Waveteq and iSpeed Team to Provide Broadband Coverage for Rod Stewart’s Kelowna Concert

Lake Country, BC Canada - August 20, 2009

 

Waveteq Communications, a Lake Country based designer and Manufacturer of high quality wireless broadband equipment, and Okanagan local Internet Services Provider, ispeed Communications, teamed to provide wireless broadband connectivity for Rod Stewart’s touring entourage and road crew for the concert held in Kelowna City Park on August 15.


The system was installed by teams from Waveteq and ispeed working in less than desirable conditions on a rainy Friday afternoon in an area difficult to provide full wireless coverage.  “The Kelowna City Park is densely treed and wireless coverage proved to be difficult for us to establish” said Waveteq CTO, Jack Van der Star.  “We really appreciated the local knowledge and experience Dave Bradich and ispeed brought to our solution.  It is gratifying to be working with local companies with the skill and competence ispeed brought to the Park.”


“Conditions in the Park Friday afternoon were definitely not ideal.  The teams from Waveteq and ispeed worked in spite of the weather and provided an excellent broadband solution for the production team and the people in the Rod Stewart organization.  We appreciate the professional efforts put forth by Waveteq and ispeed.  The overall result was excellent.” said Rob Mingay, Vice President Sales and Marketing for Rocky Mountain Production Services, the concert’s Production Manager


About Waveteq Communications:

Waveteq Communications Inc, a privately held British Columbia Canada Corporation, manufactures and designs robust, multifunctional radio solutions for network operators, small communities, industry and gs for rural and underserved markets worldwide. Our users include ISP’s, major system integrators, public safety, municipal and industrial operations in Africa, South America, the United States and Canada.  


Media Contact:

President & CEO

Waveteq Communications Inc.

222-3121 Hill Road, Lake Country, BC, Canada, V4V 2E6

Phone: +1-250-766-9229 ext. 207

russel.fields@waveteq.com

 



Waveteq/Formashape mentioned in Central Okanagan EDC newsletter

Lake Country, BC Canada - August 4, 2009

 

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Lake Country, BC Canada - July 15, 2009

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July 3, 2009 - T-Net British Columbia

FormaShape Deploys Waveteq Solution


July 16, 2009 - Castanet Kelowna's Homepage

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FormaShape Deploys Waveteq Solution

Lake Country, BC Canada - July 2, 2009


Waveteq has provided a complete wireless broadband network for the main factory and adjoining yard at FormaShape, 3D Architectural Design Solutions.  They operate an 80,000 square foot, ISO 9001, factory in Kelowna BC, supplying clients around the world.  Currently, FormaShape, together with its sister company Whitewater West Industries, is the world leader in the design and manufacture of waterslides for the Global amusement park market.


 FormaShape products are typically large and can have a multitude of parts and colours in the one order.  Ensuring that all these parts are shipped on the correct truck, on the right day and in the right order is  critical.  Monitoring and managing the orders from factory floor to crating and shipping to the customers’ premises has presented a significant challenge to the Management team at FormaShape.  Parts have gone missing, colours needed to be confirmed and matched and, as a result, the lack of an auditable supply chain has proven to be expensive. A full slide system might have shipped but there was no way of definitely confirming that the complete order had shipped as opposed to parts having been misplaced at some very large construction sites.  The cost to rectify this problem always fell back to the FormaShape organization.


The implementation of the Waveteq wireless network facilitated near to perfect inventory control.  Bar code readers are extremely accurate.  Part numbers are now recorded correctly and components are inventoried correctly and can be traced to a specific crate and truck.   This has resulted in significant savings for FormaShape to both costs and reputation.  The impact was immediate.


Peter Jeffrey, President at FormaShape, said, “The Waveteq system is working very well and it enables us to run our own high capacity wireless network within our plant. We are a Lean Enterprise and continually working to eliminate waste from our processes and lower the price of our products to our customers. Not only do we now have a close to perfect tracking system that reduces timely follow up on customer order issues in the field, but we have reduced our inventory count times from 24 hours per month to two. In addition, we are now able to deal with any discrepancies immediately and resolve these within two days or less from the previous average of 14 days”.


Five Waveteq ShadowMaster radios and one Waveteq ShadowAP radio were installed and commissioned by FormaShape staff with help from the Waveteq team in less than two days. The system was then set to work almost immediately, providing a direct internet feed into the company office computer from the factory floor and the yard outside, from portable hand held bar-code readers, laptops and from any machinery fitted with wireless capability.


This interconnectivity has provided FormaShape instant and secure, inventory tracking along with the availability of both global internet and the company’s internal intranet information literally anywhere on their premises. The Staff and Management conveniently take connectivity with them when they move within the premises and the extensive outdoor storage yard.


About FormaShape:

FormaShape is one of North America's largest manufacturers of composite fibreglass and is the market leader in the application of fibre reinforced plastics (FRP) for architectural products and is a recognized leader in the application of closed moulded resin transfer technology. Founded in 1981, the company operates out of an ISO 9001 certified 80,000 square foot purpose built facility in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, using Lean manufacturing principles. In 2007, FormaShape was named winner of the Okanagan Science & Technology Council (OSTEC) Innovative Organization of the Year award, and in October 2008 won both the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Award for Big Business of the year, as well as the Canadian Innovation Award for Productivity Enhancement at the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters annual Innovation Awards. 


About Waveteq Communications:

Waveteq Communications Inc, a privately held British Columbia Canada Corporation, manufactures and designs robust, multifunctional radio solutions for network operators, small communities, industry and gs for rural and underserved markets worldwide. Our users include ISP’s, major system integrators, public safety, municipal and industrial operations in Africa, South America, the United States and Canada.  


Media Contact:

President & CEO

Waveteq Communications Inc.

222-3121 Hill Road, Lake Country, BC, Canada, V4V 2E6

Phone: +1-250-766-9229 ext. 207

russel.fields@waveteq.com

Russel Fields Joins Waveteq as the New President & CEO

Lake Country, BC Canada - June 9, 2009


Waveteq is pleased to announce that, at its most recent Annual General Meeting held June 2, 2009, the shareholders elected Russel Fields, President & CEO to the Waveteq Board of Directors.

He joins 4 other members; Jack van der Star, Waveteq Founder and CTO, and 3 external members; Frank Peabody, Vern Neilsen and Doug Corbishley.


The Board, with its wealth of wireless industry and business experience, provides guidance to the company as it continues to focus on off-grid, rural broadband wireless infrastructure products and services while growing its business in the USA and Latin America.


Russel has joined Waveteq as CEO at the begininning of 2009.  He brings a wealth of knowledge in business leadership with over 30 years of experience.  For Russel's bio, please click here.


WaveTeq Arrives in Africa

Lake Country, BC Canada - October 1, 2007


WaveTeq working with systems integrator North West Technlogies of Edmonton, Alberta Canada are bringing broadband services to Madagascar, an African island 700 kilometers east of Mozambique. The project is a new mine site with 14,000 workers where previously the was no communications.


By using a mixture of communications technologies that include high speed satllite links, Cisco networking and telephony equipment along side WaveTeq's ShadowMaster intelligent repeater products North West Technologies is able to complete an end to end solution.


The project includes connecting a number of processing plants, worker camps, administration offices anda new sea-port. Many of these sites are several kilometres from each other. By using the ShadowMaster intelligent repeater to create both the point-to-point connections and the local distribution, North West Technologies was able to work with a single wireless provider for all its needs.


"WaveTeq had what we needed to link each of these remote locations together as well as do the local distribution all in one product" says Dean Colpitts, President of North West Technologies. "This is a large project and we needed partners that were experts in what they do."



WaveTeq is pleased to workalong side of Network Operators, VARs and System Integrators such as North West Technologies. WaveTeq would like to extend an invitation to invite interested parties to join them at the Rural Telecon 2007 and the ISPCON 2007 in San Jose this October 14-18, 2007. A free pass to ISPCON is available by emailing

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WaveTeq Communications is a developer and manufacturer of high quality broadband wireless outdoor networking solutions. These solutions are ideal for enabling Internet access in low density, suburban, rural and developing country locations where Internet would otherwise not be available.


WaveTeq CEO awarded Innovator of the Year

Lake Country, BC Canada - April 4, 2007

WaveTeq CEO Jack Van der Star is "Innovator of the Year" awarded by the Okanagan Science and Technology Council (OSTEC). The Innovator of the Year award recognizes a leading individual who has demonstrated innovation, leadership, sound business practices and community involvement in the research of science or technology and/or the development and application of science or technology.



Jack Van der Star and the people at WaveTeq Communications have created the ShadowMaster line of high speed wireless products designed to deliver broadband services in remote areas where none exist today.



WaveTeq is well positioned to capture a piece of the multi-billion dollar market for fixed wireless communications. The ShadowMaster line creates a single source platform for Network Operators and Internet Service Providers to expand broadband communications into rural and remote communities. "We went to the market and listened to customers' concerns and created a suite of products built with the functionality and toughness needed to run their business." says Jack.



Earlier in 2006 WaveTeq was nominated for "Most promising Technology of the Year" with OSTEC. For more information visit www.ostec.ca



Jack is a founding member and Secretary of ION - the Innovation Okanagan Network the group responsible for bringing the UBCO Engineering School to the Valley, a founder and Vice-Chair of ORIC, the Okanagan Research and Innovation Centre a successful commercial incubator located at DRAO the Dominion Radio Astronomical Observatory near Penticton, BC and a Director of OSTEC the Okanagan Science and Technology Centre.


WaveTeq Communications Inc. is a Canadian developer and manufacturer of high quality broadband wireless outdoor networking solutions. These solutions are ideal for enabling internet access in low density suburban, rural, and international settings where internet access would be otherwise unavailable. Our ShadowMaster product is now operational in multiple international locations, bringing internet to areas that would otherwise not have affordable access for their customers.


WaveTeq Communications Inc. receives Investment from The Okanagan Innovation Fund

Lake Country, BC Canada - February 20, 2007

WaveTeq has developed high performance, cost effective outdoor networking solutions that are demanded by customers in low density suburban, rural and international deployment settings. Wireless operators in all these markets seek open standards based, easy-to-install, cost-effective, rugged and reliable, all-in-one solutions for deploying Wi-Fi and WiMAX communications networks.



“We talked to WaveTeq’s customers who have either purchased or have tested the well established brand names in the Wireless equipment market and they are now using WaveTeq equipment because of its superior performance and value” commented OIF Managing Director John Drope. “This investment compliments our previous investment in Metrobridge Networks (www.metrobridge.com) giving the fund excellent exposure to the rapidly growing internet wireless market.”



Jack Van der Star, WaveTeq CEO, said the timing could not be better. “We have had a great deal of interest in our product and are on the verge of tremendous growth. We are pleased to be partnering with OIF as we become a world leader for enabling wireless internet service providers around the globe. OIF’s investment in WaveTeq follows extensive due diligence and is a strong vote of confidence for our Innovative and rapidly growing Okanagan based company”



Paul Mitchell, Chair of the OIF Board of Directors noted, “This is our seventh investment by the fund and we are pleased to be investing in what we are confident will be another local success story”. “The Fund has made significant progress and will continue to play an important role in the growth and development of the Southern Interior region and we invite interested parties to contact us to learn more about this initiative and the investment opportunities it provides.”



For Information contact John Drope, Managing Director, OIF +1-250-762-6850
or Jack Van der Star, CEO WaveTeq Communications, +1-250-766-9229 x202

 


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