ERF Wireless, a provider of encrypted wireless networks for the banking industry, has signed an agreement with Louisiana state police to construct a $5 million statewide wireless network for law enforcement operations and disaster.
This network, to be known as Louisiana BankNet, will be owned and operated by ERF Wireless, with the tower infrastructure provided by the Louisiana state police. Funding will be provided by participating financial institutions.
The network will provide wireless broadband connectivity to the police and
regional banks that ERF Wireless currently serves. The network will also support wireless broadband internet services (WISP) to many underserved areas of Louisiana.
As part of the agreement, ERF Wireless will provide the police with access to continuous, point-to-point wireless connectivity through the entire state police tower network. The vendor will also deploy its SatNet product to provide fault-tolerant communications at certain key nodes inside the network.
In addition, during times of declared state emergencies, Louisiana’s first responders will be provided with expanded bandwidth, VoIP communications, high-resolution video surveillance at the backbone towers and across regional banking networks, video conferencing, and free use of wireless hotspots across the network – to support disaster recovery efforts.
ERF Wireless has been involved in a sustained R&D effort over the last three years to develop the technology, file the patents, identify the needed applications, address regulatory concerns, finalize the design and deploy five operating networks across three states. The Louisiana portion of our planned nationwide BankNet system is the nucleus for our overall strategy for serving the US banking industry, said John Burns, ERF Wireless COO and chief architect of the company’s milestone agreement with Louisiana.