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Its worldwide headquarters are in Brooklyn, New York and its heart is in Italy: Fluidmesh – that was founded in 2005 by four Italian engineers, the brothers Umberto and Cosimo Malesci with their friends Torquato Bertani and Andrea Orioli – is being acquired by US tech giant Cisco.
“Our goal was to reliably deliver fiber-like performance via unlicensed wireless spectrum – providing connectivity for mission critical video, voice, and data,” reads Fluidmesh website. “Fluidmesh wireless products are the enablers of outdoor and large-scale applications of the Internet of Things: smart cities, urban video-surveillance, connected vehicles and trains, and industrial automation. Connecting things – it’s what we’re about!”.

Indeed its technology is successfully used by subway systems, ports and even mines. That’s why Cisco is interested in it. “Cisco will use Fluidmesh’s products – explains Liz Centoni, Senior Vice President and General Manager
Cisco Cloud, Compute, & IoT
– to extend its industrial wireless leadership position to on-the-move applications and where reliable backhaul is mission critical, including: – Rail and transportation: Provide high-speed and reliable connectivity between the trains and the trackside eliminating potential gaps in data transfer, all without the need to stop even when traveling at high speeds. – Mining operations: Improving worker safety with ultra-reliable communication systems for remote operations of mining equipment, eliminating the need to send workers into a potentially hazardous environment. – Manufacturing and industrial automation: Increased productivity with autonomous moving robots operating on a resilient and low-latency wireless network.”
The acquisition is expected to close in CYQ2 2020, subject to customary closing conditions and required regulatory approvals.

Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa

Fluidmesh has its European headquarters in Milan and a research team is Pisa, the Tuscan city famous for its University System specializing in computer science and technology research.

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