The Tech Museum of Innovation, one of America’s leading science and technology museums, announced today Arrow Network Systems as a 2006 Tech Museum Awards Laureate. The Tech Museum of Innovation, located in San Jose, California, named 25 Laureates for the prestigious Tech Museum Awards Program, presented by Applied Materials, Inc., which celebrates those who leverage new and existing technologies to benefit humanity. This esteemed group of Laureates was selected from among 951 entries received representing 98 countries by program partner, Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society.

Arrow Network Systems has been named a Laureate for the Microsoft Education Award for creating Javelin, a technology which seeks to give free access to educational resources on the Internet to schools in Africa.

“We are greatly excited to be picked up from Africa and honored as a Tech Museum Laureate for work aimed at helping education in the developing world” said Kwaku Boadu, CEO of Arrow Network Systems. “Education is key in reducing poverty and enhancing human development on our continent. It is our aim to use practical technologies like Javelin to put the Internet’s educational resources at the disposal of the African student for free.”

Arrow is a data telecommunication company with a mission of deploying low cost wireless telecom solutions in Africa for on-line-banking, ATMs, point-of-sale applications, telemetry and Internet access. Javelin seeks to address Africa’s Internet access challenges of cost and poor/patchy telecommunication infrastructure. The technology combines long/wide reach UHF data radios and open source Linux-based software for website mirroring and e-mail handling. Educational websites and e-mails are hosted on local servers for instant access, and slowly refreshed using UHF radios. Javelin enables students in poor communities have access to the same educational websites their counterparts in other parts of the world have access to, while effectively blocking students from accessing unauthorized sites using school resources.