Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Canada's National Capital Commission Deploys BridgeWave's Gigabit Wireless

Canada's National Capital Commission (NCC) has selected BridgeWave's AR60-AES links to deliver high-capacity, secure connectivity in Ottawa, Ontario, the nation's capital.

The NCC, which is a Canadian Crown corporation, administers federally owned lands and buildings in Ottawa. The NCC recently expanded and had to relocate some employees to a remote location which needed connectivity to support user's industrial and graphic design work. It was essential for the expansion to also effectively support Internet and corporate database access and HR and finance applications at the new office.

BridgeWave said its high-capacity links have saved taxpayer money by allowing the NCC to eliminate substantial upfront or monthly network connectivity expenses, yielding a return on investment (ROI) in 20 months. The NCC chose BridgeWave's AR60 with Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) instead of installing new fiber or supplementing the existing copper infrastructure. Two BridgeWave AR60 links with AES capacity were installed in only three days. The narrow beamwidth of the BridgeWave links create "virtual pipes" for mission critical applications, making signal interception near impossible. BridgeWave's AR60-AES gigabit wireless links contain built-in 256-bit AES encryption, the strongest encryption commercially available.

Another major consideration for using BridgeWave gigabit links was the ability to maintain server centralization. As full-rate gigabit connectivity was available between locations, the NCC did not have to procure additional servers and the associated backup infrastructure for the new office. Installing servers at the new office would have cost more than the entire BridgeWave solution and would have complicated the deployment and the ongoing support.