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Tetra Tech Selects Root Wireless to Map Wireless Network PerformanceRoot Wireless to Measure Networks in Montana, N. Dakota for National Broadband Map (March 04, 2010)
BELLEVUE, WA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/04/10 -- Root Wireless, Inc., developer of patent-pending technologies that map the performance of wireless networks and devices, announced today it has been retained by Tetra Tech EC, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK) to map the performance of wireless broadband networks in Montana and North Dakota for the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) National Broadband Map effort now in development.
Tetra Tech, a leading provider of consulting, engineering, GIS and other technical services, won contracts to map all broadband network services in the two states. Montana and North Dakota are among the states to receive grants from an NTIA program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Data collected by Root Wireless will be used to measure actual wireless broadband service availability in the two states for the National Broadband Map, which the NTIA will publish to inform policymakers and provide consumers with improved information on the broadband Internet services available to them.
Tetra Tech was engaged by the Montana Department of Commerce, which received nearly $1.6 million in grant funding for data collection and mapping activities. Similarly, the North Dakota Information Technology Department was awarded almost $1.3 million to collect data and map broadband networks there.
"Root Wireless is taking an innovative approach to benchmarking wireless network performance, and its work in the top U.S. metropolitan markets caught our attention," said Fred Gifford, Project Manager and GIS Technical Lead at Tetra Tech EC. "We are excited to take advantage of Root Wireless technology and services on behalf of wireless network users in Montana and North Dakota."
"Mapping wireless network performance for Tetra Tech is a terrific opportunity," said Andy Hollenbeck, Chief Revenue Officer, Root Wireless. "We are impressed with the team, and gratified that Tetra Tech was quick to recognize we have engineered innovative technology that directly benefits wireless consumers."
At the heart of the Root Wireless network monitoring solution is Root Mobile, a proprietary application that turns smartphones into fully instrumented test equipment that measures wireless network performance. Root Mobile runs unnoticed in the background, monitoring the speed and reliability of wireless data services and the instances of connection issues including dropped calls. Currently, Root Mobile is available in a beta test program for smartphones running RIM BlackBerry and Android operating systems. Versions for the iPhone and smartphones running Windows Mobile are scheduled for release later this year.
Last year, Root Wireless and CBS Interactive teamed up to deliver Root Coverage with CNET located at (http://reviews.cnet.com/cell-phone-coverage-map/). The non-exclusive publishing agreement allows CNET to host the Root Coverage mapping tool that displays precise performance data indicating the relative strengths and weaknesses of the competing cellular networks. Currently, Root Coverage charts network performance in 15 U.S. markets including New York City; Chicago; Dallas; Atlanta; Philadelphia; Los Angeles-Orange County; Washington, D.C.; and San Francisco-San Jose. Root Wireless continues to map additional metropolitan markets for release later this year.
About Tetra Tech
Tetra Tech (www.tetratech.com) is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, program management, construction, and technical services addressing the resource management and infrastructure markets. The Company supports government and commercial clients by providing innovative solutions focused on water, the environment, and energy. With approximately 10,000 employees worldwide, Tetra Tech's capabilities span the entire project life cycle.
About Root Wireless
Root Wireless empowers the wireless consumer with accurate and timely data on wireless network performance. We deliver objective results captured by Root Mobile, our crowdsourcing application for smartphones. Mapped and displayed in a new and user-friendly way, our data makes it easy to see the actual coverage and performance for the major US carriers. Now wireless network users have the power of choice in selecting the best carrier for how and where they use their phones. For more information, please visit www.rootwireless.com
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