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Issue #2003 - 27 (October 2003)
(Updated Oct. 22, 2003)


Sprint Hotspots Nations Airports

Sprint has been selected by Navigance Technologies Group to provide advanced wireless communication and video security monitoring capabilities that address operational and security needs for the nation's General Aviation (GA) airports and facilities. The first Navigance System installation with Sprint is planned for Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.

Under the agreement, Sprint will provide a high-speed wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), associated equipment and IP transport services. This will give Navigance the capability to offer customers a complete end-to-end technology and security solution, including Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) service. Navigance has integrated full-motion video cameras, digital video recorders and biometric access control devices - linked by the wireless network - to enhance airport security. Camera activity can be viewed locally or securely over the Internet thanks to IP enablement by Sprint. This allows the facility to share the visual feed with local law enforcement and emergency response personnel. 

A system installation is planned for Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, one of the busiest general aviation (non-commercial) airports in the country, involving video equipment, wireless network and IP transport. Navigance will also market the application to the general aviation industry consisting of nearly 18,000 airports with over 10,000 facilities including Fixed Base Operations (FBOs). 

The general aviation industry has been identified by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as having a potential for security risk. Security capabilities may be modest and involve older closed-circuit video equipment that is not Web-enabled and inaccessible to local authorities. Those airports may have limited budgets and may not be able to afford the levels of security associated with larger commercial airports nor offer any type of national Wi-Fi coverage. 

The Navigance offering can help GA airports and FBOs compete for business by deploying advanced services to attract clientele to their facilities. Besides the Navigance security advantage, the Sprint solution provides facility management Wi-Fi service for passengers and crews, enabling a potential revenue stream that may offset security costs. The Sprint solution involves IP transport, enhanced wireless network, wireless hardware and managed network services for video-stream monitoring in addition to system design and project management and monitoring. 

"We are meeting the challenge of improving security at the nation's general aviation facilities," explained Bob Jandebeur, Navigance president and chief executive officer. "We've recognized a need for enhanced security and technology solutions, and feel the Sprint offering brings new capabilities to those that seek them. Our solutions can address the technology and security gap that presently exists at many general aviation airports, corporate flight departments and fixed base operations, while offering the end customer new mobile communications convenience via Wi-Fi service." 

"Air safety will benefit from this integrated technology solution," said Bruce Friedman, managing director of Sprint's Mobile Computing Services Group. "Sprint was able to integrate multiple hardware and network components into a seamless communications and security solution. Our technical consulting and project management capabilities make Sprint's wireless network and hardware applications highly attractive. This is a unique cost-effective solution that combines advanced security capabilities, improved facility management, customer communications convenience and a revenue-generation opportunity." 

Sprint previously announced a plan to offer Wi-Fi service to the nation's commercial airports to benefit business and recreational travelers. PCS Wi-Fi Access is part of the Sprint portfolio of Wi-Fi communications services targeted to both public and enterprise customers.

For more information on Wi-Fi and other mobile computing solutions for businesses, visit http://www.sprintbiz.com/solutions/mobile. 

For more information: http://www.sprint.com

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: It is good to see Sprint offer Wi-Fi hotspot service at airports. This will certainly speed up Wi-Fi & 3G hybrid network implementation - something that we have been harping on for two years now.

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