By Angela Prasad
Proxim Wireless, a subsidiary of Terabeam Wireless, is supplying the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) with mission-critical communications infrastructure to provide emergency relief in disaster-stricken countries including Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan.
Proxim Wireless, a subsidiary of Terabeam Wireless, is supplying the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) with mission-critical communications infrastructure to provide emergency relief in disaster-stricken countries including Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan. The WFP has deployed over 100 wireless points and backhaul links.
“Proxim’s products were chosen due to its ease of implementation, competitive prices, reliability in the field, availability of stock within the region and the availability of local support through a global network of reseller and integrator partners,” says Peter Casier, director of the WFP Support Office.
The humanitarian body, which delivers 5.5 million tons of food aid to an average of 113 million people in over 80 countries, often encounters road and communications infrastructure issues. For example, the three countries have no means of voice and data communications delivery in areas where the WFP’s assistance is most required. In order to resolve the situation, WFP’s technical team decided to work with NexTech to establish broadband wireless networks using a satellite services for the backbone, Proxim QuickAP-700’s and AP-4000s for local access.
“These networks may only be needed for six months or less, but the infrastructure can be moved and redeployed as needed. They also provide multiple benefits. For instance, they enable WFP employees access to e-mail and the internet and provide real-time sharing of information with implementing partners in or en route to areas served by the WFP,” Casier explains.
Proxim says it has a long heritage of supporting relief and rebuilding efforts following catastrophic events. “Proxim has an unparalleled reputation for technology leadership, global reach and world-class support, and along with WFP and NexTech, we have demonstrated these strengths stand up to the harshest of conditions,” enthuses Lionel Chmilewsky, vice president of international sales at Proxim.