Amika Mobile Corporation

Amika Mobile Corporation

September 11, 2008 11:00 ET

Amika Mobile and Meru Partner on First Emergency Notification System Via WiFi

New Emergency Alerting Server Sends Critical Alerts Over Both SMS and Wi-Fi, Reaching Larger Audience Reliably

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2008) - Amika Mobile in partnership with Meru Networks introduces the first emergency notification system to operate over Wi-Fi networks, enabling delivery of potentially life-saving alerts not only to mobile phones but to any devices connected to wireless LANs.

Amika Mobile's new Emergency Alerting Edition Server uses Meru Networks' single-channel wireless LAN solution as a platform for sending reliable emergency messages over Wi-Fi links across campuses, cities, or geographically distributed areas. As the first system able to use either text messaging (SMS) or Wi-Fi to send such alerts, the Server can reach greater numbers of people more reliably in less time than SMS-only systems.

The Server complies with FEMA's FPC 65 legislative directive, which mandates all levels of government implement Emergency Notification Systems in preparation for declaring and acting on a catastrophe.

"Emergency events such as campus shootings and lockdowns have created a critical need for the immediate broadcast and delivery of simultaneous alerts on mobile devices to all members of the affected community within seconds," said Sue Abu-Hakima, President/ CEO of Amika Mobile. "SMS is important, but most carriers cannot deliver mobile phone connectivity everywhere. With Wi-Fi, any device connected to an access point receives an alert immediately. This reduces the need to collect and maintain mobile phone numbers."

"The Wi-Fi component of an emergency alerting system must be absolutely reliable because it could make a difference in saving lives," said Rachna Ahlawat, Meru's vice president of marketing. "Meru's single-channel, virtual cell architecture is ideally suited for such systems because it minimizes co-channel interference and eliminates the 'handoff' issues that arise with other approaches when users move between access points."

The Amika Mobility Server provides an alert broadcasting system, sending critical public safety information to communities in real-time. Images may also be attached directing people to safety. Alerts are transmitted via SMS (TXT) to any mobile phone or any WiFi device. Both Email and Voice are also supported.

About Amika Mobile Corporation

Amika Mobile is privately held and specializes in critical email-to-SMS mobile content alerts, including emergency alerts, ideal for those concerned with public safety as per FEMA's FPC 65 directive for emergency notification systems. Its mobile content solutions are independent of device, platform or carrier. Amika Mobile sells its products through distributors, system integrators, service provider partners and platform vendors initially focusing on North America, India, Europe and Australia with future plans for expansion into Asia. For more information, please visit www.amikamobile.com. All copyrights, trademarks and trade names are the property of Amika Mobile.

About Meru Networks

Meru Networks develops and markets wireless infrastructure solutions that enable the All-Wireless Enterprise. Its industry-leading innovations deliver pervasive, wireless service fidelity for business-critical applications to major Fortune 500 enterprises, universities, healthcare organizations and local, state and federal government agencies. Meru's award-winning Air Traffic Control technology brings the benefits of the cellular world to the wireless LAN environment, and its WLAN System is the only solution on the market that delivers predictable bandwidth and over-the-air quality of service with the reliability, scalability and security necessary to deliver converged voice and data services over a single WLAN infrastructure. Founded in 2002, Meru is based in Sunnyvale, Calif. For more information, visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300.

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Contact Information

  • Amika Mobile Corporation
    Marilyn Eustace
    Media Relations
    613-262-1298
    contact@amikamobile.com
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    Amika Mobile Corporation
    Dr. Sue Abu-Hakima
    President/CEO
    613-262-1298