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LightPointe Introduces World’s First Ruggedized 60 GHz Radio Designed for Indoor and Outdoor Industrial Wireless Applications, and Harsh Environments

IndustrialLink IL60 is an industrial wireless radio engineered for robust Gigabit capacity and reliability for a myriad of applications, including Industry 4.0.

San Diego, CA – June 12, 2017: LightPointe, a leading manufacturer of millimeter wave point-to-point radios and laser bridges used for ultra high capacity building-to-building connectivity, has introduced the world’s first ruggedized 60 GHz wireless bridge for industrial wireless applications and harsh environments. The IndustrialLink IL60 was designed for Gigabit capacity point to point deployments such as in factories, Machine to Machine (M2M) communications, rail-based and other moving platforms, and related applications where more robust and rugged radios—engineered to handle vibration and movement—can provide high reliability and long product lifespan. LightPointe’s industrial wireless radio is shipping now.

“LightPointe’s IndustrialLink IL60 wireless bridge is a ruggedized, special purpose 60 GHz point to point radio designed for robust performance in applications with vibration or movement, such as on rail-based manufacturing platforms, robotic equipment, as well as in special applications in harsh environments,” said Dr. Heinz Willebrand, CEO of LightPointe. “There are a myriad of applications which demand a more rugged radio and mount, which are beyond the design of radios engineered for building connectivity, 4G and 5G, and small cells. For example, LightPointe’s 60 GHz radios have been deployed in a steel factory on a mobile rail-based platform to communicate operational and quality parameters during steel production. The IndustrialLink IL60 is designed for such situations prone to vibration, movement, and varying distances between radios. It can operate from a flexible range of from 1 foot to about one mile, thanks to exclusive features such as LightPointe’s power control and 9 levels of Automatic Coding and Modulation (ACM). There are simply no other radios available with such robust hardware design and smart, self-optimizing performance.”

Applications:


  • Harsh environments.


  • M2M (Machine to Machine) communications, such as sensor and metering data, quality monitoring, operational parameters, safety information, Industry 4.0/Cyber Physical Systems.


  • Mobile Automated Guided Carts (AGC), autonomous robots, rail-based platforms (e.g., manufacturing, automation, amusement park attractions).


  • Transportation (ships, trains).


  • Temporary wireless deployments (concerts, military theater, emergency communications restoration).


About LightPointe
LightPointe (www.LightPointe.com) manufactures wireless Gigabit capacity bridges for enterprises and 4G / 5G LTE. The company is also the leader in Ultra Low Latency (ULL) wireless bridges for High Frequency Trading (HFT) networks.





LightPointe takes the 80 GHz Wireless Fiber Lead with World’s First 20 Gigabit Microwave Link, Leapfrogging Competing Solutions

AireLink 80 10Gig and AireLink 80 20Gig solutions are the longest distance, highest bandwidth radios in the industry.

San Diego, CA & New York, NY – May 15, 2017: LightPointe, a leading manufacturer of millimeter wave point-to-point radios and laser bridges used for ultra high capacity building-to-building connectivity, continues its leadership in 80 GHz backhaul radios by adding 10 Gbps and 20 Gbps solutions to its AireLink Series. LightPointe’s AireLink 80 10Gig system requires only one radio on each side of the link to achieve 10 Gbps full duplex data throughput. And the AireLink 80 20Gig utilizes advanced Orthomode Transducer (OMT) polarization technology to achieve an astonishing 20 Gbps full duplex capacity, for a total aggregated link capacity of 40 Gbps—20 Gbps each direction, simultaneously. In addition, the AireLink 80 10Gig and 20Gig solutions come with a choice of three high gain field-changeable antennas, 1 foot, 2 foot, and 3 foot, making them the longest distance, highest bandwidth radio solutions in the millimeter wave industry. They are ideal for a broad range of network topologies including Point-to-Point, Metro Ring/Metropolitan Area Network, Mesh, and Multi-Point Star Architectures. The benefits of having the industry’s highest transmission power of up to 25 dBm—combined with the highest gain millimeter-wave antennas available—positions these systems at the pinnacle of distance and bandwidth performance.

“LightPointe’s AireLink 80 10Gig and 20Gig backhaul solutions provide up to four times the capacity of our nearest competitors,” said Dr. Heinz Willebrand, CEO of LightPointe and recognized as one of the ‘Forty innovators building the foundation of the next-gen electronics industry’ by EE Times. “Our AireLink 80 10Gig and AireLink 80 20Gig provide unsurpassed capacity and reliability. And by using modulations up to QAM-256, these solutions require less spectrum for 10 and 20 Gigabit operation, providing unrivaled spectral efficiency. And to protect our customers’ investment, we’ve made the AireLink 10Gig solution field-upgradeable to 20Gig, so buyers of the 10Gig system can later double its capacity if desired. Our AireLink Series is ideal for businesses, telecom carriers, and ISPs desiring ‘future proof’ wireless fiber solutions as their networks grow and handle increasingly higher data and video demands.”


Such point-to-point radios are deployed by businesses, 4G and 5G telecom carriers, and other organizations to transmit massive streams of data between buildings or towers, thus avoiding the installation and recurring costs of trenching for fiber.

Features:
- Full duplex 20 Gbps, for a total aggregated link capacity of up to 40 Gbps.
- AireLink 80 10Gig model requires only one radio on each side of the link.
- Multiple non-interfering frequency channels.
- Choice of antennas (1ft/30cm, 2ft/60cm, 3ft/90cm).
- Hitless adaptive coding/modulation ensures availability.

About LightPointe
LightPointe (www.LightPointe.com) manufactures wireless Gigabit capacity bridges for enterprises and 4G / 5G LTE. The company is also the leader in Ultra Low Latency (ULL) wireless bridges for High Frequency Trading (HFT) networks.






LightPointe Expands its AireLink 80 GHz Series of Millimeter Wave Solutions, Creating Industry’s Broadest Line of Multi-Gigabit Wireless Bridge Solutions

A new long distance 3 foot antenna configuration, and new ultra-small 80 GHz radio provide full duplex Gigabit capacity data transmission, and high availability without having to trench for fiber.

San Diego, California – April 26, 2017: LightPointe, a leading manufacturer of millimeter wave point-to-point radios and laser bridges used for ultra high capacity building-to-building data network connectivity, security camera backhaul, and wireless backhaul for service providers has added two new radio configurations to its 80 GHz radio portfolio. The AireLink 80 Series now includes four radio configurations with antennas ranging from a small and attractive 8 inch model, for deployment in ETSI countries in Europe, to a large 3 foot system capable of transmitting over 12 miles, depending on geographic location and availability requirements. Such point-to-point radios are deployed by businesses, 4G and 5G telecom carriers, and other organizations to transmit massive streams of data between buildings or towers, thus avoiding the installation and recurring costs of trenching for fiber.

“LightPointe’s AireLink 80 Series of wireless millimeter wave radios is designed for enterprise building-to-building/campus connectivity, ISPs, security camera backhaul networks, and mobile wireless service providers seeking fiber-like multi-gigabit backhaul capacity,” said Dr. Heinz Willebrand, CEO of LightPointe and recognized as one of the ‘Forty innovators building the foundation of the next-gen electronics industry’ by EE Times. “Our affordable and state-of-the-art backhaul radios can be equipped with four high gain parabolic antennas of different sizes for shorter and longer distance applications. In addition, AireLink radios are available with built-in Bluetooth street-level remote link and performance monitoring, a unique smartphone enabled LightPointe feature which aids in installation, mapping,  and ongoing monitoring.”

With up to ‘5 nines’ availability, which means less downtime than 5.26 minutes a year, millimeter wave Wireless Fiber systems are now the preferred method for connecting buildings and cell towers. Aside from being lower cost than trenching or leasing fiber, LightPointe’s AireLink Series enables organizations to own their own private network and help protect sensitive employee and customer data from eavesdropping and cyber security issues, which is obviously a huge challenge and potential liability in today’s world.

“In addition, by using LightPointe’s Dual Pole Adapter, customers can easily double the bandwidth by adding another AireLink 80 radio to an existing radio installation and double the bandwidth and throughput,” continued Dr. Willebrand. “Most importantly, our goal with the AireLink 80 Series was to create a ‘future-proof’ solution which can grow with the demands of the customer’s network via innovative and flexible software license upgrades. This makes the AireLink 80 Series a safe, longterm investment, which also provides a fast ROI compared to alternative radios or fiber.”

AireLink Series radios are manufactured in San Diego, California at LightPointe’s Advanced Design and Production Facility. LightPointe is dedicated to quality and is a certified ISO 9001:2008 company with sales and technical support located worldwide.

About LightPointe
LightPointe (www.LightPointe.com) is a San Diego-based manufacturer of multi-Gigabit 60 GHz radios, 80 GHz radios and Free Space Optics laser bridges for enterprise and 4G/LTE carrier markets, including small cell backhaul. The company also manufactures a line of Ultra Low Latency (ULL) wireless bridges utilized for High Frequency Trading (HFT) networks, Data Centers, Data Warehousing, and Cloud Networks. The company is owned by a billion-dollar Silicon Valley firm and employees. LightPointe has representatives worldwide, including Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Canada, China, Singapore, India, and Japan.





LightPointe’s 60 GHz Wireless Bridge is Deployed by Porsche Informatik for Fast and Reliable Data Communications Between Buildings

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The AireLink 60 provides full duplex Gigabit capacity data transmission, high availability, and superior security, without having to trench for fiber.

San Diego, California USA and Salzburg, Austria – March 20, 2017: LightPointe, a manufacturer of millimeter wave point-to-point radios and laser bridges used for ultra high capacity building to building data network connectivity, security camera backhaul, and wireless backhaul for service providers announced that Porsche Informatik, the IT company owned by Porsche Holding Salzburg and part of Volkswagen AG, successfully deployed the company’s 60 GHz wireless bridge. The AireLink 60 was installed to wirelessly connect buildings from one office building to another, and avoid the costs and permits which would have been required to trench for fiber cable across a busy street.

“It is a testament to LightPointe’s engineers that a prestigious information technology company such as Porsche Informatik would evaluate both wired and wireless solutions, then select LightPointe’s AireLink 60 radio bridge,” said Michael Schulz, Director of Sales for LightPointe’s Europe andMiddle East
operations. “Porsche Informatik is respected worldwide for their IT expertise, and we are honored that the company’s facility in Austria chose a LightPointe solution for their own business operations, which required fast and reliable data transmission between buildings.”

Porsche Informatik provides IT software and services to many of the world’s leading automotive companies, including Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, and others. The company’s Salzburg, Austria location includes several buildings requiring LAN connectivity for its engineers and other personnel.

“We are extremely pleased with both the quality of LightPointe’s wireless bridge and the reliability achieved connecting our buildings in Austria,” said Gottfried Atzenhofer, the system engineer responsible for the deployment by Porsche Informatik in Austria. “As a leading developer of software for the automotive industry, our engineers often create large files which require Gigabit 
capacity transmission, and absolute data security. LightPointe’s 60 GHz radio was chosen for its speed, excellent protection from data eavesdropping, and its nine levels of modulation which automatically optimizes the wireless bridge for maximum performance under all conditions.”

A Case Study is available on LightPointe’s website.

About LightPointe
LightPointe (www.LightPointe.com) is a San Diego manufacturer of wireless bridges for campus building-to-building connectivity, 4G and 5G LTE telecom networks, video security and surveillance networks, and industrial wireless applications.




LightPointe Deploys Four 60 GHz Point to Point Radios to Buildings for Pierce County Transit, Enabling 99.999% Reliable Internet Service, even in Rainy Washington State


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The AireLink 60 provides full duplex Gigabit capacity data transmission, high availability, and superior security, without having to trench for fiber.

San Diego, CA and Lakewood, WA USA – March 14, 2017: LightPointe, a manufacturer of millimeter wave point-to-point radios and laser bridges used for ultra high capacity building to building data network connectivity, security camera backhaul, and wireless backhaul for telecom service providers announced that a public transit department in Washington State successfully deployed four 60 GHz radiosto connect to nearby buildings. The AireLink 60 was installed to enable fast internet access and LAN connectivity for Pierce County Transit’s office campus.

“We’re honored that Pierce Transit, a nationally recognized leader in the public transportation industry, chose LightPointe’s high capacity 60 GHz solution,” said John Taylor, vice president of sales at LightPointe. “Within just two days, a two-person crew installed four AireLink 60 radios at four building locations, ensuring that Pierce Transit’s employees were quickly up and running with always-on internet access.”

LightPointe's AireLink wireless bridges set a new benchmark in 60 GHz technology for building-to-building connectivity. Based on over two years of research and development, these backhaul radios are the most affordable, advanced 60 GHz radios available and include a choice of three antennas. The innovative high gain “Lens” antenna is so advanced it “acts” like a much larger antenna, outperforming previous generation flat antennas. The AireLink 60 is also available in an industrial version for manufacturing and production environments, including movable rail-based and robotic applications.

“We are very impressed with LightPointe’s radio links, as service has not been interrupted since installation—even during heavy Pacific Northwest rain,” said Rich Kemp, senior network engineer for IPKeys Technologies, a leading information technology integrator. “We had four LightPointe radios installed and operating flawlessly within two days. The AireLink 60 is easy to install and has an excellent user interface, and the system’s nine levels of modulation handles inclement weather beautifully. It automatically adjusts for optimum data transmission speed in real time, handling even the worst weather. I will definitely recommend LightPointe again.”

About LightPointe
LightPointe (www.LightPointe.com) is a San Diego manufacturer of wireless bridges for campus building-to-building connectivity, 4G and 5G LTE telecom networks, video security and surveillance networks, and industrial wireless applications.





LightPointe, a Manufacturer of Wireless Bridges, Deploys Industrial Wireless Solution for ArcelorMittal, the World’s Largest Steel Producer

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LightPointe’s 60 GHz radio solution was installed to provide communications on a mobile platform to transmit multiple camera feeds.


San Diego, CA and Brussels, Belgium – February 16, 2017: LightPointe, a manufacturer of point to point radios and laser bridges used for data networks and security cameras, announced that ArcelorMittal (NYSE: MT), the world’s largest producer of steel, deployed its 60 GHz solutions in an industrial wireless application. In its steel production and manufacturing processes, ArcelorMittal was utilizing an existing system consisting of two 5 GHz radios to transmit videos from cameras on a large movable rail-based platform.

“This deployment of LightPointe radios in an industrial wireless application illustrates the benefits of 60 GHz radios in manufacturing and security camera environments, where safety, precision, and reliability are paramount,” said Dr. Heinz Willebrand, CEO of LightPointe. “LightPointe’s 60 GHz radio was connected to three Axis cameras, which monitor the steel plant’s rail platform and processes, and transmit PLC traffic. LightPointe’s AireLink 60 SX provides up to 100 times the bandwidth of the combined capacity of the two legacy 5 GHz radios which were replaced, and at much lower latency. Our 60 GHz radio is ideally suited for low latency real-time applications in the industrial communications sector, as well as building to building LAN connectivity.”

“We’re very pleased with the increase in performance achieved by replacing the radios we previously used to transmit camera videos at the ArcelorMittal steel production plant in Ghent, Belgium,” said Davy Schatteman, ArcelorMittal’s manager responsible for upgrading the industrial wireless system. “LightPointe’s radios enable us to transmit camera feeds with greater reliability even while the rail platform moves, which enhanced our ability to monitor the  production in real time, thus ensuring high quality and safety.”

The legacy system in place at the factory had high latency, slow transmission, and only provided a total of 6 Mbps of capacity. It was prone to radio frequency interference and reliability problems which led to video feeds not being transmitted well, especially during rail system movement.

“We selected LightPointe’s 60 GHz solution because of its compact design, low latency, and nine levels of adaptive modulation, which automatically optimizes the data rate for the security cameras,” said Erik Delcart, senior account manager for Black Box Network Services, a wireless distributor and integrator which recommended the LightPointe solution to ArcelorMittal. “In a steel manufacturing plant, where safety and quality of production are critical, it’s essential that all camera feeds transmit even during movement of the production rail platform.”

About LightPointe
LightPointe (www.LightPointe.com) is a San Diego manufacturer of wireless bridges for campus building-to-building connectivity, video security and surveillance networks, industrial communications networks, as well as the ISP and carrier backhaul market. .

About ArcelorMittal
ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and an industrial footprint in 19 countries. Guided by a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel, ArcelorMittal  is the leading supplier of quality steel in the major global steel markets including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with world-class research and development and outstanding distribution networks.

About Black Box Network Services
Black Box Network Services is the world’s largest independent provider of communications, infrastructure, and product solutions.






LightPointe Introduces 2nd Generation of the Industry’s Highest Powered, Longest Distance, and Lowest Latency 80 GHz Point to Point Backhaul Radios, Available in Six Configurations

Aire X-Stream Series, which is the de-facto standard in High Frequency Trading and other Ultra Low Latency networks, provides faster-than-fiber data transmission.

San Diego, CA – November 16, 2016: LightPointe, the number one manufacturer of outdoor point-to-point radios and laser bridges used for faster-than-fiber data networks, announced the introduction of six new 80 GHz e-band frequency backhaul radios, the second generation of its Ultra Low Latency (ULL) Aire X-Stream Series. The Aire X-Stream Series is the highest powered and lowest latency 80 GHz wireless solution in the world and has become the de-facto standard in networks requiring the absolute fastest data transmission, such as High Speed Trading (HFT) networks, military and homeland security applications, and other time-sensitive data and video backhaul environments.

“The second generation Aire X-Stream Series continues our leadership as the number one manufacturer of hybrid, gigabit capacity point to point wireless bridges,” said Dr. Heinz Willebrand, CEO of LightPointe. “These radios have become the de-facto industry standard in the world’s fastest data networks, which placed a high level responsibility on our shoulders to work closely with our customers on tangible enhancements to the first generation. The radios now have more power and are available in six configurations and three antenna options, including a new 3 foot Extra Long Range high gain antenna which provides the industry’s longest distances, enabling customers to connect buildings or towers up to ten miles or more apart, or daisy-chain links back to back for faster-than-fiber transmission between cities or even states and countries. With equipment latency hundreds of times better than alternative radios, nothing is faster than the Aire X-Stream Series for data transmission—not even fiber, which is far more expensive to deploy and can involve years obtaining regulatory and city infrastructure trenching and repair permits.”

LightPointe radios provide up to “Five Nines” availability, enabling downtime less than 5.26 minutes annually. The company has deployed over 20,000 wireless solutions since 1998. Its millimeter wave radios and Free Space Optics enable organizations—including businesses, hospitals, government agencies, and schools—to connect buildings wirelessly at 2.5 Gbps. 

About LightPointe

LightPointe (www.LightPointe.com) is a San Diego manufacturer of wireless bridges for enterprises and 4G/LTE carriers. The company is owned by a billion-dollar Silicon Valley firm and employees.






LightPointe Gigabit Capacity 60 GHz Radios Prove Ideal Solution for St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake, Connecting Buildings Wirelessly While Meeting HIPPA Compliance

AireLink 60 point to point wireless bridge avoids the need to trench for fiber or pay leased-line fees each month

San Diego CA – July 18, 2016:  LightPointe Communications, Inc. announced that its outdoor 60 GHz point to point wireless bridges were successfully deployed by St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake of Lake County, California, as an alternative to using fiber to connect buildings in a medical campus setting. LightPointe’s AireLink 60SX was installed to provide full duplex Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, while avoiding the cost and challenges associated with trenching for fiber or other wired solutions. The AireLink 60SX is an affordable wireless bridge which does not require licensing under FCC rules, making it extremely cost effective and capable of being installed very quickly as either a primary data transmission link, or as an emergency backup to service provider leased-line networks.

“St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake needed a HIPPA compliant, easy to install, Gigabit capacity connection between their medical buildings,” said John Taylor, vice president of sales for LightPointe. “As a previous customer of LightPointe, St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake was already familiar with the quality and performance of our wireless bridges and, after assessing their link requirement within their medical campus, we recommended our 60 GHz radio due to its all-weather reliability and advanced features.”

LightPointe’s 60 GHz, 70 GHz, and 80 GHz backhaul radios comply with HIPPA regulations. HIPPA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. It sets national standards for technology involved in healthcare transactions in order to protect the health information of individuals. Adherence to HIPPA regulations also makes LightPointe’s radios ideal for other sensitive applications, such as transmitting financial, personal identity, and monetary transactions which require optimum security and avoidance of eavesdropping and cybersecurity issues.

“As a repeat customer of LightPointe, we were already confident in their products and support,” said Jon McAllister, IT network engineer for St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake. “My objective was to quickly deploy a point to point link flexible enough to handle VoIP, large medical imaging files with jumbo frames, numerous hospital software applications, and also securely transmit patient records while adhering to HIPPA regulations. After reviewing various wired, fiber, and wireless alternatives, it became clear that LightPointe’s AireLink 60 provided the best features and security for our application, including nine levels of modulation which ensures up to 99.999% network availability. And by deploying a license-free 60 GHz wireless bridge, we avoided the costs and infrastructure damage and repairs associated with trenching for fiber, and were able to connect our buildings within thirty days with a product that works great 24-7 without any human intervention. And the hospital saves money, since there aren’t recurring monthly leased-line fees or regulatory licenses. The system pays for itself over time, which is great for both our bottom line and our patients.”

About LightPointe Communications, Inc.

LightPointe (www.LightPointe.com) is a San Diego-based manufacturer of wireless Gigabit capacity bridges for enterprise and 4G/LTE carrier markets, including small cell backhaul. The company also manufactures a line of Ultra Low Latency (ULL) wireless bridges utilized for High Frequency Trading (HFT) networks, Data Centers, Data Warehousing, and Cloud Networks. The company is owned by a billion-dollar Silicon Valley firm and employees. LightPointe has representatives worldwide, including Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Canada, China, Singapore, India, and Japan. 







LightPointe Investment in Visible Light Communications Pays Off as Company Backs Firefly Wireless Networks to Target Multi-Billion Dollar Visible Light Communications and LiFi Market

Firefly emerges from two years of “stealth mode,” with patents and first products.

San Diego CA and Shangai, China (GSMA Mobile World Congress show) – June 29, 2016:  LightPointe Communications, Inc., which is the dominant manufacturer of long range outdoor point to point wireless bridges using radio frequency and laser technology, announced that it has formed and co-owns a new company aimed at the emerging hot tech sector referred to as Visible Light Communications and LiFi, orLight Fidelity. The new company, Firefly Wireless Networks LCC, has launched after two years in “stealth mode,” with LightPointe’s R&D labs in San Diego, California serving as the technology incubator. Firefly is owned by LightPointe Communications, the number one manufacturer of hybrid 60 GHz radios, 80 GHz radios, and Free Space Optics solutions, Berg and Berg Enterprises, a multi-billion dollar venture capital firm, and Teleconnect GmbH, a telecommunications engineering company.

Firefly Wireless Networks’ engineers have already received patents in the Visible Light Communications (VLC) sector, and have developed initial products for highly secure data communications utilizing light, rather than WiFi and other radio frequency transmission technologies. VLC and LiFi technologies have recently gained attention as an alternative to WiFi and such RF communications methods, since WiFi and RF spectrum have become congested and are prone to interference and reliability issues. In addition, by using light spectrum—which is up to 10,000 times more plentiful than radio frequency spectrum— communications are virtually impossible to intercept, thus avoiding cyber security and eavesdropping threats. This makes VLC ideal for sensitive government and commercial networks, as well as mass market implementations in which low cost connectivity is required between devices.

“After operating discreetly in stealth mode for two years, we are excited to finally announce Firefly Wireless Networks,” said Dr. Heinz Willebrand, who is serving as CEO of Firefly, and also continues to serve as Founder and CEO of LightPointe. “LightPointe invested resources and created Firefly to focus on what is one of the hottest technology growth sectors on the horizon, Visible Light Communications, which due to the proliferation of LED lighting and LED use in commercial and residential devices, is expected to be a multi-billion dollar industry in the coming years. VLC technologies are one of the communication methods which the so-called Internet of Things will use to connect millions of consumer electronics and Machine to Machine (M2M) devices cost effectively, and without the use of scarce radio frequency spectrum. LightPointe’s participation and co-ownership of Firefly Wireless Networks means that LightPointe is positioned as the only company with end-to-end solutions for both indoor and outdoor high capacity wireless bridges using the best technologies for the application—radio frequency, Visible Light Communications, and Free Space Optics laser bridges. No other company comes close to our broad portfolio of affordable indoor and outdoor wireless bridges.”

Firefly Wireless Networks has launched its website, www.FireflyWirelessNetworks.com, or www.VLC.Solutions, which describes many applications for Visible Light Communications and LiFi technologies.

Applications for VLC and LiFi include:

  • Secure network access (replacement or augmentation of WiFi)
  • Factory automation and communications
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Hospitals and medical communications
  • Vehicles (vehicle charging and communications systems, vehicle to vehicle / V2V, vehicle to roadside / V2R, and in-vehicle communications)
  • Aircraft (broadband media and data transmissions to increase throughput, while reducing aircraft wiring/weight and avoid interference with aircraft electronics)
  • Airport terminals (avoidance of radio frequency interference with sensitive equipment)
  • Train stations
  • Point of Sale (POS) (signage and location-based consumer applications)
  • Nuclear and Public Utilities
  • Underwater applications


“Our first product emerged from research and development a few months ago, has completed thorough testing, and is awaiting FCC approval,” said Andreas Bluschke, chief technology officer of Firefly Wireless Networks, who also serves as managing director of Teleconnect. “The Office SecureLink™ is a highly secure indoor Ethernet communication bridge for point to point, and point to multi-point connectivity, using red, green, blue, or invisible infrared light. The access point and client, or subscriber units, can be installed in conference rooms, offices, and other indoor environments where the utmost in security is desired while avoiding WiFi congestion and signal security issues.”

According to some research reports, the market for Visible Light Communications could reach over US$100 billion by 2024, as the Internet connects millions of devices around the world autonomously and seamlessly.

The announcement on Firefly Wireless Networks was made at GSMA World Congress Shanghai, and SmartGigabit Bay Area.

About LightPointe Communications, Inc.
LightPointe (www.LightPointe.com) is a San Diego-based manufacturer of wireless Gigabit capacity bridges for enterprise and 4G/LTE carrier markets, including small cell backhaul. The company also manufactures a line of Ultra Low Latency (ULL) wireless bridges utilized for High Frequency Trading (HFT) networks, Data Centers, Data Warehousing, and Cloud Networks. The company is owned by a billion-dollar Silicon Valley firm and employees. LightPointe has representatives worldwide, including Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Canada, China, Singapore, India, and Japan. 






LightPointe Wireless Introduces Three New Next Generation 80 GHz E-Band Wireless Bridges with Industry Leading Point to Point Radio Features and Performance

AireLink 80 Series includes features such as real-time full line speed AES encryption option, street-level radio monitoring via Bluetooth, and customizable features via license upgrades.

San Diego CA & Hanover Germany CeBIT tradeshow – March 14, 2016: LightPointe Wireless, the leading manufacturer of outdoor wireless bridges for high capacity data backhaul and video transmission, announced the company’s new AireLink 80 Series of 70 and 80 GHz point to point millimeter wave radios. The AireLink 80 Series includes the industry’s broadest selection of antenna options, including an affordable small 8.6 inch (22 cm) version for street level applications in specific markets, a one foot (30 cm) medium range version, and a two foot (60 cm) long distance configuration capable of over 6 miles (10,000 m). In addition, the series includes multi-gigabit configurations for fiber-like capacity and transmission speed. The AireLink 80 Series broadens LightPointe’s product portfolio of 80 GHz radios, which is now the most extensive in the industry with the AireBeam 80 Series, and Aire X-Stream 80 Series of Ultra Low Latency wireless bridges. Innovative features of the new radios include LightPointe’s unique Bluetooth street-level monitoring, available real-time full line speed AES encryption, and customizable features via software license upgrades at the time of purchase or anytime in the future.

“The AireLink 80 Series sets a benchmark in E-Band millimeter wave technology, adding new features and higher performance while also reducing costs dramatically for our valued customers,” said Dr. Heinz Willebrand, CEO of LightPointe Wireless.  “As a leader in 60, 70, and 80 GHz radios for over five years, it was incumbent upon our engineers to leverage that experience and success and introduce next generation features, while also lowering prices. The AireLink 80 Series is now one of the most affordable and highest performance portfolio of 80 GHz wireless bridges on the market, enabling organizations to connect buildings or towers up to six miles away and ‘cut the cord’ on their leased lines, which eliminates recurring monthly fees and can also keep sensitive data within a private network for greatly enhanced cyber security and protection from information theft and eavesdropping. Such radios also serve as a backbone to telecom carriers, enhancing 4G and 5G LTE cellular networks for increased mobile data transmission speeds. The AireLink 80 Series is the most flexible and ‘future proof’ line of 80 GHz radios available, thanks to our engineering a unique method of remotely upgrading the units with new features at any time via software license upgrades—thus making the radios a safe, long-term investment as the customer’s network evolves.”

LightPointe has added features that are a leap beyond previous generation 70 and 80 GHz radios, such as the industry’s first fully integrated street-level remote monitoring feature to aid in installation and performance monitoring and help avoid personnel from having to climb rooftops or towers to access the radios. Each of the new wireless bridges is available with AES 256 encryption for maximum signal security. The AireLink 80 Series also includes the upgradeable feature technology recently introduced in the company’s acclaimed 60 GHz radios, the AireLink 60 Series.

LightPointe is exhibiting at the CeBIT tradeshow in Hanover, Germany March 14-18, and at the IWCE show in Las Vegas March 21-25.

About LightPointe Communications, Inc.
LightPointe (www.LightPointe.com) is a San Diego-based manufacturer of wireless Gigabit capacity bridges for enterprise and 4G/LTE carrier markets, including small cell backhaul. The company also manufactures a line of Ultra Low Latency (ULL) wireless bridges utilized for High Frequency Trading (HFT) networks, Data Centers, Data Warehousing, and Cloud Networks. The company is owned by a billion-dollar Silicon Valley firm and employees. LightPointe has representatives worldwide, including Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Canada, China, Singapore, India, and Japan.







LightPointe’s #1 selling point to point backhaul radio gets lower price, available AES security, and a free Android tablet for network monitoring via Bluetooth

In addition to price reduction, new features such as AES encryption and street-level radio monitoring via Bluetooth maintain LightPointe’s leadership in 60 GHz wireless bridges.

San Diego CA -- January 19, 2016: LightPointe Wireless, the leading manufacturer of outdoor wireless bridges for high capacity data backhaul and video transmission, announced a limited time promotion and a price reduction on its best-selling wireless bridge, the AireLink 60 radio. Now through February all AireLink 60 GHz point-to-point links come with a free tablet which can connect to the radios via Bluetooth, to aid in installation and performance monitoring and help avoid personnel from having to climb rooftops or towers to access the radios. In addition, due to higher volume and economies of scale, LightPointe has cost reduced the AireLink 60 and is passing the savings on to its customers, which makes the 60 GHz wireless bridge the lowest cost, highest performance solution on the market—with a radio linkhead manufacturer’s suggested retail price starting at US$3750, or approximately €3450 Euros.

“Thanks to excellent customer acceptance of the AireLink 60 GHz radios, higher sales volume has enabled our engineers to reduce component and manufacturing costs, and we are passing the savings on to our distributors, resellers, and end users,” said Dr. Heinz Willebrand, CEO of LightPointe Wireless. “The AireLink 60 is now the most affordable and highest performance 60 GHz wireless bridge on the market, enabling organizations to connect buildings or towers up to a mile away and ‘cut the cord’ on their leased lines, which eliminates recurring monthly fees and can also keep sensitive data within a private network for greatly enhanced cyber security and protection from information theft and eavesdropping. We’ve also added features that are a leap beyond previous generation 60 GHz radios, such as the industry’s first fully integrated street-level remote monitoring feature, and available AES 256 encryption for maximum signal security. And as a special promotion, each AireLink 60 wireless link includes a free Android tablet, which can aid in system installation and ongoing network monitoring. No other 60 GHz outdoor radio solution offers the price point and features of our AireLink Series. And best of all, they are license free throughout most of the world, so there’s no government regulatory issues, such as installation or annual fees.”

About LightPointe Communications, Inc.
LightPointe (www.LightPointe.com) is a San Diego-based manufacturer of wireless Gigabit capacity bridges for enterprise and 4G/LTE carrier markets, including small cell backhaul. The company also manufactures a line of Ultra Low Latency (ULL) wireless bridges utilized for High Frequency Trading (HFT) networks, Data Centers, Data Warehousing, and Cloud Networks. The company is owned by a billion-dollar Silicon Valley firm and employees. LightPointe has representatives worldwide, including Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Canada, China, Singapore, India, and Japan.







December 2, 2015

LightPointe Continues Leadership in 60 GHz Point to Point Radios, Adding Industry’s First Fully Integrated Street-Level “Link Monitoring” App and Full Line Speed FIPS compliant AES 256 Encryption

New features open up government agency markets for wireless Distributors and Government Contractors, and provide easier and safer system installation and monitoring.

San Diego CA -- December 2, 2015: LightPointe, the leading manufacturer of outdoor wireless bridges for high capacity data backhaul and video transmission, announced that it added an industry first fully integrated street-level remote monitoring feature to its AireLink™ Series of 60 GHz wireless point to point (PtP) radios, and also now offers AES 256 encryption for maximum signal security. The PtP link monitoring  feature—which LightPointe calls AireLink Viewer™—utilizes a smartphone or tablet app to remotely communicate with a radio via a fully integrated Bluetooth™ transceiver to reduce the need for installers or service personnel to have to climb a tower or rooftop to review and monitor radio parameters. This new and unique encrypted and password protected remote monitoring feature helps increase the safety of personnel, improves overall link reliability, and can help IT personnel troubleshoot or improve their network. In addition to the new monitoring feature, LightPointe now offers optional AES 256 encryption on its AireLink Series radios, making them ideal for organizations and government agencies requiring maximum data security. LightPointe’s implementation of AES 256 is unique in that it operates at full duplex and Gigabit Ethernet line speed. The unique and advanced single clock cycle encryption algorithm allows for real time encryption without measureable latency impact thus supporting any mission critical real-time application, without sacrificing throughput or latency.

“Being able to remotely monitor an outdoor radio link—while reducing the need to send technicians up to a rooftop, or having them climb a tower—is a huge performance, safety, and cost benefit for our customers and integrators,” said Dr. Heinz Willebrand, CEO of LightPointe. “By creating a smartphone and tablet app and fully integrating latest generation Bluetooth™ SMART wireless technology into our AireLink Series radios, we’ve added an industry-first feature which enables street-level radio monitoring for the first time, such as the Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) which is useful during antenna alignment, and the Modulation and Coding Scheme (MCS) levels which indicate the system throughput. We’ve made it easy for even non-technical personnel to remotely collect performance and other data using their smartphone or tablet and a highly secure, password protected and encrypted communication channel to a radio. In addition to adding the AireLink Viewer feature, we now offer optional over-the-air real-time AES 256 encryption designed according to NIST FIPS compliance standards. This opens up opportunities for LightPointe’s distributors, resellers, and system integrators to sell the AireLink Series to government agencies and organizations in certain countries requiring the highest degree of signal security and high capacity Gigabit transmission.”

AireLink 60 GHz wireless millimeter wave radios transmit point to point via a narrow beam, making them ideal for building to building data connectivity, and surveillance video backhaul up to a mile. They also have superb Physical Layer One security, and encryption adds yet another level of security for unsurpassed signal protection.

About LightPointe Communications, Inc.
LightPointe (www.LightPointe.com) is a San Diego-based manufacturer of wireless Gigabit capacity bridges for enterprise and 4G/LTE carrier markets, including small cell backhaul. The company also manufactures a line of Ultra Low Latency (ULL) wireless bridges utilized for High Frequency Trading (HFT) networks, Data Centers, Data Warehousing, and Cloud Networks. The company is owned by a billion-dollar Silicon Valley firm and employees. LightPointe has representatives worldwide, including Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Canada, China, Singapore, India, and Japan.











November 19, 2015

LightPointe Celebrates Record Breaking Year with Customer Appreciation Sale on 60 GHz Wireless Outdoor Bridges

Company achieves highest revenues as new AireLink 60 Series receives accolades for point to point connectivity

San Diego CA -- November 19, 2015: LightPointe, the leading manufacturer of outdoor wireless bridges for high capacity data backhaul and video transmission, is celebrating record breaking revenues for the year by offering discounts on its AireLink 60 Series radios. Customers placing orders before December 31st will receive $1000 off of any 60 GHz wireless backhaul radio in the AireLink Series. In addition, an Alignment Aide is included with the AireLink 60SX, a $200 value.

“2015 is already our best year ever, with sales surpassing even 2014, also a record breaking year,” said John Taylor, vice president of sales. “With our Customer Appreciation Sale we provide $1000 off on our AireLink Series of 60 GHz wireless bridges. The AireLink Series opens up new opportunities for our distributors and resellers, especially in countries where it is prohibitory expensive -- due to regulatory agency fees -- to widely deploy other backhaul solutions such as 70/80 GHz E-Band radios. In many countries, such as Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, our high gain and license free AireLink 60 Series radios are a much more robust and reliable option than other millimeter wave solutions, saving thousands in initial and recurring annual costs. Until now, no other 60 GHz radio could provide the range and performance needed for many of these applications and geographic markets. The AireLink Series sets the new benchmark for 60 GHz value and features."

Features of LightPointe's AireLink Series 60 GHz radios:

  • Innovative and small footprint Lens Antenna option, which provides better performance than previous generation flat antennas.
  • Industry exclusive choice of three high gain antenna options.
  • Industry's broadest choice of selectable modulation types.
  • Low latency at less than 40 microseconds, as opposed to competitors' 50 to 200µs.
  • Industry-exclusive LED/display for easier installation and monitoring.
  • Optical alignment tool for easy installation of narrow beam antennas.
  • User selectable PoE (Power over Ethernet) and 48 Vdc power options.
  • 9 level Hitless Automatic Coding and Modulation.
  • Aggregated/total link capacity up to 2000 Mbps.
  • Web based management GUI and SNMP support.
  • Jumbo frames up to 10K.
  • Industry leading 2 year warranty.


About LightPointe Communications, Inc.
LightPointe (www.LightPointe.com) is a San Diego-based manufacturer of wireless Gigabit capacity bridges for enterprise and 4G/LTE carrier markets, including small cell backhaul. The company also manufactures a line of Ultra Low Latency (ULL) wireless bridges utilized for High Frequency Trading (HFT) networks, Data Centers, Data Warehousing, and Cloud Networks. The company is owned by a billion-dollar Silicon Valley firm and employees. LightPointe has representatives worldwide, including Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Canada, China, Singapore, India, and Japan.

 





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