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AWARD FOR INSTALLING FIBER OPTICS IN SEWERS
Dublin, Ohio (October 3, 2001) - Că-Botics Fiber Systems has won a prestigious international award for its robotic technology for installing fiber optic cables in city sewers.
The award for Intelligent Community Technology of the Year was made today to Că-Botics and its partners for STAR (Sewer Telecommunications Access by Robot) technology by the Intelligent Community Forum project of the World Teleport Association of New York City. In making the award WTA said, "The robotic system helps cities avoid construction and traffic congestion, while enabling broadband deployment that underpins the development of Intelligent Communities."
Că-Botics Fiber Systems is busy working in the city sewers of Dublin, Ohio installing cable using STAR™ for the first time in the United States. STAR™ runs cable through the existing underground sewers, permitting the placement of fiber cable up to eight to ten times faster and at one third to two thirds the cost of traditional excavation methods. Că-Botics will complete the two mile build in less than three weeks accessing Dublin's sewer system and will help build Dublin's high-speed Internet infrastructure for local businesses, residents and institutions.
The first robotic installation in North America took place in the Canadian city of Mississauga, Ontario late last year. The City of Mississauga, Canada, a city with 650,000 people on the western edge of Toronto and one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, is the host of the first sewer installation completed in North America in December 2000. After the initial installation in the downtown core, the City gave citywide sewer access to STAR™. Currently, Că-Botics' Canadian partner has paying customers "on line" and is in the advanced stage of planning an extension.
Mr. Jack J. Conie III, President and CEO of Că-Botics, states, "I would like to recognize the forward thinking of the Mayor, Council and staff of Mississauga in Canada as the first adapters of this innovative smart construction solution and the Mayor, Council and staff in Dublin, OH in being the first adopters in the United States."
Mr. Conie adds, "Că-Botics, as the technology licensor for all of North America, with its partners is the first:
"One of the more gratifying aspects of this association," said WTA Chairman Stephen G. Tom, "is the chance it offers to play a role in creating an awareness, in both the mature economies of the world and those in development, of the potential of broadband communications. In the case of this year's recipients, we are truly gratified because they have created new jobs, wealth, innovation and opportunity across the board."
"Că-Botics is truly honored to be recognized by WTA as the provider across North America of the Intelligent Community Technology of the year," said Mr.Conie. "We appreciate our partnerships with Robotics Cabling GmbH of Berlin, Germany and Stream Intelligent Networks Corp. of Toronto, Canada in making this a reality."
Information on the Intelligent Community of the Year Awards is available at www.intelligentcommunity.org.
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