7/1/2003 - Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX), a leader in unified systems design for the communications, military and commercial markets, announced it is working with Bridgewater Systems, a provider of dynamic IP and data service fulfillment and assurance solutions, to provide carriers with SIM-based Wi-Fi authentication solutions for their GSM wireless networks.
Performance Technologies' GSM SIM card validation products and Bridgewater Systems' solutions combine to provide end users with the ability to use laptops and PDAs to access the Internet at broadband speeds -- up to 11 Mbps using wireless LANs (WLANs) -- while authentication and billing occur on their existing GSM carrier cellular accounts.
"Bringing to market enhanced Wi-Fi security solutions was the next logical step in our GSM product strategy, "said Doug Somers, executive vice president, business development and alliances, Bridgewater Systems. "We are pleased to be working with Performance Technologies to help GSM-based mobile operators around the world address the rising demand for Wi-Fi access services."
Bridgewater Systems provides 802.11 authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA), revenue collection and formatting (mediation) capabilities for GSM carriers offering Wi-Fi services. Its existing EAP/SIM GSM offering will be compliant with relevant draft technical standards from the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Performance Technologies provides authentication of the SIM card based on the GSM Association draft standards for EAP/SIM over SS7. Performance Technologies brings a wide range of SS7 experience and has implemented SIM authorization on the GSM network on an array of HLRs in Europe, Asia and North America.
"Performance Technologies has been delivering the authentication function of Wi-Fi solutions to customers for over a year," said Reg Cable, general manager of Performance Technologies' Signaling Systems Group. "Adding Bridgewater Systems' robust, carrier-grade solutions for a variety of mobile environments, we're confident our customers will benefit from our combined efforts."
About Bridgewater Systems
Bridgewater Systems provides dynamic IP and data service fulfillment and assurance solutions that enable service providers to generate profits from their networks while enhancing customer loyalty. The modular Bridgewater Systems product suite extracts greater value from existing operations support systems (OSS), business support systems (BSS) and network assets to enable service providers to realize new revenue sources. Unlike traditional OSS vendors, Bridgewater Systems' proven products deliver on-demand dynamic IP and data services, offer extensive revenue capture capabilities, provide out-of-the-box value and can be deployed in weeks -- instead of months.
Bridgewater Systems products are currently deployed by top-tier global service providers such as Bell Mobility, ICG Communications, Covad and Telia. Founded in 1997, Bridgewater Systems is a privately held company.
About Performance Technologies
Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX) is a leading developer of embedded computing products and system-level solutions for equipment manufacturers and service providers worldwide. With competencies in compute platforms, IP/Ethernet switching, communications software, wide area networking, SS7/IP interworking and high availability, the Company offers unified products for existing and emerging applications. Serving the industry for over 20 years, the Company's solutions focus on time-to-market, performance and cost advantages for companies in the communications, military and commercial markets.
Performance Technologies is headquartered in Rochester, New York. Additional operational and engineering facilities are located in San Diego and San Luis Obispo, California and Ottawa, Canada. For more information, visit www.pt.com.
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