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New markets for mesh: It’s for far more than city surveillance

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02/19/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—Ten months ago an electrical substation near San Jose, Calif. came under attack from a group of snipers who remain anonymous and at large. Remarkably, the episode did not draw attention from the national media until Feb.

New Firetide CEO sees mesh networks on the move

Cisco vet John McCool joins Firetide, sees promise for growth as surveillance moves beyond 'the curb'
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05/29/2013

LOS GATOS, Calif.— Cisco veteran John McCool, who joined mesh network provider Firetide as its new CEO on May 20, says there’s an increasing demand to take surveillance mobile.

Cisco vet to head mesh network provider Firetide

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Wireless mesh network provider Firetide today named John McCool as its CEO. McCool comes to Firetide from Cisco, where he worked for 17 years. Most recently he was CTO and SVP of Cisco’s Global Enterprise Segment where he “led the “borderless networks initiative, which accounted for one-third of Cisco’s $46 billion sales in 2012,” according to a statement from Firetide.

“John understands how to build and scale a global business, and he brings a dynamic blend of management experience and technology depth. We are delighted to have John lead Firetide as we enter this period of expanding market opportunity and business growth,” Andy Ludwick, a Firetide board member, said in a prepared statement. Firetide is based in Los Gatos, California.

McCool will join the Firetide board of directors, which includes H. DuBose Montgomery, founder of Menlo Ventures; Duane Zitzner, former EVP of the Personal Systems Group at Hewlett Packard; Andy Ludwick, co-founder of SynOptics and former CEO of Bay Networks; Bo Hedfords, former EVP of Motorola and president of its global wireless infrastructure business; and Christopher Smith, director with Coral Group, a venture investment group.