New leader takes the helm at Firetide

John McCool discusses what attracted him to the growing market for wireless mesh networks


While there are several providers of mesh network technology in the industry, McCool said what really attracted him to Firetide was that they really differentiated themselves from the rest of the market in terms of capabilities.

“Mesh is not easy. It was difficult to get the functionality to work, the software is a significant investment that Firetide made to make these systems work, to get a channel that knows how to deploy and design mesh-based products, so in that way, from my perspective, it was an excellent platform to come build on top of,” he said. “We consider our market to really be anyone that wants to build a wireless broadband network. The bulk of our business is around connecting video surveillance equipment, largely for public safety, but now every vertical is interested in surveillance or safety of some kind.”