Nortel Networks also said it will integrate mesh networking into its product line. PacketHop sells software that, according to the company, can turn any generic access point into a mesh-enabled access point. The PacketHop technology will be sold as a complementary solution to accompany Nortels Wireless Access Point 7220, Wireless Gateway 7250 and Optivity Network Management system, Nortel officials said. The products will roll out in the fourth quarter for deployment early next year, according to Michael Howse, chief executive of PacketHop, in Belmont, Calif.
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"We believe that the technology is broadly applicable, although the initial demand is clearly in the homeland security business," Howse said in an interview.
In the Statement of Requirements for Public Safety Wireless Communications and Availability
published by the Department of Homeland Securitys SAFECOM program in March, the agency calls for the deployment of "temporary and ad hoc" networks. The statement, although vague, appears to favor mesh networking.
"The command and control of Incident Command on-scene and the Emergency Manager provides for the safety and accountability of all the assets at the incident and provides information on additional resources that could be brought to the incident," the SAFECOM statement reads. The networks for communications and information exchange are created on an ad hoc and/or temporary basis at the scenes. They overlay on one another to provide interoperability and integrate with the larger jurisdiction area networks to form a system of systems for command and control."
PacketHop also announced that it has raised $10 million in a Series B round of financing, led by ComVentures, a venture capital firm specializing in next-generation communication technology investments. The round includes the participation of existing investors U.S. Venture Partners and Mayfield. PacketHop will leverage the capital infusion to fuel company growth and prepare for the commercial launch of its secure mobile mesh networking products, the company said. Roland Van der Meer, a ComVentures partner, joined PacketHops board of directors.
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Editors Note: This story has been corrected to indicate that systems from PacketHop and Nortel are stand-alone and independent of one another. An earlier version of the story also misspelled Michael Howses name.