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DEFENSE AND INTELLIGENCE NEED DRIVE FEDERAL ORGANIZATION TO ADOPT WIRELESS MESH NETWORKS

Oct. 2005

Dust Networks, a leading provider of enterprise-class, low-power wireless mesh networking systems, announced that they are currently a subcontractor to Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), on a contract from The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the development of technologies to address issues of urban area military operations.

Wireless mesh networks are increasingly being called upon by the United States’ defense and intelligence communities to provide greater situational visibility resulting in more information available about the physical environment.

Dust Networks’ subcontract involves the provision of low-power wireless mesh networks that will provide intelligence to support urban area operations. Wireless mesh networks improve warfighter situational awareness by monitoring buildings, rooftops, sewers, and other structures that obscure sight lines and conceal threats.

“We are proud to be working with SAIC on these defense and intelligence applications,” said Joy Weiss, President and CEO of Dust Networks. “Dust Networks’ low-power wireless mesh networking solutions are optimized to easily, reliably, and economically collect data about physical assets and environments, placing the right information in the hands of the right people. We are pleased to see our technology leveraged to help protect our nation.”

There is a rising demand for reliable monitoring systems that give military personnel timely, relevant data from key facilities, borders, and sensitive infrastructure. Wireless mesh networking provides defense and intelligence communities with advanced technologies that address these challenges as demonstrated by Dust Networks funding from In-Q-Tel, a private, independent, not-for-profit venture group established by the CIA.

“We are pleased to see our investment in Dust Networks making a real difference in efforts to contribute to the information awareness for homeland security and other national defense efforts,” said Gilman Louie, President and CEO of In-Q-Tel. “Innovations in low-power wireless mesh networks led by companies like Dust Networks are clearly driving the development of more effective threat monitoring systems that can help defense personnel work more effectively.”

About SAIC
SAIC is the largest employee-owned research and engineering company in the United States, with annual revenues of $7.2 billion and more than 43,000 employees in over 150 cities worldwide. SAIC engineers and scientists solve complex technical problems in national security, homeland security, energy, the environment, space, telecommunications, health care, and logistics. SAIC: FROM SCIENCE TO SOLUTIONS™

About Dust Networks
Dust Networks™ provides low-power wireless mesh networking systems to solution providers, integrators and OEMs for enterprise-class monitoring and control applications. Dust Networks’ SmartMesh™ combines sophisticated mesh networking software and low-power wireless nodes to provide unmatched reliability, manageability and ease of implementation. SmartMesh enables unprecedented access to information about the physical world, allowing companies to monitor and control processes and systems for increased efficiency and enhanced profitability. For more information, please visit www.dustnetworks.com.