MWD of S. Calif. to Install Brix Monitoring Products

July 28, 2003

Brix Networks, a provider of service assurance solutions for real-time networks, today announced that the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California has chosen the company to enhance its ability to monitor the quality of its Internet Protocol (IP) based video surveillance system that is used to safeguard the public drinking supplies for nearly 18 million people in six counties.

The MWD is initially deploying Brix 100™ Verifiers – custom-built hardware appliances – along with the scalable BrixWorx™ central site software system to test, manage, and verify the health and performance of its enterprise-wide video security system that continuously protects more than two-dozen remote sites.

"The mission of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is to provide our service area with sufficient and reliable supplies of high-quality water to meet present and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. And our 24x7x365 video observation system plays a critical role in helping us fulfill this mission – particularly in this era of heightened security consciousness," said Jay Mohr, network manager, at the MWD. "The Brix solutions are an integral part of our network infrastructure, and give us the ability to perform invaluable, real-time core testing that ensures our video surveillance services are of the highest quality."

With headquarters in Los Angeles, the MWD is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts in Southern California that provides drinking water to residents and businesses in parts of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. The agency currently delivers an average of 1.7 billion gallons of water per day to a 5,200-square-mile service area.

"Video applications typically place harsh demands on network resources and bandwidth, and are also particularly intolerant to quality impacting network impairments, such as latency, jitter, and packet loss," said Tom Pincince, president and CEO of Brix Networks. "The Brix System measures and monitors all critical factors required for high-performance video networks, including the availability and performance of video servers and caches, video quality, and the performance of the supporting IP infrastructure."

Source: Business Wire