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Archive for January, 2004

Airport RF-ID

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 30th, 2004

Network Computing reports that McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is overhauling its baggage-handling systems to incorporate radio-frequency identification tags. McCarran is the first U.S. airport to commit to RFID on a large scale. Denver International Airport and Jacksonville (Fla.) have started small RFID trials, but steep pricing for the nascent technology–as high as 70 […]

Realtime Journalism

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 30th, 2004

Are newspapers dead, dead, dead? You bet. Case in point: Newsplex “where the futures of journalism and news technology intersect”. The partnership of The Ifra Newsplex at the University of South Carolina, Cingular Wireless and Textamerica will allow field journalists to photomoblog every detail of the Democratic presidential primary that takes place on Feb. 3rd […]

Mesh Protocols

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 30th, 2004

An overview of Mesh Networking has been written by Tomas Krag and Sebastian B ettrich. They are wireless consultants working primarily on ways to promote the use of wireless technologies in developing countries. Their current project, the Wireless Roadshow, deals with enabling local communities and non-profits in the developing world to plan, deploy, and maintain […]

WiMax + Satellite?

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 30th, 2004

Unstrung reports that Intel has been talking up “WiMax” to carriers worldwide. Top of Intel’s list of interested parties is European incumbent British Telecommunications, Hong Kong’s PCCW Ltd., Reliance Infocomm Ltd. (in India), Iberbanda (Spain), MVS Net (Mexico), Neotec (Brazil), and UK Broadband. “We have been in discussions with all the major carriers about WiMax, […]

Chinese Security Boycott

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 30th, 2004

Broadcom is boycotting the Chinese “security” standard. Broadcom’s CEO Alan Ross said Chinese regulations imperil the intellectual property of foreign suppliers by requiring them to share design information with local Chinese firms. According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, China has mandated that all Wi-Fi equipment sold in the country must support a Chinese-designed data encryption system. […]

Nextel’s Consensus Move

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 29th, 2004

Nextel kicked off a lobbying campaign this morning designed to ratchet up interest in the so-called “Consensus Plan“. That plan gives spectrum to public safety interests in exchange for other frequencies Nextel could use for “4G”. The group includes the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association […]