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Exalt Connects Fire Services in Heavily Populated Illinois County

Reliable, High-Speed Microwave Radio System Supports Mission-Critical Emergency Dispatch and Mapping Data

Campbell, Calif., July 14, 2009 — Exalt Communications, the company that is reinventing microwave backhaul, announced today that the Addison Fire Protection District in DuPage County, Illinois, has chosen Exalt EX-4.9i all-indoor digital microwave radio systems to reliably deliver dispatch calls and to  provide location information, traffic alerts, call specifics, mapping and other data vital to its mission. DuPage County spans 337 square miles west of downtown Chicago and has nearly 1 million residents, making it the second-largest county in Illinois. It is also home to 29 fire protection districts.

“When we linked our communications system with the county-wide DuCom emergency response network, we had an opportunity to move off a leased business-class microwave link and onto something that has higher capacity, and can support voice as well as data traffic,” said John Sullivan, an Addison FPD firefighter and paramedic who is in charge of communications for the organization. “Exalt radio systems came highly recommended by other public safety agencies, and the radios have been completely reliable even during the worst winter we’ve had around here in a long time.”

The Exalt EX-4.9i microwave radio systems were deployed by A Beep, Illinois’ largest operator of specialized radio systems. The radios operate in the licensed public safety radio band and can support up to 55 Mbps of Ethernet data and up to four T1 lines with the company’s exclusive CarrierTDD™ technology, which provides 99.999% throughput availability. Although the system was initially deployed to support only voice, the district later used the Exalt EX-4.9i web-based management system to configure 27 Mbps of Ethernet data without the need to travel to the radios themselves.

“Public safety agencies have used microwave communications for years, but Exalt offers a new generation of innovative products that deliver superior performance and reliability,” said Amir Zoufonoun, CEO of Exalt. “With the EX-4.9i radio system, the Addison Fire Protection District has a system that fully responds to its requirements today and can scale to support additional traffic well into the future.”

All Exalt radio systems – licensed and license-exempt – are carrier-class systems delivering 99.999% link availability, guaranteed throughput and low, constant latency. Systems are available in frequencies from 2 to 40 GHz and in capacities up to 440 Mbps, 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 licensed and license-exempt microwave systems to service providers, government organizations and enterprises worldwide. Exalt products 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 carrier-class microwave radio systems that meet the demand for cost-effective and flexible alternatives to fiber and leased lines. For more information, visit

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