SOURCE: Proxim Wireless

January 16, 2007 09:00 ET

World's Largest Particle Physics Laboratory Selects Proxim Wireless Mesh Products for "Outside the Box" Wi-Fi® Mesh Application

European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) Uses Proxim ORiNOCO® Mesh Access Points to Extend Network Range and Provide Continuous Monitoring

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 16, 2007 -- Proxim Wireless Corporation, a global pioneer of end-to-end solutions in Wi-Fi mesh, WiMAX, WLAN, and wireless backhaul and wholly owned subsidiary of Terabeam, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRBM), today announced that the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the world's largest particle physics laboratory and the birthplace of the World Wide Web, is using Proxim's ORiNOCO AP-4000 mesh access points to extend the range of the laboratory's Wi-Fi network and to provide continuous monitoring of the lab's calorimeters as they descend into the underground cavern where experiments are conducted.

CERN's network services team deployed Proxim's mesh access points within the cavern to overcome network interference issues being caused by metal, reflections, and the existence of multiple networks. Additionally, the new Proxim mesh network enables continuous monitoring of accelerations as the calorimeters (multi-ton particle detectors) are lowered into the cavern. The cavern is located 100 meters (approximately 328 feet) underground, and monitoring is critical to detect any shocks which might affect the highly sensitive measuring equipment.

"We asked Proxim to help us solve very real problems, and the company delivered a solution that has exceeded our expectations. Proxim's creative approach using mesh technology eliminates our network interference problems, provides for continuous monitoring of our calorimeters, and further optimizes our productivity," said Olaf van der Vossen, Network Services and Operation Section Leader at CERN.

Some 6,500 scientists and engineers, representing 500 universities and 80 nationalities, work on experiments conducted at CERN. CERN's main function is to provide the particle accelerators and other infrastructure needed for high energy physics research. It operates a network of six accelerators and a decelerator. Each machine in the chain increases the energy of particle beams before delivering them to experiments or to the next more powerful accelerator.

Lionel Chmilewsky, Senior Vice President, Proxim International, commented, "Our relationship with CERN and our ability to respond to their unique needs underscores the technological and practical capabilities of our mesh products as well as our strong real-world understanding of how to overcome actual operating challenges. While the CERN mesh network is certainly not typical, it is proof of Proxim's expertise in mesh and our willingness to help customers worldwide solve whatever wireless network challenges they face."

About the Proxim Wireless Outdoor Mesh Product Family

The ORiNOCO AP-4000 family of ruggedized, dual-radio wireless mesh access points deployed to support CERN is based on the world-renowned ORiNOCO enterprise-class Wi-Fi platform for metropolitan scale deployments. Proxim has sold more than one million ORiNOCO enterprise-class Wi-Fi access points which have been deployed around the world, and the mesh products are an extension of this product family. The ORiNOCO Mesh Creation Protocol (OMCP) was added to the ORiNOCO enterprise-class Wi-Fi access points to allow the creation of self-forming and self-healing non-line of sight (NLOS) mesh networks. One of the unit's radios provides Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) end user access, while the other radio -- in the same compact product enclosure -- provides mesh backhaul using a pre-802.11s protocol. By using two radios operating at different frequencies, system capacity is doubled, and interference is significantly reduced. Furthermore, the mesh protocol secures links using AES encryption, supports both fixed mesh (all APs mounted statically) or mobile mesh (in-vehicle versions of the mesh AP interacting with APs mounted statically) configurations, and VLAN information is kept intact over mesh links to enable virtual networking. Another advantage is quality of service (QoS) enabling converged, but differentiated, carriage of voice, video and data traffic.

About Proxim Wireless

Proxim Wireless Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Terabeam, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRBM). Proxim Wireless is a global pioneer in developing and supplying scalable broadband wireless networking systems for enterprises, governments, and service providers. From Wi-Fi to wireless Gigabit Ethernet -- our WLAN, mesh, point-to-multipoint, and point-to-point products are available through our extensive global channel network, backed by world-class support. Proxim is a Principal Member of the WiMAX Forum and is ISO-9001 certified. Information about Proxim and its products and support can be found at

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