WFI Selected to Provide Network Services for City of Tucson Wireless Mesh Public Safety Network

Company Expands Its Focus on Municipal Wi-Fi and Public Safety Solutions



Nov 15, 2005, 00:00 ET from Wireless Facilities, Inc.

    SAN DIEGO, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wireless Facilities, Inc.
 (WFI) (Nasdaq:   WFII), a global leader in the design, deployment, and
 management of wireless communication networks, technology networks and
 security systems, announced today that it has been selected to provide network
 design and deployment services for the City of Tucson, Arizona's proposed
 wireless mesh network.  The network project, called Emergency Room Link
 (ER-LINK), is initially planned to provide video and patient telemetry
 services between ambulances and the University Medical Trauma Center, with
 options to expand the network to include other area hospitals and advanced
 life support (ALS) paramedic vehicles.  In collaboration with two other
 technology partners, WFI will design and deploy the network in phases
 throughout the Tucson area.  The project is expected to begin in early 2006
 and is anticipated to be completed by the second quarter of 2006.
     "Today's announcement with the City of Tucson is an example of an
 innovative public safety solution which relies on wireless networks we
 deploy," said Eric DeMarco, President and CEO of WFI.  "The opportunities for
 public safety applications in the U.S. are tremendous, and WFI is
 well-positioned to provide the critical network infrastructure and technical
 services to deliver valuable solutions for First Responders."
     The ER-Link project announced today is the culmination of a lengthy
 process that began five years ago with a congressional grant awarded to the
 City of Tucson to develop a mobile communication system to transmit video,
 voice, and data from moving vehicles to a fixed location.  The mobile system
 being designed must be adaptable to a variety of applications, but the initial
 use is intended to provide state-of-the-art video and patient telemetry
 services between ambulances dispatched in the field and the University Medical
 Trauma Center Emergency Room.  The result essentially provides a 'virtual
 doctor' at the scene of an incident.
     In addition to the network design and deployment service provided by WFI
 to support the City of Tucson's ER-Link project, other enabling technology is
 being provided by two additional companies.  For the project, WFI will be
 implementing a metro-scale Wi-Fi mesh network architecture by
 Sunnyvale, CA-based Tropos Networks and using a patient telemetry system from
 New Jersey-based General Devices.  The combined solution will result in a
 high-bandwidth, live video delivery of patient data and images such as
 electrocardiogram (EKG) information, basic vital statistics such as blood
 pressure readings, and other critical care information.  Additionally, the
 network being developed must also be adaptable for other transportation
 control and safety systems within the City.
     Traditional wireless communication systems use cellular-phone-style radio
 links which rely on a point-to-point or point-to-multi-point transmission.  In
 contrast, wireless mesh networks rely on 'multihop' systems in which devices
 assist each other in transmitting packets of data through the network.  The
 self-healing nature of a mesh network is especially advantageous in adverse
 conditions, and the network can be extended to thousands of devices which can
 span an entire metropolitan area.  Although a wireless signal starts out at
 some base station (called an access point) attached to the wired network, a
 wireless mesh network extends the transmission distance by relaying the signal
 from one active device to another. In the case of the City of Tucson, the
 patient data can be reliably transmitted throughout the city via a network
 relay as an ambulance travels.  This type of network was originally developed
 by the military in the late 1970's, and its application is rapidly gaining
 traction in the commercial sectors.
     "We are pleased to join with WFI, an experienced wireless network
 provider, on this important initiative," commented Jim Glock, Director of
 Transportation for the City of Tucson.  "This ER-Link project is the first of
 its kind and it's very exciting to bring this application to life and to
 provide such a valuable service to our City.  We are excited that our
 Transportation Department can be a part of enabling valuable services such as
 a 'virtual doctor' on the scene of an incident by connecting real-time video
 and data between the Advance Life Support paramedics and the Trauma Center.
 With such capable technology partners supporting this effort, we hope to
 extend the use of this network to other valuable applications that not only
 assist our emergency services, but also help with our traffic signal
 operations and intersection monitoring for safe and efficient transportation
 in our great City."
     As noted in previous announcements, the move to provide network
 infrastructure services for municipalities is an emerging and strategic area
 of focus for WFI.  The Company recently announced it joined with Google in a
 bid to provide Wi-Fi services in the City of San Francisco, and the Company is
 actively involved with several other municipal Wi-Fi projects, including
 Madison, Wisconsin and Temecula, California.  In addition, network solutions
 focused on public safety is another promising area for WFI.  In September the
 Company announced it had hired Greg Meacham, a former Nextel Communications
 employee who ran that company's federal and homeland security program and also
 worked in various capacities with the FBI.  Meacham's role with WFI is to
 oversee business development efforts focusing specifically on leveraging WFI's
 capabilities in radio frequency (RF), Internet protocol (IP) network
 engineering, Land Mobile Radio (LMR) engineering, and communication network
 design and deployment related to public safety opportunities.
     "WFI's network solutions and technical services are perfectly adaptable to
 the many opportunities emerging in public safety, and we believe this market
 is ripe for companies such as WFI with hands-on experience with traditional
 cellular systems, land-mobile radio systems, and 802.11 systems," DeMarco
 concluded.
 
     About WFI
     Headquartered in San Diego, CA, WFI is an independent provider of systems
 engineering, network services and technical outsourcing for the world's
 largest wireless carriers, enterprise customers and for government agencies.
 The company provides the design, deployment, integration, and the overall
 management of wired and wireless networks which deliver voice and data
 communication, and which support advanced security systems.  WFI has performed
 work in over 100 countries since its founding in 1994.  News and information
 are available at www.wfinet.com. (code: WFI-mb)
 
     Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
     This news release contains certain forward-looking statements including,
 without limitation, expressed or implied statements concerning the Company's
 expectations regarding future financial performance and market developments
 that involve risks and uncertainties.  Such statements are only predictions,
 and the Company's actual results may differ materially.  Factors that may
 cause the Company's results to differ include, but are not limited to: changes
 in the scope or timing of the Company's projects; slowdowns in
 telecommunications infrastructure spending in the United States and globally,
 which could delay network deployment and reduce demand for the Company's
 services; the timing, rescheduling or cancellation of significant customer
 contracts and agreements, or consolidation by or the loss of key customers;
 the adoption rate of new wireless data services; financial constraints on our
 customers that could cause us to write off accounts receivable or terminate
 contracts; failure to successfully consummate acquisitions or integrate
 acquired operations; changes in the Company's effective income tax rate; the
 rate of adoption of telecom outsourcing by network carriers and equipment
 suppliers; the rate of growth of adoption of WLAN and wireless security
 systems by enterprises; and competition in the marketplace which could reduce
 revenues and profit margins.  The Company undertakes no obligation to update
 any forward-looking statements.  These and other risk factors are more fully
 discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 31, 2005
 and in other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
     Media Contact:
     Michael Baehr
     VP of Communications
     Wireless Facilities, Inc.
     858.228.2799 Direct
     michael.baehr@wfinet.com
 
     Investor Contact:
     Rochelle Bold
     Senior VP of Corporate
     Development & Investor Relations
     Wireless Facilities, Inc.
     858.228.2649 Direct
     rochelle.bold@wfinet.com
 
 

SOURCE Wireless Facilities, Inc.
    SAN DIEGO, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wireless Facilities, Inc.
 (WFI) (Nasdaq:   WFII), a global leader in the design, deployment, and
 management of wireless communication networks, technology networks and
 security systems, announced today that it has been selected to provide network
 design and deployment services for the City of Tucson, Arizona's proposed
 wireless mesh network.  The network project, called Emergency Room Link
 (ER-LINK), is initially planned to provide video and patient telemetry
 services between ambulances and the University Medical Trauma Center, with
 options to expand the network to include other area hospitals and advanced
 life support (ALS) paramedic vehicles.  In collaboration with two other
 technology partners, WFI will design and deploy the network in phases
 throughout the Tucson area.  The project is expected to begin in early 2006
 and is anticipated to be completed by the second quarter of 2006.
     "Today's announcement with the City of Tucson is an example of an
 innovative public safety solution which relies on wireless networks we
 deploy," said Eric DeMarco, President and CEO of WFI.  "The opportunities for
 public safety applications in the U.S. are tremendous, and WFI is
 well-positioned to provide the critical network infrastructure and technical
 services to deliver valuable solutions for First Responders."
     The ER-Link project announced today is the culmination of a lengthy
 process that began five years ago with a congressional grant awarded to the
 City of Tucson to develop a mobile communication system to transmit video,
 voice, and data from moving vehicles to a fixed location.  The mobile system
 being designed must be adaptable to a variety of applications, but the initial
 use is intended to provide state-of-the-art video and patient telemetry
 services between ambulances dispatched in the field and the University Medical
 Trauma Center Emergency Room.  The result essentially provides a 'virtual
 doctor' at the scene of an incident.
     In addition to the network design and deployment service provided by WFI
 to support the City of Tucson's ER-Link project, other enabling technology is
 being provided by two additional companies.  For the project, WFI will be
 implementing a metro-scale Wi-Fi mesh network architecture by
 Sunnyvale, CA-based Tropos Networks and using a patient telemetry system from
 New Jersey-based General Devices.  The combined solution will result in a
 high-bandwidth, live video delivery of patient data and images such as
 electrocardiogram (EKG) information, basic vital statistics such as blood
 pressure readings, and other critical care information.  Additionally, the
 network being developed must also be adaptable for other transportation
 control and safety systems within the City.
     Traditional wireless communication systems use cellular-phone-style radio
 links which rely on a point-to-point or point-to-multi-point transmission.  In
 contrast, wireless mesh networks rely on 'multihop' systems in which devices
 assist each other in transmitting packets of data through the network.  The
 self-healing nature of a mesh network is especially advantageous in adverse
 conditions, and the network can be extended to thousands of devices which can
 span an entire metropolitan area.  Although a wireless signal starts out at
 some base station (called an access point) attached to the wired network, a
 wireless mesh network extends the transmission distance by relaying the signal
 from one active device to another. In the case of the City of Tucson, the
 patient data can be reliably transmitted throughout the city via a network
 relay as an ambulance travels.  This type of network was originally developed
 by the military in the late 1970's, and its application is rapidly gaining
 traction in the commercial sectors.
     "We are pleased to join with WFI, an experienced wireless network
 provider, on this important initiative," commented Jim Glock, Director of
 Transportation for the City of Tucson.  "This ER-Link project is the first of
 its kind and it's very exciting to bring this application to life and to
 provide such a valuable service to our City.  We are excited that our
 Transportation Department can be a part of enabling valuable services such as
 a 'virtual doctor' on the scene of an incident by connecting real-time video
 and data between the Advance Life Support paramedics and the Trauma Center.
 With such capable technology partners supporting this effort, we hope to
 extend the use of this network to other valuable applications that not only
 assist our emergency services, but also help with our traffic signal
 operations and intersection monitoring for safe and efficient transportation
 in our great City."
     As noted in previous announcements, the move to provide network
 infrastructure services for municipalities is an emerging and strategic area
 of focus for WFI.  The Company recently announced it joined with Google in a
 bid to provide Wi-Fi services in the City of San Francisco, and the Company is
 actively involved with several other municipal Wi-Fi projects, including
 Madison, Wisconsin and Temecula, California.  In addition, network solutions
 focused on public safety is another promising area for WFI.  In September the
 Company announced it had hired Greg Meacham, a former Nextel Communications
 employee who ran that company's federal and homeland security program and also
 worked in various capacities with the FBI.  Meacham's role with WFI is to
 oversee business development efforts focusing specifically on leveraging WFI's
 capabilities in radio frequency (RF), Internet protocol (IP) network
 engineering, Land Mobile Radio (LMR) engineering, and communication network
 design and deployment related to public safety opportunities.
     "WFI's network solutions and technical services are perfectly adaptable to
 the many opportunities emerging in public safety, and we believe this market
 is ripe for companies such as WFI with hands-on experience with traditional
 cellular systems, land-mobile radio systems, and 802.11 systems," DeMarco
 concluded.
 
     About WFI
     Headquartered in San Diego, CA, WFI is an independent provider of systems
 engineering, network services and technical outsourcing for the world's
 largest wireless carriers, enterprise customers and for government agencies.
 The company provides the design, deployment, integration, and the overall
 management of wired and wireless networks which deliver voice and data
 communication, and which support advanced security systems.  WFI has performed
 work in over 100 countries since its founding in 1994.  News and information
 are available at www.wfinet.com. (code: WFI-mb)
 
     Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
     This news release contains certain forward-looking statements including,
 without limitation, expressed or implied statements concerning the Company's
 expectations regarding future financial performance and market developments
 that involve risks and uncertainties.  Such statements are only predictions,
 and the Company's actual results may differ materially.  Factors that may
 cause the Company's results to differ include, but are not limited to: changes
 in the scope or timing of the Company's projects; slowdowns in
 telecommunications infrastructure spending in the United States and globally,
 which could delay network deployment and reduce demand for the Company's
 services; the timing, rescheduling or cancellation of significant customer
 contracts and agreements, or consolidation by or the loss of key customers;
 the adoption rate of new wireless data services; financial constraints on our
 customers that could cause us to write off accounts receivable or terminate
 contracts; failure to successfully consummate acquisitions or integrate
 acquired operations; changes in the Company's effective income tax rate; the
 rate of adoption of telecom outsourcing by network carriers and equipment
 suppliers; the rate of growth of adoption of WLAN and wireless security
 systems by enterprises; and competition in the marketplace which could reduce
 revenues and profit margins.  The Company undertakes no obligation to update
 any forward-looking statements.  These and other risk factors are more fully
 discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 31, 2005
 and in other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
     Media Contact:
     Michael Baehr
     VP of Communications
     Wireless Facilities, Inc.
     858.228.2799 Direct
     michael.baehr@wfinet.com
 
     Investor Contact:
     Rochelle Bold
     Senior VP of Corporate
     Development & Investor Relations
     Wireless Facilities, Inc.
     858.228.2649 Direct
     rochelle.bold@wfinet.com
 
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