July 14, 2005 13:00 ET

Traffic Flowing Smoothly for Florida Department of Transportation with Nortel Multiservice Solution; Mission-Critical Network Supports Video Traffic Monitoring, Improved Emergency Response

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--(CCNMatthews - Jul 14, 2005) -

The Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) is enhancing safety and mobility for the state's 13 million drivers by deploying a communications network from Nortel (NYSE:NT)(TSX:NT) that provides real-time monitoring of traffic and road conditions for traffic management centers across the state.

To help maximize the safety and efficiency of Florida's Transportation System, the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Office within DOT is deploying Nortel's Multiservice Switching solution to support video traffic monitoring equipment, traffic counters for identifying congested conditions, and electronic highway information signs.

The new network will also serve as a critical communications infrastructure for the ITS Office's emergency evacuation communication needs. ITS is responsible for traffic management and traffic engineering across more than 40,800 highway lane miles and 6,377 bridges in Florida.

"Nortel has a proven track record for helping government agencies around the world enhance the human experience through secure and reliable communications networks," said Scott McFeely, general manager, Services Edge, Nortel. "Our Multiservice Switching portfolio has helped government agencies like Florida DOT cost-effectively converge their mission-critical applications and information onto a single multiservice infrastructure with the flexibility to adapt to future service and application requirements."

Florida DOT is deploying the Nortel Multiservice Switch (MSS) 15000 to serve as the backbone of its microwave radio-based multiservice infrastructure. Florida DOT required a solution that could coexist with its existing network of highway emergency call boxes, and provide service for a variety of new traffic management and monitoring applications. The Nortel multiservice network is also expected to support a variety of DOT's communications and data transport needs in the future through its simplified, flexible and cost effective infrastructure.

Nortel was the global market share leader in multiservice switching revenue for four years as of first quarter 2005, according to Synergy Research Group. With more than 45,000 systems shipped to over 1,500 customer networks, the Nortel Multiservice Switching family has proven field experience in delivering carrier-grade reliability and service flexibility for mission critical enterprise and service provider networks worldwide. Nineteen countries and numerous municipalities and government agencies around the world - including the United States Department of Defense, Commonwealth of Kentucky, UK Ministry of Defence, Taiwan National Police Agency, and UK National Air Traffic Services - rely on the Nortel Multiservice Switch portfolio to protect their critical data and reliably deliver services and information to their citizens.

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