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Archive for September, 2002

Wireless City Services

Posted by Sam Churchill on September 30th, 2002

The City of St. John’s, North America’s oldest city, is undergoing a wireless and mobility makeover. The City will equip over 100 civic workers with handheld devices to gain real-time, remote access to the Citizen Service and other mission-critical applications. Other components of the City of St. John’s wireless strategy include: Automatic Vehicle Locators (AVL) […]

Grid Unlocked

Posted by Sam Churchill on September 30th, 2002

iGrid, the biennial International Grid event, concentrates on visualizing what Grid can do. A Virtual Laboratory with a 10 GigE circuit between Seattle and Amsterdam was demonstrated. The Pacific Northwest Gigapop and the University of Washington’s Research Channel sent uncompressed HDTV over IP halfway around the world. Tyco Telecommunications will provide the link for the […]

Brewster Kahle’s Odyssey

Posted by Sam Churchill on September 30th, 2002

The Internet Archive Bookmobile will be printing out public-domain books on demand and giving them to people at schools, libraries, shopping malls, senior citizens centers, and other venues as it crosses the country this week. The satellite-linked bookmobile was on view in San Francisco last week in preparation for its cross-country trip to Washington D.C. […]

Mesh Networking Unleashed

Posted by Sam Churchill on September 30th, 2002

LocustWorld, a mesh networking developer, has announced the release of MeshAP-05. This is a prototype release intended for the widest possible test. Locustworld encourages feedback. This is a test release of a bootable CD which turns a single board computer or laptop into a mesh node and access point. Here’s a gallery of meshed devices. […]

Who is cheaper: Wi-Fi or 3G

Posted by Sam Churchill on September 30th, 2002

AT&T Wireless new technologies and planning director, Umesh Amin, claimed 3G nets cost less than 802.11 WLANs. “I feel 802.11 still has a long way to go to meet the needs of the mobile professional. As for costs, it’s true 802.11 capital expense is very low, but you also have to look at the operational […]

Dual-Band Roundup

Posted by Sam Churchill on September 30th, 2002

Netgear today launched a Dual Band PC Card (WAB501). Based on the Atheros’ (AR5001X) WLAN chipset, the $180, Netgear Card automatically roams between 802.11a and 802.11b networks, while providing an option to only enable roaming in either 802.11a or 802.11b networks. The 32-bit WAB501 CardBus adapter appears to be similar to the one SMC announced […]