September 12, 2005 10:30 ET

AirWave Selected by Twenty New Universities for Wi-Fi Network Management & Security

Universities Achieve 200%+ Return on Investment From AirWave Software

SAN MATEO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 12, 2005 -- AirWave Wireless, the leader in Wi-Fi security and management, today announced that twenty additional universities in North America will use the AirWave Management Platform™ (AMP) software to manage and secure their growing Wi-Fi networks.

"Our university customers often have small IT staffs that are responsible for operating very large and heavily utilized wireless networks on their campuses," said Gary Hegna, CEO of AirWave. "The AirWave Management Platform helps them deliver the performance and reliability their users demand with their existing staff."

"In less than a year, we have seen over a 200% Return on Investment with the AirWave Management Platform," said Marcelo Lew, wireless network specialist at the University of Denver. "With AMP, we have been able to reduce the cost of running our Wi-Fi network by one Full Time Engineer (FTE) through automation, faster problem resolution and the elimination of network errors."

Through its simple to use, web-based user interface, the AirWave Wireless Management Platform enables university IT administrators to cost-effectively monitor, analyze and configure their entire wireless network infrastructure from a single point of intelligent control. The software continues to play a critical role in allowing the IT staff to seamlessly operate Wi-Fi networks that provide students, faculty and campus guests with wireless access in classrooms, libraries, dormitories, and public buildings. Universities even use AMP to monitor wireless usage in their football and basketball stadiums.

The AMP software also ensures that its various university customers' Wi-Fi networks are protected from any outside intrusion. For example, if a laptop is stolen or network passwords are breached, AMP can immediately react to these situations by automatically reconfiguring the security policies on the various network access points within minutes. In addition, AMP can quickly alert the IT administers to potential security breaches, such as when students are utilizing excessive bandwidth on the wireless network and may be participating in illegal file-sharing or other unauthorized activities.

The AirWave software supports multiple different Wi-Fi hardware vendors and architectures. "One of the key benefits of working with AirWave is its unique ability to adapt to and support any of the Wi-Fi hardware vendors in the market today. We are mainly a Cisco shop and AirWave plays a crucial role in allowing us to seamlessly operate, manage and secure our infrastructure," said Rusty Smith, network engineer for the University of Wisconsin. "In addition, its ability to monitor both the current and historical state of our wireless network gives us the peace of mind that we are providing the quality of service our campus users expect."

The newly announced higher education customers include Brookdale Community College, Centennial College, Northern Illinois University, George Mason University, LDS Business College, Madison Area Technical College , Oakland University, Pacific University, Purdue University Calumet, California State University at Northridge, San Mateo County Community College District, Southwest Research Institute, Tulane University, Northwestern College, University of Hawaii, Utah State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wytheville Community College, Central Connecticut State University and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

About AirWave

AirWave Wireless, Inc. is the leading developer of network management software solutions that provide administrators a single point of intelligent control to monitor, analyze, and configure their wireless network infrastructure. The privately held company is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and is backed by investors Westbury Equity Partners, Ignition Partners and Idealab. The company's patent-pending AirWave Management Platform™ software is sold through a global network of value-added resellers and systems integrators. For more information, visit the company's website at

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