12/9/2003 - Birdstep Technology, a developer of wireless infrastructure software for mobile IP and secure wireless access, announced that Birdstepís IP Zone Server has been chosen by the Airports Company South Africa for deployment in South Africaís major airports.
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) owns and operates South Africa\'s nine principal airports, including the three major international airports in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) is the biggest and busiest airport in Africa. These three major airports are targeted for the initial deployment of Birdstepís technology.
The Birdstep IP Zone product was selected for its flexible deployment architecture and integration capabilities. The Birdstep solution will enable ACSA customers to seamlessly roam with secure and continuous connectivity between WLAN Zones and GSM/GPRS/CDMA networks through integrated support for Mobile IP.
The solution to ACSA was delivered based on technology components from Birdstep, with integration and deployment services from OSI Airport Systems, a leading South African systems integration company.
ďOur technology was preferred for its ease of installation and flexible deployment architecture, as well as integration capabilitiesĒ, says Market & Product Manager Stefano Holguin of Birdstep Technology.
ďWe are very pleased with the technical solution offered by Birdstep Technology. In addition, the pricing structure of the IP Zone software provide us a simple pay-as-you-grow model that fits us bestĒ, says Rory Mackey, Group Executive: Commercial of the Airports Company South Africa.
Birdstep Wireless Access Software Portfolio consists of the Birdstep IP Zone Server for secure access and authentication, the Nomadic Portal for enabling local free and billable services and device-independent publication of local information by means of XML structured content, and the Billing Abstraction Layer for implementing multiple billing methods, such as credit card payments, subscription memberships, pre-paid, etc. The solution supports high-speed access to information and services for users of PDAs and laptops. Secure and continuous connectivity between WLAN Zones and GSM/GPRS networks will in the future be achieved by means of the integrated support for Mobile IP.
About Birdstep Technology
Birdstep Technology is traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE) under ticker \'BIRD\'. The company has headquarters in Oslo and Seattle in addition to offices in London, Boston and San Francisco. Birdstepís small footprint, high performance database technologies combined with its wireless roaming and access software enables companies to build innovative solutions for embedded systems and the Mobile Internet. Birdstep makes your information accessible anytime, anywhere, on any device and on any infrastructure. Birdstepís global customers include 3Com (COMS), VERITAS (VRTS), Harman Becker Automotive Systems, HP (HPQ), Accenture (ACN), Telenor (TELN), PCTel (PCTI), Connect One and the National Stock Exchange of India. For more information, visit www.birdstep.com.
About Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)
Since it began operations ten years ago, ACSA has succeeded in transforming a fragmented bureaucratic state-owned enterprise into a focused, profitable commercial organization that is market driven and service orientated. Where the taxpayer previously subsidized airportsí operation, ACSA has earned the South African National Treasury the equivalent of US$370 million in dividends, taxation and share sale revenue. Today ACSA also represents a valuable investment to Aeroporti di Roma, who have a 20% shareholding in ACSA.
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