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Fluidmesh Networks
IndustryComputer networking
FoundedJanuary 2005; 16 years ago (2005-01)
FateAcquired by Cisco Systems
Key people
Umberto Malesci, CEO, Cosimo Malesci, EVP Sales, Alessandro Erta, CTO, Andrea Orioli, VP Operations

Fluidmesh Networks is a hardware and software manufacturer of wireless point-to-point networks, wireless point-to-multipoint networks, and wireless mesh networks.[1] Fluidmesh products are used in video-surveillance, enterprise, industrial, railway, maritime, and military projects.

Corporate History[edit]

Fluidmesh was founded in 2005 by four Italian engineers: Umberto Malesci, Cosimo Malesci, Andrea Orioli, and Torquato Bertani. Fluidmesh was a spin-off company from MIT where Umberto Malesci and Cosimo Malesci were graduate students in the Department of Engineering. In 2005, Umberto Malesci was a graduate student working at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory with Prof. Samuel Madden (MIT) when he developed Fluidmesh's initial software based on the Roofnet open-source project leveraging Click Modular Router.[2] The Company was initially incubated at the Politecnico di Milano, in Milan, Italy. Over the years, Fluidmesh Networks expanded into the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America,[3] and obtained exposure on the Italian national press and television as a successful example of innovation-driven entrepreneurship in the high tech space.[4][5] Within ten years, Fluidmesh had sold and installed approximately 24,000 miles of wireless links.[6]

In 2010, Fluidmesh partnered with CCTV camera manufacturer, Pelco.[7]

In April 2011, Fluidmesh Networks announced it had been acquired by Generation 3 Capital and Waveland Investments, two private equity firms based in Chicago.[8]

In 2016, Fluidmesh Networks and Cisco announced a partnership to combine Cisco Connected Rail Solutions and Fluidmesh train-to-ground wireless technology into a single solution.[9]

On April 6th 2020, Cisco announced its intent to acquire Fluidmesh.[10][11] The acquisition was completed July 7, 2020.[12]

Products and services[edit]

  • Trackside WiFi and Mobile Connectivity for Trains and Railroads[13]
  • Internet of Things (IoT) for Vessels and Maritime Applications[14]
  • Wireless Backhaul for fixed wireless networks


  1. ^ "A Mesh that is good". Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  2. ^ "The American Start-up with the brain in Milan". Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  3. ^ "Grow at all costs". Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  4. ^ "The new Italy that move forward: Fluidmesh". Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  5. ^ "Milan Start-up Gub". Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  6. ^ "Understanding the Internet of Things with Fluidmesh Networks". Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  7. ^ "Fluidmesh Pelco Partnership". Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  8. ^ "Fluidmesh Acquisition by Private Equity Firms". Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  9. ^ "Fluidmesh and Cisco join forces to help improve WiFi on Trains and Subways". Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  10. ^ "Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Fluidmesh Networks". Cisco Blogs. 2020-04-06. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  11. ^ Cooney, Michael (2020-04-06). "Cisco goes after wireless IoT with Fluidmesh acquisition". Network World. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  12. ^ "Cisco Completes Acquisition of Fluidmesh Networks". Cisco News Room. 2020-07-06. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  13. ^ "Super-Powerful Italian Wi-Fi Wins over US Companies". Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  14. ^ "How Fluidmesh Helped Increase Public Safety of New York Waterway". Retrieved 2018-09-11.

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