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Industry Computer networking
Headquarters Los Gatos, CA
Key people John McCool, CEO

Firetide is an American, international provider of wireless mesh network technology. Based in the Silicon Valley, Firetide designs and sells hardware and software for wireless networks. Firetide's products have been used in over 2000 installations in 40 countries.

Corporate history

Firetide was founded in 2001, under the name Landmark Networks. In 2003 the name changed to Firetide, which would "better reflect the company's mission and culture".[1] One year later, after considerable investments from American investors, the company moved from Hawaii to Los Gatos, CA.[2]

headquartered in Los Gatos, CA with a R&D office in Bangalore, India.

The company

Firetide is a provider of hardware and software for wireless infrastructure mesh networks.


HotPort 7000 Series. Indoor and outdoor wireless mesh node, equipped with dual 802.11n MIMO radios. The radios are able to operate at 2.4, 4.9 and 5.0 GHz and allows for a throughput of up to 400 Mbit/s.

FWB-200 Series. Indoor and outdoor wireless point-to-point bridges, equipped with dual 802.11n MIMO radios. The point-to-point bridges are used to connect distant, wireless networks to each other.

HotPoint 5000 Series. Indoor and outdoor wireless access points, equipped with dual 802.11n MIMO radios. The access points allow for a wireless Wi-Fi network to be connected to the mesh.

HotClient 2000 Series. Indoor and outdoor wireless customer premises equipment. A product that extends the range of a Wi-Fi network thanks to a more powerful radio compared to standard consumer laptop radios.

Firetide FWC 2050 WLAN Controller. A product that can control up to 50 access points and ease the configuration of the access points through central management. It is controlled through a web-interface.

Firetide IVS 100. Integrated video solution, a combined IP-camera and mesh node.[3]


HotView Pro. Software that centrally manages the mesh nodes and the other Firetide hardware connected to the mesh network.

Firetide Mobility Controller. Software that enables Firetide's mesh to be compatible with mobile units, such as connecting to a moving subway train.

Routing protocol

Firetide use their own, proprietary AutoMesh routing protocol to control the data flow in the mesh.

Notable installations

In 2006, Firetide announced that they were going to supply their technology to Singapore's Wireless@SG project. The projects goal was to install a nation-wide network to enable public Wi-Fi as well as video and voice traffic.[3]

In 2007, Firetide installed its technology on the construction site of Burj Khalifa (Burj Dubai). The construction workers had experienced problems with their communication equipment as the tower grew taller. Firetide could provide a wireless mesh network that VoIP radios could use, which allowed coverage where Walkie-Talkies could not.[4]

In 2009, Firetide got the assignment to install a wireless mesh network in Seoul Metropolitan Subway. The request from the South Korean subway operator for live camera coverage came after a fatal arson in 2003. In competition with its competitors, Firetide was the only one that could deliver reliable wireless connection to the station and the moving trains. The systems included cameras on both the train stations and on the trains. The design aimed to avoid more fatal accidents by distributing real-time video feed both to the train drivers and to the operators in the command central. The installation included 1000 mesh nodes as well as 650 cameras.[5]

January 2009 saw the installation of a Firetide system at California State University, Long Beach.[6]


In May 2010, Firetide announced an Original Equipment Manufacturer OEM agreement with Netgear. The license agreement enabled for Netgear to use Firetide's WLAN Controller software in their new portfolio of WLAN controllers. [3]


Firetide, Inc., announced it has been acquired by UNICOM Systems, Inc., a Division of UNICOM Global, on May 19, 2014. Details of the acquisition were not disclosed.


  1. ^ "Wireless Startup Firetide Announces New Name". Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  2. ^ Sing, Terrence (2004-03-07). "How Hawaii lost Firetide to Silicon investors". Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  3. ^ a b c "Firetide product overview". Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  4. ^ "Firetide wireless mesh reaches unsurpassed heights at Burj Dubai". Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  5. ^ "Seoul Subway Deploying Real-Time, Mobile Wireless Video Surveillance". Government Video. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  6. ^ Schaffhauser, Dian (2009-01-27). "Cal State Long Beach Implements Wireless Surveillance". Campus Technology. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 

External links

  • Company Web site
  • Company Twitter stream
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