ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., May 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Cambium Networks, a leading global provider of wireless networking solutions, today announced the recipients of the company's Connectivity Hero Award for the first quarter of 2018. Launched in 2017, the award recognizes individuals who have made a difference in the lives of people and improved communities through their efforts to extend wireless connectivity and connect the unconnected.
"Access to the internet can have a profound impact on entire communities, significantly enhancing the quality of life of people living in them," said Rohit Mehra, Vice President of Network Infrastructure, IDC. "Generally available Wi-Fi access is the lowest common denominator for internet access and connectivity, providing the much needed communications tool that can help level the economic playing field in isolated or underserved communities. It can also accelerate responses in emergencies from first responders and for relief efforts, assisting people affected by natural disasters or other crises by providing access to information and services and connecting them with loved ones."
"While connectivity continues to grow, there are still millions of people around the world who do not have the access to information that most of us in developed countries have today," said Atul Bhatnagar, President and CEO of Cambium Networks. "Wireless connectivity can be rapidly deployed to bridge the digital divide and address social needs. Today we recognize individuals who are leading by example of what can be done."
The Connectivity Hero Awards are presented to up to four visionary people or organizations each calendar quarter, and there is one annual award. Quarterly honorees receive a $1,000 donation to a charity of their choosing. The annual winner receives a $5,000 donation to a charity of their choosing. All winners are featured on the Cambium Networks website.
Connectivity Hero Award winners for the first quarter of 2018:
- Dileep Agrawal, WorldLink – "During the devastating earthquake of 2015, WorldLink moved into four of the most devastated villages of Nepal, including Barpak, which was near the epicenter. WorldLink established wireless internet connectivity into these villages and provided public Wi-Fi services, as well as two laptops for public use. The impacted population was able to communicate with their loved ones and the world at large and inform them about their situation. The connectivity was also heavily used by the relief agencies to coordinate their efforts. WorldLink used Cambium gear for the long range backhaul links."
- Arnold and Pieter Du Plessis – These brothers in South Africa created a video surveillance system to protect endangered species. With an ePMP communications infrastructure the network has been in operation for two years. "Ours is a private farm, and do not get any help from outside, and we go the extra mile to ensure the safety of our animals. We use the wireless broadband radios and network to supply us with real time live feed from the cameras to our main guardhouse. With wireless video surveillance around the entire perimeter, the chances of a Rhino poacher entering our premises undetected is basically not possible. This has up to date, stopped four attempts of these poachers trying to enter the preserve."
- Gunnar Kauke, American Wide Broadband – American Wide Broadband extended their network that serves 730 buildings for business, government, and high-rise residential service in Chicago to connect a community hub and food pantry in the South Shore neighborhood so that students have a safe location to do online homework, and adults have free access to Wi-Fi for job searching. The community hub has been connected for more than two years. His selected charity is St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
Nominations for the next round of Connectivity Hero Awards are open now and can be submitted online. Nominations can be made by any interested party for any entity on a global basis, that is utilizing wireless communication to enhance their community, and for which the nominator feels worthy of recognition.
About Cambium Networks
Cambium Networks is a leading global provider of wireless connectivity solutions that strengthen connections between people, places and things. Specializing in providing an end-to-end wireless fabric of reliable, scalable, secure, cloud-managed platforms that perform under demanding conditions, Cambium Networks empowers service providers and enterprise, industrial and government network operators to build intelligent edge connectivity. Cambium Networks' commitment to continuous innovation in wireless access is demonstrated in the millions of radios deployed in thousands of networks that benefit communities around the world. Team members also contribute to social responsibility activities to serve the communities in which they live. Headquartered outside Chicago and with R&D centers in the U.S., U.K. and India, Cambium Networks sells through a range of trusted global distributors. www.cambiumnetworks.com
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