SOURCE: Colubris Networks

April 19, 2005 10:10 ET

Swallow Hotels Selects Canova Wireless and Colubris Networks to Offer Internet Access Across 75 Locations in an Exclusive Deal Worth GBP 1 Million

WALTHAM, MA and LONDON -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 19, 2005 -- Canova Wireless, a leading provider of managed high-speed, wireless and wired Internet services, in partnership with Colubris Networks, a pioneer of intelligent multiservice WLAN systems technology, today announced a GBP 1 million ($1.8 million USD) agreement with Swallow Hotels and Swallow Inns to provide high-speed wireless and wired Internet Access to over 75 locations. The implementation will enable guests to access the Internet wirelessly in all public areas and conference rooms and through high-speed fixed connections in over 3,000 rooms across the UK.

"We are constantly striving to improve the guest experience to ensure that our customers continue to return. Providing our guests with easy access to the Internet throughout our public areas and guest rooms gives us a real differentiator in this ever competitive market," said Simon Downes, Sales and Marketing Director, Swallow Hotels and Inns. "In addition, we felt that the wireless option gave guests increased flexibility throughout the hotel and also offered us the potential to deploy additional applications in the future."

Canova Wireless approached Swallow Hotels and was chosen because it was able to develop a compelling ROI model and a competitively priced wireless solution through its established heritage in the hotel sector. The deployment of the solution throughout the group was driven by the general management as they recognised how it would improve the guest experience. The Swallow Hotel in Gateshead was the first to deploy the solution.

"What is interesting about this Wi-Fi deployment is that it came about through identifying a real need for cost-effective, easy Internet access for guests," said Pierre Trudeau, co-founder and CTO, Colubris Networks. "Our relationship with Canova Wireless enabled us to develop a secure and flexible solution that could be deployed across a number of different environments throughout the Swallow Group in the UK."

Swallow is keen to maximise the wireless infrastructure by looking at opportunities to deploy applications in the future such as RFID.

"It was our experience in the hospitality sector that enabled us to develop a solution for Swallow Hotels and Inns that could help them both improve their offer to guests as well as deliver a robust return on their technology investment," said Pravinder Samra, Sales and Marketing Director, Canova Wireless. "Using Colubris Networks as the technology provider we were able to build a secure connectivity solution that can be used not only for guest access but also for running applications across the business."

Canova Wireless installed the Colubris Networks Intelligent MultiService WLAN System including InReach MultiService Access Points and the InMotion MultiService Controllers to allow secure Guest Internet Access.

About Canova Wireless

Canova Wireless, a leading provider of managed high-speed, wireless and wired Internet services. Canova Wireless recognises the need of businesses to attain instant access to the internet in order to compete efficiently and successfully in this ever-changing dynamic business arena.

We provide services that enable location owners to offer broadband internet access to their customers in a simple, effective and commercially viable manner. For more information, visit the company at www.canovawireless.com

About Colubris Networks

Colubris Networks is the leading global provider of intelligent multiservice wireless LAN systems for service providers and enterprises. The company's award-winning products deliver seamless, secure access to broadband services and applications while integrating into existing network infrastructure, security and management systems. Colubris Networks' equipment is deployed by more than 1,000 organizations worldwide. For more information, visit the company at www.colubris.com, or info@colubris.com.

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