Dr. Robert F. Carlson, VP-Engineering, Will Expedite Product Launch
Richmond, Canada - June 17, 2000 - As full-scale production nears for fSONA
Communication Corporation's SONAbeam optical wireless transceiver
systems, the company has named Dr. Robert Carlson as leader of the firm's
engineering team that will manufacture the high-speed, high-reliability
network access devices.
In his new position, Carlson will be responsible for transforming the research
and development conducted at fSONA's labs in Los Angeles, Calif., into commercial
production at the firm's headquarters and manufacturing facility in this
suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia.
"As one of our industry's most highly regarded engineers, Bob Carlson
adds immeasurably to our product team," said Theresa Carbonneau, fSONA
chief executive officer. "Over the years, Bob has amassed a truly impressive
record of achievement in designing and manufacturing advanced optical wireless
transceivers. His success in bringing new laser technology into production
rapidly bodes well for fSONA's performance in the market."
Carlson brings to fSONA nearly 20 years of experience in the design and
production of high speed laser telecommunications systems, both fiber and
wireless. He joined the company after serving as vice president of engineering
for Laser Cellular Corp., of Downington, Penn., which he co-founded. Laser
cellular was a manufacturer of free-space optical wireless equipment, designed
to provide high speed backhaul connectivity between cell sites in densely-populated
Prior to that, Carlson was chief engineer for LSA, Inc., where he was responsible
for the development and manufacture of its laser systems. Before joining
LSA, he was principal engineer for the Communications Division of the MITRE
Corp., an R&D firm that focuses on ultra-high quality control and engineering
for reliability, and which works primarily on government funded military
projects. Carlson has also been a project manager for TRW Systems, Inc.,
and an engineer for the Hughes Aircraft Company.
Carlson's broad experience and professional achievements in laser communications
have made him one of the world's leading authorities on the technology.
At MITRE he was chair of the firm's Technology Council for Optics and Photonics.
A well-known member of the technical community within the international
telecommunications industry, Carlson currently leads the international working
group on laser communications for SPIE (Society for Photo-optical Instrumentation
Carlson holds a PhD and master's degree in electrical engineering from Johns
Hopkins University and a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University
in the same field.
This year, fSONA Communications Corporation will begin marketing the SONAbeam
family of advanced optical wireless transceivers to provide reliable short
haul, high volume, ultra high-speed wireless communications in virtually
all weather conditions. Founded in 1997, fSONA has an exclusive license
from British Telecom to manufacture transceivers capable of carrying information
at speeds as high as 1.25 gigabits - one and a quarter billion bits of information
- per second across free space to receiver terminals as far apart as four
kilometers (2.5 miles).
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