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Cisco Systems makes Singapore's Raffles Marina a "hot spot" in more ways than one

New high-speed wireless LAN provides anywhere, any time Internet access for people on the move - by sea or land
May 23, 2002

New high-speed wireless LAN provides anywhere, any time Internet access for people on the move - by sea or land

SINGAPORE - May 23, 2002 - In keeping with its reputation as a trendy "hot spot" for sailing, entertaining and dining, Raffles Marina is now a "high-tech hot spot" for Internet users, following the installation of a new Cisco Wireless LAN in the marina. Club members, regional visitors berthed in the marina and business people dining in the restaurant or bistro can now connect at high speeds to the Internet or keep in touch with their office using a laptop or Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) equipped with a wireless LAN card.

The broadband wireless LAN was set up by Bluengine, a leading vendor of wireless infrastructure systems for corporate and public locations in Singapore, using technologies from Cisco Systems, including 20 Cisco Aironet 350 series Access Points and eight wireless bridges. The network provides high-speed access for Internet users at ranges up to 300 metres. This makes Raffles Marina the first wireless-enabled marina in Asia.

"People on the move on sea or land can now get easy access to the Internet, no matter where they are around the marina," said Michael Lee, CEO of Raffles Marina. "Members and people who live on their boats here will also get free access for the first year while Bluengine subscribers can use the club as a mobile office."

To take advantage of the new service, all members need to do is install a Cisco Aironet Access card in their computers - at a price of only S$199. The card acts as an antenna to connect to the access points placed around the club, at speeds of up to 11Mbps. To guarantee security, the network also uses the latest wireless LAN security technologies from Cisco.

"After over two months and more than 2,000 man hours setting up the whole secured wireless infrastructure and with our years of experience in wireless, we are confident that Raffles Marina's members will enjoy a secure wireless experience in the club," said Derrick Lee, CEO of Bluengine.

"The wireless LAN at Raffles Marina is the first of its kind in the region," said Chong Yoke Sim, Country Marketing Director of Cisco Systems in Singapore. "It is also the largest hot spot in Singapore, and underlines how the anywhere, any time Internet is fast becoming a reality for people on the move."

About Raffles Marina

Raffles Marina is Singapore's premier marina offering an unrivalled range of marina facilities as well comprehensive country club facilities. It has the distinction of being the only marina in Asia to be awarded the prestigious 5-gold anchor, a mark of excellence for marinas. More information on Raffles Marina can be found at

About Bluengine

Bluengine Holding Pte Ltd is a locally-owned technology company with over 2 years experience in setting up and managing wireless LAN technologies. Bluengine is a leading and fast-growing wireless LAN builder and operator, which provide security, deployment and operational services for wireless LAN to their customers. Besides managing more than 20 wireless hotspots in Singapore, Bluengine has also setup secured wireless network for military installations, major corporations and National Day Parade 2001. Bluengine is a preferred Cisco Mobile Office (CMO) partner and the largest Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) in Singapore. More information is available at

About Cisco Systems

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