Where it's based: Los Gatos, Calif.
When it was founded: 2001
Why it's Fierce: At a time when governments are rethinking their muni-WiFi strategies, the use of digital video surveillance as part of public safety represents a strong opportunity as it cuts down on crime and reduces manpower. As such, video surveillance is becoming a primary driver for mesh WiFi deployments. Jurisdictions around the country are reporting some dramatic results from video surveillance made possible by wireless mesh systems, and Firetide has become one of the biggest beneficiaries. Firetide's mesh technology offers resilience, self-forming and self-healing capabilities that guarantee camera connectivity. Moreover, the technology's ability to handle high-quality video traffic from cameras enables the delivery of real-time video for situational awareness with quality good enough to identify license plates. That is exactly why Firetide has scored some big WiFi mesh deals. Firetide is the mesh provider for the city of Chicago's Operation Virtual Shield, one of the world's largest high-quality video security systems in the world. The vendor also has constructed mesh networks for video transmission in Dallas and Phoenix. Firetide even played a key role in the construction of the world's tallest skyscraper, the Dubai Tower, providing IP voice and real-time video streams.
What to Look For: Firetide doesn't just play in the public-safety market. Its other market segments include healthcare, education, hospitality, industrial, construction and transportation where it appears the opportunity is endless for wire free, high-quality video surveillance systems.