Mobile mesh software provider PacketHop recently announced that its Aware application suite was used at the Long Beach, Calif., airport during a Homeland Security exercise that simulated a terrorist planting a weapon of mass destruction within one of the buildings at the airport.

Long Beach police and fire vehicles used all four features of the ad hoc mesh-enabled Aware suite — multimedia messaging, location tracking, multicast video and whiteboarding capability — operating in the 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 4.9 GHz bands. In addition, PacketHop's software utility let Long Beach first responders reband their 5 GHz radios to operate in the 4.9 GHz spectrum dedicated to public safety and form the first mobile mesh network running on client devices in the band, the company said.

More than 400 first responders and volunteers from 28 agencies participated in the exercise conducted on April 22.