KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – July 4, 2006: When the Space Shuttle program continues its return to flight this summer with STS-121 (Discovery’s missions to the International Space Station), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Kennedy Space Center will be once again enabled for Wi-Fi access for journalists and other members of the media.
With this network, reporters on the ground at the six-acre NASA Press Site will have the flexibility to use their wireless-enabled laptops and handheld computing devices to seamlessly and securely access the Internet, e-mail, file sharing and other applications. Designed to deliver user mobility, the Wireless Mesh Network will provide reporters with secure and continuous access to the network while moving throughout the observation area, increasing productivity by allowing them to report on the story in real-time.
Pronto Networks’ UniFi OSS platform, along with Nortel Networks Wireless Mesh Network solution, enabled the complete wireless network at the Kennedy Space Center to ‘go live’ in just a matter of days, not weeks. Pronto Networks key capabilities for this deployment include user registration, secure authentication, subscriber management, flexible billing, customer portal customization, and remote network management. This allowed NASA to quickly re-establish Wi-Fi services in the Press Center for the space launch in July 2006, and for subsequent missions. The Wi-Fi deployment was a continuation of its successful deployment of Wi-Fi services for its “Return to Flight” mission last year. As was the case in the summer of 2005, Pronto Networks is enabling all the back-office functionality for the wireless network and is hosting the service from its data center in San Jose, Calif.
The NASA Press Site is well suited to wireless mesh technology. Wireless mesh can also be used to provide high-speed communications in war zones, on military bases and university campuses, and at disaster sites, border crossings, airports, convention centers, indoor and outdoor sporting venues, and other public and private locations. Further information on the types of revenue generating options, and for innovative methods of underwriting the Wi-Fi deployment, please visit the Pronto Networks website at http://www.prontonetworks.com/nasa_space_shuttle_launch.html
About Pronto Networks
Pronto Networks, based in Pleasanton, Calif., provides a carrier-class operations support system (OSS) that enables service providers to rapidly and cost-effectively provision, deploy and manage large-scale, broadband wireless networks. The company’s core software product, UniFi OSS Platform, handles provisioning, multiple authentication options, subscriber management, captive portal customization, prepaid and post-paid billing, customer care, remote network management and roaming settlement. It also serves as a flexible platform for delivering next-generation services. Pronto Networks is funded by BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the third consecutive year. In 2003, the company received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, visit www.prontonetworks.com.
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