Microwave Data Systems’ solutions survive Hurricane Lili

ROCHESTER, N.Y., October 4, 2002 — Microwave Data Systems announced that one of its MDS iNET 900à¢â€ž- wireless systems set up outside New Orleans, La., remained fully operational in the path of Hurricane Lili.

Enbridge Energy, headquartered in Houston, Texas, has iNET radios deployed 30 miles south of New Orleans and was making firmware upgrades to the radios. Of course, making a routine upgrade to a radio located in a remote location during a powerful hurricane is a huge risk–unless it is conducted from a sunny, dry office in Houston.

“MDS released the latest updates to the radios Wednesday, and we like to keep everything current so we made the upgrades right away,” said Lynn Spencer, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Supervisor for Enbridge Energy. “They [the radios] worked 100 percent during the last storm [Isidore, which struck last week], and they worked 100 percent during this one–and this one was stronger.”

The iNET is a wireless networking solution that allows upgrades and management of the network to happen remotely over the Internet saving management and maintenance resources.

About Enbridge Energy

Enbridge Energy Company, Inc. (Enbridge Energy), headquartered in Houston, Texas, is the U.S. subsidiary of Enbridge Inc. Enbridge Energy owns or partially owns and operates various liquids pipeline, natural gas transportation, processing and treatment facilities throughout the United States.

About Microwave Data Systems

Microwave Data Systems, Inc., headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., designs and manufactures networked high-speed, point-to-multipoint, and medium and low capacity point-to-point microwave radios for use in oil and gas, utility, lottery, traffic monitoring, public safety, and telecommunication provider industries. Learn more about the company at www.microwavedata.com.


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