Velocita Wireless completes Eastern U.S. switching center

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Velocita Wireless — a supplier of narrowband network data services for machine-to-machine applications for auto and truck fleets, retail and other sectors — has completed its Eastern U.S. switching facility. The company says it also has begun work on its Western U.S. switching center, which will be online in the first quarter of 2008. The million-dollar switch investment is consolidating and replacing 68 older technology switches with new software-based IP switch architecture deployed at two secure locations.

The company says the two switching centers — which will provide optimum traffic routing within Velocita’s network — will increase capacity, significantly reduce points of potential failure, and introduce a new level of redundancy. The upgrade also moves the company’s switches from leased locations in commercial buildings to telecommunication collocation facilities having advanced security, power backup, fire suppression and other capabilities.

“The new switching centers will give our network improved flexibility, functionality and redundancy to serve a wide range of high-availability user requirements,” says Mark Hull, chief executive officer of Woodbridge, N.J.-based Velocita Wireless. “The improvements in capacity, speed and security strengthen the foundation of our entire network architecture. This initiative underscores our long-term commitment to the data services we supply and to being ever more responsive to our customers.”

Velocita says the switch-layer upgrade is part of a broader program to solidify its technology base through investments in software and hardware; these projects include making its base-station coverage in 48 states more efficient, and reengineering much of its customer-related data and messaging gateways.