BridgeWave's Gigabit Wireless Links Provide Resilient Network Backup for Buncombe County
Emergency Response Facilities
Reliable Network Backup Ensures Employee Safety and Emergency Response
Santa Clara, CA – April 14, 2009 – BridgeWave Communications, the leading supplier of gigabit
wireless solutions, today announced that the county of Buncombe, N.C., has deployed four BridgeWave AR80
point-to-point wireless links, providing reliable backup to the existing county fiber-based network. The
BridgeWave links offer full-rate gigabit Ethernet backhaul capacity with the strongest data encryption
Named for Colonel Edward Buncombe, a Revolutionary soldier, Buncombe County is the largest county in the
western half of North Carolina. Buncombe County's IT department supports 1,800 employees working in 20 locations
scattered across 660 square miles. Major public safety facilities, including the police station, fire department
and emergency medical dispatch, are connected via fiber-optic links. The county sought a reliable wireless
solution to back up existing fiber lines, with ample bandwidth to support the county's VOIP 911 call center.
As public safety was the utmost priority, the redundant wireless system needed to offer fiber-equivalent
service if primary links were down. After researching wireless solutions, Buncombe County discovered BridgeWave
Communications' Gigabit wireless links. Buncombe County winters often consist of sleet and downpours, impairing
the ability of some wireless solutions to provide reliable service during the winter months. BridgeWave's
80 GHz capacity and AdaptRate mode switching offer reliable network connectivity regardless of inclement
weather. During moments of violent downpour, transmissions switch from GigE to 100 Mb/s data rates,
maintaining a highly available link.
With assistance from Wireless Data Systems, Inc., a leading systems integrator providing wireless networking
services, an install team of five individuals established a high-capacity wireless backup, incorporating four
BridgeWave AR80 wireless links. Several buildings located within Buncombe County lines provided excellent
line-of-sight and the total deployment lasted just one day.
BridgeWave's AR80 radios provide a crucial role in Buncombe's network, offering around the clock reliability
for the critical applications such as 911 dispatch. Health records and patient billing from county hospitals are
among critical data transmitted across Buncombe County's network, in addition to medical dispatch calls to local
fire and police departments.
“The safety of Buncombe County employees and residents was our primary concern when evaluating a
Gigabit wireless solution,” said Bryan Dillingham, network communications manager for Buncombe County.
“BridgeWave's gigabit wireless links ensured we would never lose network connectivity, which is critical
when dealing with emergency assistance calls. The AR80 radios have provided flawless connectivity and offered
“As regions like Buncombe County continue to grow, BridgeWave's Gigabit wireless links serve a critical
role in providing highly reliable network connectivity or as a resilient backup,” said Amir Makleff, CEO
of BridgeWave Communications. “Highly critical network applications, such as emergency calls, require
reliable network connectivity with ample bandwidth available to meet both existing and future
Buncombe County has experienced flawless network connectivity since their deployment more than two months
ago. Bryan Dillingham and the Buncombe County IT department are reassured that the network is protected against
lost connectivity, offering nonstop access to critical applications. In times of disaster, Buncombe County will
be fully functional with BridgeWave's AR80 radios. Emergency workers will maintain contact to dispatch and major
facilities, despite network failures.
“We all sleep easier at night knowing we have a reliable backup solution in place,”
About BridgeWave Communications
Founded in 1999, BridgeWave Communications is the leading supplier of outdoor Gigabit wireless
connectivity solutions. The company's exclusive AdaptRate™ and AdaptPath™
technologies combined with its advanced Forward Error Correction capability deliver the highest
availability at the longest distances for full-rate gigabit links.
BridgeWave's point-to-point, wireless solutions are widely deployed in mainstream enterprise and
service provider network applications and are poised to play a key role in the migration to 4G
mobile network backhaul. With the largest installed base of GigE radios worldwide, BridgeWave
delivers the highest levels of product quality and reliability. For more information, visit