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Archive for May, 2003

Seattle’s Talking Signs

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 30th, 2003

Seattle’s Sound Transit is trying out a new gizmo; Talking Signs. It’s a system of infrared transmitters and receivers that announce directions and locations for the sight-impaired who can’t read signs. Talking Signs transmitters provide labels and directions such as “Reception Desk”, “Conference Rooms Ahead”, “Public Telephone”, or “6th & Main”. The messages are spoken […]

Sharing Community Satellite Networks

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 30th, 2003

A small community in Alaska is sharing satellite access and has funded a wireless ISP to provide access to it. Coffman Cove, with about 200 inhabitants, share a Starband satellite internet access through SkyFrames who installed it along with a community LAN connection to provide local access to it. SkyFrames combines a StarBand VSAT terminal […]

Matt Peterson Profile

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 29th, 2003

Matt Peterson, who might be consided the “father of Community LANs”, is profiled in a recent newspaper article. Peterson founded the Bay Area Wireless Users Group (archives from 2000), which now boasts over 2,000 members and is a leading force behind the Bay Area Research Wireless Network (BARWN), a “free” community LAN backbone network in […]

Fiber to the Premises

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 29th, 2003

The three largest U.S. local telephone companies, Verizon, SBC Communications and BellSouth, on Thursday announced they have agreed on a common set of technical standards to improve development of fiber-optic networks and speed the introduction of new services. The standards involve technology known as “fiber to the premises,” or the extension of high-speed, high-capacity fiber […]

5G Municipal Wi-Fi

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 29th, 2003

5G Wireless announced today that it has begun beta testing Mobile Wi-Fi in the City of Garden Grove, California. The Mobile Wi-Fi capability is an extension of 5G recently announced WiFi HotZone. 5G’s will provide coverage over a mile away using strategically placed repeaters. 5G claims it is possible to provide the entire fleet of […]

Palm VoIP

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 29th, 2003

Palm Computer announced an integrated Voice over IP solution for their Tungsten C handheld today. Agreements with five companies will provide voice over IP (VoIP), Wi-Fi, and authentication software based on protocol developed by Cisco. The Tungsten C handheld ($499), features a 400MHz of ARM; 64MB of memory; a built-in keyboard; and a 320 x […]