Westell Provides Additional Products and Services for New York Subway System Project with Transit Wireless

Westell’s IP66 Compliant Cabinets and ESP8100 Series Managed Ethernet Switch to Provide Network Connectivity, Power and Site Monitoring

AURORA, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Westell Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTL), a global leader of intelligent site and outside plant solutions, today announced that it is providing turnkey cabinet solutions for the next phase of the wireless communications network that Transit Wireless is building for the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA). Transit Wireless owns and operates the subway system wireless network and is beginning installation of phase two of the project which will eventually provide wireless services to all 277 underground stations in the NYCTA system.

Westell is providing its IP66 compliant cabinets to house Westell’s A90-ESP8178G-LC2 Ethernet switch to provide network connectivity and power via Power over Ethernet (PoE) to the wireless radio equipment and IP cameras used in the network. The switch combines multiple functions – including telemetry for site monitoring, power and network connectivity – into a single unit.

Westell is utilizing its Custom Systems Integration service to provide full integration of the wireless access point cabinet. This service includes all material procurement, assembly and compliance testing, allowing simple installation and circuit turn-up throughout the underground subway stations.

“Westell provided an excellent solution for us late last year as we were getting ready to roll out phase one,” said Bill Bayne, CEO of Transit Wireless. “Once again, they worked with us to provide an even more effective and efficient cabinet for powering several critical components in the NYCTA wireless network.”

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to continue working with Transit Wireless on this project,” said Rick Gilbert, Chairman and CEO of Westell. “As our involvement has grown over the last few months, we have been able to jointly identify improvements to the solution we originally provided to Transit Wireless. We have combined more functionality into the equipment, resulting in higher efficiency for Transit.”

About Westell

Westell Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is a global leader of intelligent site and outside plant solutions focused on the critical edge and access networks. The comprehensive solutions Westell provides enable service providers, industrial customers, tower operators, home network users, and other network operators to reduce operating costs while improving network performance. With millions of products successfully deployed worldwide, Westell is a trusted partner for transforming networks into high quality, reliable systems. For more information, please visit www.westell.com.

About Transit Wireless

Transit Wireless was formed specifically to respond to the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s requirement to provide a shared wireless infrastructure to enable commercial wireless services for the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) riders within 277 underground subway stations, and related opportunities. Transit Wireless owns and operates the subway station wireless communications network and acts as a neutral host for extending a variety of wireless carrier services to New York City subway riders. Major wireless carriers have already signed on to be partners on the Transit Wireless Network. In addition there is interest for several applications from public/private wireless providers. Broadcast Australia, a leader in underground wireless networks, acquired a controlling interest in Transit Wireless in 2010.

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