Nortel wirelessAriel, Israel --- (METERING.COM) --- October 20, 2006 – The city of Ariel in Israel is trialing a municipal wireless mesh network system to deliver high-speed broadband wireless access and advanced wireless services to residents and municipal employees, as part of its ‘smart city’ program.

The year-long trial of Nortel Municipal Wireless mesh network technology will see Nortel deploying wireless mesh access points for high speed wireless coverage in two key areas of the city. Applications include remote water meter readings and wireless video and voice communications, while high speed Internet access for residents, visitors and college students will be provided free of charge for the duration of the trial.

Nortel, a company that delivers next-generation communications technologies, has supplied its Nortel Wireless Access Point 7220, the Nortel Wireless Gateway 7250 for management of data and mobile security, and the Nortel Optivity Network Management System. End-user devices able to use the Ariel wireless mesh network include laptop computers, handheld computers, Wi-Fi devices such as cameras, and at a later date Wi-Fi capable cellular telephones.