WiMAX vendor Alvarion, which has been targeting Internet service providers, public safety, municipalities and utilities looking to deploy smart grids with WiMAX technology, introduced a product designed for the license-exempt and quasi-licensed frequency bands.

Rather than choosing mesh Wi-Fi for video, a growing number of public-safety agencies and municipalities are opting for WiMAX, as Wi-Fi is limited in its ability to carry video and correct error transmission, as well as carry additional traffic.

Alvarion's BreezeMax Extreme solution is designed to help speed up the deployment of broadband infrastructure into various segments by taking advantage of the 3.65 GHz band. A number of applications vying for broadband stimulus money will call for the use of the 3.65 GHz band, said Ashish Sharma, Alvarion's vice president of corporate communications.

The license-free solution also is engineered for the 5 GHz license-exempt band and accounts for interference. According to Alvarion, BreezeMAX Extreme is customized for two different market segments. BreezeMAX Extreme 3650 is targeted for service providers deploying broadband applications to consumers and businesses in the United States. BreezeMAX Extreme 5000 is targeted to the wireless ISP, public safety, municipality, smart power grid and government segments, as it enables applications such as voice, broadband data and video surveillance.