News Release

Cisco Wireless Internet Solution Fires Up Linde Gas

Linde Gas Australia achieves communications efficiencies through deployment of 'wifi' solution
Mar 26, 2003

SYDNEY - March 26, 2003 - One of Australia's leading industrial gas suppliers, Linde Gas, is generating cost efficiencies through the deployment of wireless networking equipment from Cisco Systems, Inc.®

Working with systems integrator, Accucom, Linde Gas has installed Cisco Aironet ® 350 Series Access Points and Wireless bridges, based on the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) 802.11b standard, at each of its six warehouse and distribution centres across Australia. Linde Gas Australia is a subsidiary of Germany based Linde Gas, a global gas supplier which operates in more than 50 countries, serving 1.5 million customers.

The Cisco Aironet Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) equipment is supported by Cisco 3600 and 800 Series Routers and interacts with other handheld communications devices used at Linde Gas. This allows storage, handling and transport of Linde Gas gas cylinders to be tracked more efficiently as they are transported across Australia.

Shamsul Arefin, Network Administrator for Linde Gas said the move to wireless communications six months ago has already delivered logistical efficiencies in stock control, scheduling and transportation.

Mr Arefin said a significant cost efficiency derived from the Cisco wireless solution was the elimination of the need to install optical cabling to link two warehouses at the same site. This cost saving is achieved through the deployment of the Cisco Aironet 350 Series Wireless Bridge, which delivers throughput of 11Mb/sec from building to building.

Terry Walsh, Managing Director, Cisco Australia and New Zealand said; "Linde Gas is a business that understands how a wireless infrastructure can go straight to improving the bottom line."

Accucom Solutions Manager, Anthony Sarkis, said; "We worked closely with Cisco and Linde Gas to securely design, implement and support this wireless infrastructure. As a result of the installation of wireless, the mobility and fluidity of the business now extends to warehouse managers, office staff and truck drivers; all contributing to sizable efficiency gains."