operating system, scheduled for release late this year or earler
2002, will provide support for 802.11b wireless networking, but
has scrapped plans for supporting Bluetooth and HomeRF. This is
a strong indication that the 802.11b specification will prevail
at the cost of other wireless technologies. This makes sense, as
there is no other wireless technology that can even come close to
offering the funcionality, speed, interoperability, and access locations
that 802.11b provides.
now provides 802.11b wireless access to the students and faculty
anywhere on the campus. Several other universities, and even public
and private K-12 schools have announced similar implementations.
Many justify the move in cost savings when compared to wiring the
facilities and by enabling "mobile" computer labs. Others
simply want to ensure the students are always connected to the resources
that will enhance their educational experience. Many educational
facilities are requiring students to possess laptops or handheld
MerchantWired Inc., a company providing
Internet access to retailers in 302 malls nationally, is implementing
wireless networks in some of the malls allowing inventory control,
e-training, and point-of-sale services. These retailers, and many
others, will be able to make the cash register portable by scanning
credit cards and accepting signatures anywhere in their stores.
standards are already developed, specifically the 11Mbit IEEE802.11b
and 54Mbit IEEE802.11a standards, and ongoing testing occurs to
ensure devices from different manufacturers will work together.
This interoperability of equipment means that new wireless installations
will occur everyday in places it was not even conceived of until
recently. The whole point of public access wireless networking is
to offer consumers options with regard to where and how they communicate.
These applications are only just beginning to be explored. To date,
hundreds of airports, hotels, and convention centers have installed
wireless public access networks.
is very excited to be involved in this industry that will have a
dramatic and positive impact on business and consumer productivity.
We would enjoy working with you in any capacity to understand, implement,
and benefit from wireless networking. Please do not hesitate to
contact us if you have any questions, concerns, or comments!