Los Gatos, CA – February 1, 2012 – The new public library in the Town of Los Gatos, California has installed a high-performance 802.11n-based wireless LAN from Firetide. The network is accessible throughout the library and will provide wireless Internet throughout the 30,000 square foot library that is scheduled to open on February 11th.
In the design of the library located in the heart of Silicon Valley, careful attention was paid to ensuring visitors would have access to the Internet to enable them to do online research as well as access an online catalog of library resources, download e-books and music, and manage their library account. The library has 31 public computers for use and allows visitors to bring in their own Wi-Fi devices and access to access the Wi-Fi network.
The Firetide Wireless Access products deployed at the Los Gatos Library includes a single WLAN Controller and 7 HotPoint® Access Points. The WLAN Controller provides automatic network discovery and centralized provisioning and management of Access Points. The Access Points are located inside the library enabling users to connect to the network from just about anywhere.
Funding for purchase of the Firetide network came from the Los Gatos "Friends of the Library" organization. The organization is comprised of community volunteers who raised nearly $2 million in private funding for technology, furnishings and fixtures for the new library.
"The Town of Los Gatos has been planning our new library since 2009 and we are looking forward to opening this centerpiece of lifelong learning for our entire community," said Mayor Steve Rice. Firetide worked closely with the library and town IT staff to design and install the network. Ongoing support of the network will be provided by the town’s IT staff.
"We are pleased Firetide was selected as the wireless network vendor for the new library in the community where our corporate headquarters resides,” said Bo Larsson, Firetide CEO. “We are seeing increased demand from libraries and schools planning to install Wi-Fi access to expand research and educational opportunities."
About Firetide Inc.
Firetide is the leading provider of wireless infrastructure mesh networks that enable concurrent video, voice, and data applications for municipal, public safety, government, transportation and industrial customers worldwide. Firetide is unmatched in providing reliable, high-performance wireless infrastructure mesh and access solutions for video surveillance, Internet access, public safety and temporary networks wherever rapid deployment, mobility and ease of installation are required. Headquartered in Los Gatos, Calif., Firetide is a privately held company with thousands of customers in over 40 countries across the globe. For more information about the company check out www.firetide.com and follow us on twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/firetide).