely, and with complete mobility.

"We were interested in a wireless product that incorporated a strong security scheme with technical stability, ease of setup into our network, minimal maintenance, and thorough customer service; our Technical staff found all of this with Airespace. From a management perspective, the Airespace system was most appealing because it offered a complete hardware and software package with built-in options for the future," said Meloyde Batten-Mickens, Technology Infrastructure Manager, Gallaudet University.

Initial deployment of the Airespace solution began in September 2003, with the installation of 63 Access Points (APs) across nine buildings on Gallaudet's Washington D.C. campus. In subsequent months, the network deployment has grown to include over 150 APs serving 32 buildings, including classrooms, residence buildings, dining halls, a hotel/conference center, an elementary and middle schools, and field house.

The Gallaudet wireless network consists of Airespace 4100 WLAN Appliances, Airespace 4000 WLAN switches, Airespace 1200 Access Points, and Airespace Control System (ACS) Software, which handles policy and device configuration, troubleshooting, and ongoing maintenance of the Airespace wireless network. In addition, Gallaudet is leveraging Airespace's unique AireWave Director(TM) Software to establish an intelligent RF control plane throughout its multi-building campus. This enables the wireless network to dynamically adjust to changing RF conditions in real time, ensuring optimum performance and air-tight security for all WLAN users.

"Airespace provided a complete system that met all of Gallaudet's technical requirements for a secure wireless LAN," said Bruce Brooks, Project Manager at Ease Technologies, a technology consulting firm responsible for working with Gallaudet staff to deliver a campus-wide wireless network. "The system was remarkably easy to install and operate, exceeding our already high expectations for WLAN implementation."

"Gallaudet is an exceptional institution that is constantly striving to deliver the best educational experience to its guests and constituents," said Alan Cohen, vice president of marketing at Airespace. "Airespace is pleased to be working with the university to deliver wireless services that are easy to manage and robust enough to handle the rigors of this world-class organization."

About Gallaudet

Gallaudet University, located in Washington D.C., is the world's only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students. Founded in 1864 by an Act of Congress, the University is committed to providing instruction in the arts and sciences that is vital to the development of the intellect; to conducting research aimed at enhancing the lives of deaf and hard of hearing individuals; and to serving deaf and hard of hearing people, their families, and the professionals who work with them.

About Ease Technologies

Founded in 1993, Ease Technologies, Inc. is a technology consulting firm that partners with organizations to create innovative, multi-platform computing solutions. Ease Technologies has been active in major support and systems integration projects throughout its ten-year history and has applied a dedicated approach to exceeding client expectations. By building and maintaining partnerships with our clients, Ease is able to bring a personal and team-oriented approach to projects and tasks being performed. A dedicated Project Manager facilitates all Ease projects and ensures there is consistent and on-going communication with clients throughout the life cycle of the project.

About Airespace, Inc.

Airespace designs and develops intelligent wireless networking platforms that support business-critical applications. The company has set the standard for enterprise Wireless LANs, having earned Network Computing's "Editor's Choice Award," Network World's "World Class Award," Internet Telephony's "Product of the Year," and nomination as one of the "Best Wireless Products of 2003" in InfoWorld's Reader's Choice Awards. With dynamic RF management, air-tight security, seamless mobility, and support for real-time applications such as voice, Airespace helps enterprises implement secure Wireless LAN networks worldwide.

For more information on Airespace and its products, visit or call 408-635-2000.


Jeff Aaron, 408-635-2052
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