Company name: SkyPilot
Where it's based: N/A
When it was founded: 2000
What year it was a Fierce 15: 2006
Why it was a Fierce 15: SkyPilot took off with its carrier-grade WiFi mesh-network solution by allowing operators to cost-effectively deploy non-line-of-sight wireless broadband access services. SkyPilot's differentiating factor: It utilized a synchronous mesh architecture with high-speed switched directional antenna arrays that extended reach, mitigated interference and allowed for multiple concurrent conversations to be handled at the same time on the same frequency. Click here for more.
What has happened since it was awarded the Fierce 15: SkyPilot was acquired in May 2009 by a smart grid communications vendor named Trilliant to provide the long-range, high-capacity broadband wireless wide-area-network mesh to complement Trilliant's existing neighborhood-area network mesh for smart metering.