Birdstep Mobile IP Client Homes in on SurfNet WLAN Test Bed

4/7/2004 - The same consortium that over the past few months has built the 'mobile broadband testbed' using the Birdstep IP Zone software has now signed an SLA with Birdstep to use the Birdstep Mobile IP client in their testbed. The consortium includes CGE&Y and ProRail, together with several founding partners including SURFnet (Dutch nationwide ISP for the academic world), Twente University of Technology, and VolkerStevin (one of the largest Dutch construction companies). In the coming year a number of both employee- and consumer-driven mobility solutions will be tested.

SURFnet was looking for the provision of large-scale high-bandwidth wireless data-connectivity as a service. The main focus is a common implementation of an Authentication and Authorization scheme (based on RADIUS). The main Access Technology is WLAN (IEEE 802.11b with 802.1X as Authentication and Authorization mechanism). Furthermore, aspects like seamless handover between WLAN and GPRS networks are very important.

Birdstep Technology is already a technology contributor to the consortium with the Birdstep IP Zone software. The latest addition of the Birdstep Mobile IP Client brings secure seamless mobility into the mobile solutions to be tested. Cap Gemini Ernst and Young (CGE&Y) is in charge of project leadership, installation and implementation.

”Once again, our successful partnership with Cap Gemini Ernst and Young Nederland B.V. (CGE&Y) has brought our solution to a very exiting project. The inclusion of the Mobile IP client will bring exciting mobile applications and solutions to real life scenarios.” says Stefano Holguin in Birdstep Technology.

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. Birdstep’s 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. Birdstep’s 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

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