August 11, 2008
iFORTE and Firetide Launch Fiber, Mesh and Wi-Fi Access Infrastructure for Ubiquitous Connectivity in Metropolitan Jakarta
As part of an initiative to bring wireless services to Jakarta residents and businesses, iFORTE, Indonesia's premier service provider and IT integrator, is now offering comprehensive public wireless Internet access in one of the world's most modern malls in Jakarta, Indonesia's capital city. iFORTE deployed more than 200 Firetide wireless access points to provide Wi-Fi throughout the new "lifestyle mall" that houses shops, restaurants, meeting rooms, offices, and apartments in three separate buildings, two of which have more than 30 floors. Access points, coupled with Firetide mesh nodes, were even placed in elevators to offer continuous wireless Internet access for mobile consumers. The deployment is part of an ongoing cooperation between iFORTE and Firetide to build metropolitan Jakarta's largest network, which combines fiber-optic, mesh and Wi-Fi, and already boasts over 150 miles of fiber along main streets and business districts.
The newly-connected mall, named fX Lifestyle X'nter, caters to young executive professionals from 25 to 45 for both business and leisure. iFORTE provides fiber connections to every office and apartment for voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), Internet protocol television (IPTV), and other data services. Firetide access points are connected to the existing fiber infrastructure - or to Firetide mesh nodes wherever fiber is not available - to provide Wi-Fi in all indoor and outdoor areas of the mall. Access at speeds of up to 5 Mbps is available via paid subscriptions for building residents and office workers; mall visitors pay for day passes.
"Fast and reliable Wi-Fi access to the Internet is imperative to the customers, residents and workers at fX Lifestyle X'nter," said Andrie Tjioe, director of iFORTE. "Having worked with Firetide on other projects, we knew their access points and mesh nodes could cover the dynamic layout of the buildings with bandwidth almost three times higher than the competing bids. Offering this in addition to fiber helps make the mall one of the most attractive places to live, work and relax in bustling Jakarta."
The installation of the WLAN network is nearly complete with 218 indoor and five outdoor Firetide HotPoint(R) access points - 80 of those servicing the actual shopping center. The rest of the access points are distributed within the residence and office buildings, with six to 10 per floor. Twenty-two Firetide HotPort(R) mesh nodes were used throughout the facility to extend the wireless network to outdoor areas and places difficult to reach with fiber, such as elevators.
Future plans for the fX Lifestyle X'nter network include adding wireless video surveillance cameras to help manage and redirect automobile traffic. Long term plans are to offer IPTV and VoIP via Wi-Fi. Similar to Internet access, IPTV and VoIP services are already offered via the fiber network, and the wireless network will be built out to support these additional services.
"We're finding our access points are being chosen for WLANs in places challenged with connectivity obstacles and in scenarios that require a lot of bandwidth," said Bo Larsson, chief executive officer of Firetide. "As the leading provider of Internet and data communication solutions in Indonesia, iFORTE has an excellent understanding of our wireless access and mesh technologies. This combination of fiber and mesh shows how iFORTE is able to think outside the box and use advanced technologies in new ways to provide real-life solutions."
About Firetide Inc.
Firetide is the leading provider of wireless mesh and access networks that enable concurrent video, voice, and data for municipal, public safety, and enterprise applications. Firetide HotPort(R) mesh nodes, HotPoint(R) access points, HotClient(TM) CPEs, HotView Controller(TM), and HotView Pro(TM) network management platform provide a reliable high performance wireless infrastructure and access solution for video surveillance, Internet access, public safety networks and temporary networks wherever rapid deployment, mobility and ease of installation are required. Headquartered in Los Gatos, Calif., Firetide is a privately held company with worldwide product distribution. www.firetide.com.
iFORTE Solusi Infotek is a 300-strong IT solution provider serving customers in diverse businesses. The company was founded in March 2002, and began its service upon securing a license for VSAT operation at the national level. At the end of 2002, iForte acquired Power LAN Indonesia, a subsidiary of PowerLAN Australia. This acquisition added Microsoft Axapta (now called Microsoft Dynamics) and Invensys Protean teams to iForte. Since 2002, iForte has established itself as a premier ISP serving the corporate market. In April 2008, iFORTE launched its M-WIFO (Mobile-WiFi Fiber Optic) service which covers metropolitan Jakarta.