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ADP Télécom Deploys Cisco Wireless Infrastructure at Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport and Paris Expo-Porte

French Airports Operator Targets Convention/Hospitality Sector and Other Airports with WLAN Services Based on Cisco Aironet Access Point and Catalyst Switch Platforms
Jun 23, 2004

PARIS, June 23, 2004 - Cisco Systems® today announced that ADP Télécom, which, as part of the French airports operator Aéroports de Paris, oversees telecommunications across all airports and landing fields within a 50 kilometer radius of Paris, is switching to Cisco® platforms for the delivery of wireless local-area-network (WLAN) services at Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport's Terminal 1. ADP Télécom is also using Cisco technology to provide WLAN services for the Paris Expo-Porte de Versailles, the second-largest convention center in Europe, to deliver wireless services to visitors and exhibitors. ADP Télécom will operate all voice, data and video services for all exhibitors and visitors of the Paris Expo Organization.

The announcement follows successful ADP Télécom deployments of Cisco WLANs at many smaller airports and hotels, including 46 hotels of the Alliance Hospitality chain in France and Belgium (Holiday Inn), each with between 200 and 300 rooms. ADP Télécom has approximately half a decade's worth of WLAN management experience, and started working with Cisco technology on a hotel installation covering the 1,000-room Concorde La Fayette on the Champs-Elysées last year. ADP Télécom's strategy focuses on the provision of Cisco technology-based WLANs in three market sectors worldwide: airlines and airports, hotels and hospitality, and convention and conference centers. A crucial feature of its WLAN projects is that ADP Télécom aims to ensure the technology can be used to provide a range of services, from wireless hotspot delivery to video surveillance, in line with emerging best practice guidelines for WLAN business model success.

"Cisco is our ideal technology supplier for two reasons," said Jean-Hyacinthe d'Ussel, vice president of the Wi-Fi program for ADP Télécom. "First, the company is able to roll out wireless networks rapidly and reliably - as it proved with the Concorde La Fayette project, which was completed faultlessly in two weeks. Secondly, the open-standard, interoperable nature of Cisco technologies means we can support a range of services on a single platform, which is a critical part of our business strategy. In airports, for example, our wireless LANs support business services such as baggage reconciliation; video surveillance; and residential services such as airline lounge hotspots. And in the future we hope to provide even more services, such as voice communications."

The equipment used across ADP Télécom's WLAN deployments includes Cisco Aironet 1200 Series access points with in-line power and Cisco® Catalyst 3550 Series switches, all running on industry-standard Cisco IOS® Software for easy deployment and management.

"By providing technology, services and vision, Cisco is helping ADP Telecom to establish Terminal 1 of the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport and the Paris Expo as world-class facilities that simplify and mobilize the computing experience for busy travelers on the go who need anytime, anywhere connectivity," said Bill Rossi, vice president and general manager of Cisco's Wireless Networking Business Unit.

About ADP Télécom

ADP Télécom specializes in the provision of telecommunications services and networks for airport platforms and sites that are frequently visited by mobile professionals. As a service provider company belonging to the Aéroports de Paris Group, ADP Télécom develops innovative solutions which meet the requirements of businesses with a range of voice, data communications, mobile, multimedia and engineering services. ADP Télécom also develops solutions for the general public, such as Wi Fi and flight-information SMS services.For further information, please visit