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Stevens rolls out its latest venture: Attila Technologies

07/25/05

Tech company markets multi-network cognitive radio for emergency responders

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Attila Technologies LLC, a Stevens Institute of Technology Technogenesis® Company, was recently launched by the Vice President of Stevens' Office of Institute Technology Initiatives, Dr. Helena Wisniewski. Attila Technologies LLC is a wireless communications company that provides continuous broadband, on-demand communication devices and services that function despite saturated airways.

Attila's technology is critical to developing a communication system that cannot be interrupted, or jammed, resulting in ultra-reliable, high-speed communications. Attila's products are based on patent-pending, break-through technology that was developed at Stevens' Wireless Network Security Center (WiNSeC), by Dr. Patrick E. White, Director of WiNSeC, and researcher Nicholas Girard, with funding from the National Science Foundation. Dr. White and Mr. Girard are both co-founders of Attila.

Dr. Wisniewski, who is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Attila, announced that Mr. John E. Bischoff, the former Vice President of Operations and Finance AOL, has accepted the position of CEO of Attila Technologies. (Separate release to follow.)

"Attila's approach solves the two most important problems faced by first responders in a disaster, as stated by the Department of Homeland Security – continuous communications and interoperability," said Wisniewski. "Therefore, Attila's initial market will be first responders." Interoperability is another critical need in a disaster situation because it provides the ability to interconnect diverse first-responder agencies (e.g., federal, state and local police agencies, fire departments) responding to major emergencies, a critical shortcoming in emergency response planning.

"Additional applications of Attila include delivery of high resolution mug shots to patrol cars operating in the field, or to transmit crime-scene videos to headquarters command centers, both done efficiently and at low cost without having to build an entirely new infrastructure," said WiNSeC's Dr. White.

"Attila's dynamic transmission security, which also prevents jamming and eavesdropping, make it ideal for the military market," said Stevens' President, Dr. Harold J. Raveché. "For the military application, the Attila radio will enable front-line troops reliably to receive and deliver high-resolution situational awareness data."

A field test is planned in a major New Jersey County in August 2005 to demonstrate Attila's cognitive radio capabilities. These capabilities include the ability to maximize performance – by adapting user needs to match the local wireless environment; the ability for simultaneous transmission over multiple channels or nodes; load sharing; and automated real-time frequency switching to optimize SNR and congestion. "Looking to the future, Attila has the capability to provide high-speed Internet access to users, thus turning wherever they are into a virtual hot spot." said Wisniewski.

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