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Illinois Emergency Dispatch Network Counts on Exalt

Exalt microwave backhaul systems increase mission-critical network reliability, slash costs, and deliver rapid ROI

CAMPBELL, Calif., January 4, 2011 – Exalt Communications today announced that Western Will County Communications Center (WESCOM), an emergency services dispatch organization serving western Will County, Illinois, has deployed Exalt microwave backhaul systems to carry mission-critical voice and data traffic between its operations center and first responders. WESCOM serves nineteen agencies near Joliet, Illinois, providing dispatch radio services for seven police agencies and twelve fire protection districts that safeguard an estimated 300,000 residents. The Exalt systems have replaced leased dedicated phone lines in the dispatch network backbone, eliminating monthly recurring costs, dramatically improving overall network reliability, and providing a rapid return on investment.

“Our network wasn’t as reliable as we need it to be to ensure the safety of our first responders and the communities they serve, and the cost of leasing lines was really eating into our budget,” said Steve Rauter, executive director of WESCOM. “The Exalt microwave backhaul systems deliver the performance and reliability critical to our member agencies, and at a much lower cost.”

The Exalt all-outdoor systems were deployed by A Beep, LLC (www.ABeep.com), an Exalt partner located in Joliet, Illinois. The systems use the 4.9 GHz frequency band, which is reserved for public safety use in the United States. Thanks to Exalt’s superior technology, the systems provide fiber-quality connectivity over distances of up to 15 miles with “five nines” reliability, even during harsh winter snowstorms. Each Exalt system is configured to provide 4 T1 lines for VHF radio traffic plus 55 megabits per second of Ethernet traffic, which the organization plans to use for remote site monitoring and eventual integration with a similar Exalt system in nearby Grundy County, Illinois.

“Public safety agencies like WESCOM, whose networks are truly mission-critical, are tasked with finding ways to ensure the highest network reliability while leveraging every available dollar in their budgets,” said Amir Zoufonoun, president and CEO of Exalt Communications. “We help meet these challenges by providing systems that deliver carrier-grade reliability, are easy to deploy and manage, eliminate costly leased lines, provide rapid payback, and ensure painless network migration from TDM to IP – benefits that enable public safety agencies to run more efficiently, prepare for the future, and better protect their first responders and communities.”

The Exalt Microwave Backhaul Product Portfolio
All Exalt microwave backhaul systems – indoor, outdoor, and split-mount – offer guaranteed link availability, guaranteed throughput and low, constant latency. Systems are available in world bands from 2 to 43 GHz and in capacities from 10 Mbps to more than 1000 Mbps per channel, providing a range of options to fit countless network applications. Designed to enable a smooth transition to IP, they offer native support for both TDM and Ethernet, and are fully software configurable and upgradeable. For easy and secure management using third-party network management systems, Exalt systems support SNMP v1, v2c and v3. Data security is provided by available FIPS 197-compliant AES 128-bit and 256-bit encryption that adds zero latency to the transmission. To simplify installation and maintenance, all Exalt systems feature an embedded manual and most include a built-in spectrum analyzer.

About Exalt Communications

Exalt Communications provides next-generation microwave backhaul systems to service providers, government organizations and enterprises worldwide. Exalt systems are designed to solve the network bottlenecks associated with the growing demand for IP- based voice, data and video applications and the resulting migration from TDM to IP-based networks. With a flexible architecture and universal product platform covering multiple market segments, Exalt provides a full range of microwave radio systems that meet the demand for cost-effective and flexible alternatives to fiber and leased lines. www.exaltcom.com

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