AirPort, Apple's wireless networking solution for home, school and office, has landed a top industry prize.

Wind River Systems, a provider of embedded software and services for connected smart devices, has awarded AirPort a Cool Customer Design prize. The fortnightly award highlights outstanding applications in the 1,000 embedded design solutions developed each quarter using Wind River products and services.

Made of AirPort Base Station, the AirPort Card and AirPort 2.0 software, the solution provides shared-network access, firewall security and encryption. With two Ethernet ports and Network Address Translation, the device can create a private network in which up to 50 users share a single global network address.

AirPort is based on the IEEE 802.11b wireless networking standard, which provides wireless connectivity in the home, classroom or office.

Wind River's THG (Tornado for Home Gateways) software platform - an integrated development platform technology - helped Apple boost the networking performance of the AirPort Base Station and add new features such as Radius, which enables schools and businesses to centrally manage user-access control.

Dave Fraser, group vice president and general manager of Wind River's Networks business unit said: "Apple's selection of Wind River for the AirPort Base Station is a perfect example of how our solution-level products are giving customers what they need to bring competitive products to market faster.

Greg Joswiak, senior director of hardware product marketing at Apple said: "With the introduction of AirPort, the first affordable and easy-to-use IEEE802.11b product, Apple has led the wireless revolution."

"Including key technologies from great companies like Wind River has enabled us to take the new AirPort Base Station to the next generation with an even more powerful and flexible architecture."