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A modern-day Atlantis of sorts, the city of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada sits on an island - the delta of the Frazier River. A haven from the watery depths surrounding it, the landmass is made mostly of sand and silicon deposits from the river itself. The environment is flat - pe...
In a continuing report on the space shuttle and the critical role that wireless technology plays in its launch, orbit, and re-entry, WBT's David Geer takes a closer look this month at the program's S-band and Ku-band systems.
Throughout the year 2000, I actually enjoyed the stacks of e-business and other new media publications that showed up in my mailbox, even if some of them were 600-pages thick. Yes, they could be burdensome at times, but I always enjoyed (and still do, though not as often) stories about...
European restaurants have used handhelds for credit-card processing for years, and some have even taken orders wirelessly. Now, with costs dropping, the systems are starting to take off in the U.S. Though not without glitches, they're being adopted by more and more restaurant owners ea...
It's not a question of whether wireless advertising is coming to the U.S. market, but whether consumers will be too unhappy with privacy issues to see the value…
The restrictions placed on the use of wireless devices within hospitals didn't stop this company from deploying a handheld system that would address the leading contributors to escalating health care costs and accidental patient deaths: lack of secure access to clinical data and inabil...
In every market there will be winners and losers. This is especially true for early-stage 'experimental' industries such as wireless. Those companies brave enough to jump in early pave the way for lasting business models. I loved hearing about new dot-com business models - even if ...
Wireless data communications is a fascinating technology. The idea that a clean digital signal can be extracted from the analog soup of RF communications is audacious in concept and even more so in the implementations that are either currently available or being planned for the next fe...
Rather than technology preceding demand (as is often the case), in mobile services, the technology is trying hard to catch up with demand. Innovative companies that have already developed mobile services based on simple technology such as SMS are taking an early advantage in the hu...
With anytime, anywhere access to the Web, e-mail, Internet applications, and more, mobile professionals are enjoying the convenience and flexibility of being cable-free. But what would happen if suddenly 5,000,000 cellphones dropped their calls and stopped working for several hours or ...
After years of losses, China's three biggest Internet portals are making a sharp turnaround, posting their first profits and turning into a rare bright spot on the slumping NASDAQ stock market. Investors can thank China's love affair with the mobile phone.
This month's Dateline China is in the form of 'news in brief' snippets chosen to demonstrate how the pace of infrastructure and application development here is hotting up. These stories all stem from colorful, bustling Shanghai, whose name means 'on the sea,' the home to 8 million resi...
Here's our monthly roundup of 'news in brief' snippets chosen to demonstrate how the pace of wireless infrastructure and application development in the Middle Kingdom is hotting up, SARS or no SARS.
If you're planning a wireless initiative, but are confused by the alphabet soup of acronyms such as WML, PQA, RIM, EPOC, CDMA, GPRS, and countless others, this article will help clear things up with a discussion of five key points to understand now, as well as what to look for in the f...
The president tells us we are fighting a new kind of war. We have witnessed the first battle ­ fought on our turf. The battle of September 11 was fought in part not just with communication, but with wireless communication ­ the new manifestation of an age-old weapon. Here are the stor...
The slow death of Metricom threw their customers for a loop. Here was a company that provided a unique service, yet burned through a billion dollars, and is now seemingly missed by all. Denver-based Aerie Networks recently bought most of the key Ricochet assets for a mere $8.25 millio...
Mobile operators are in a precarious position. Airtime revenue is decreasing faster than fixed costs, and competitors are multiplying. Not only is there high overhead for customer acquisition, but retention costs are also increasing. Mobile operators need to act now to ensure that they...
The year 2001 witnessed significant progress in the development of applications for mobile data. Advertisements now tell consumers they can get driving directions, manage personal information, access enterprise applications, and even receive video clips on their mobile devices. The...
While 3G crawls forward without any sign of speeding up its deployment in Europe, companies such as NTT and British Telecom are quietly escalating their Wireless LAN plans. Although 802.11b, or Wi-Fi as it's commonly known, has been around for awhile, it has always seemed to be the poo...
Anytime, anywhere calling sounds great, but until voice quality is improved, and background noise minimized, mobile users will not want to stay 'on the line.' The promise has seemed simple: mobile phone subscribers should be able to make or take calls anytime, anywhere. That's the ...
WBT's VC editor Tim Bresien has been making the rounds to see which industry segments are getting the most traction. Here's his outlook on what to watch for in the wireless arena in the months ahead.
Java-based IM poses many advantages over SMS. Only by preparing for wireless Java's launch into mobile instant messaging can operators turn possible bad news into good news. Here's a basic strategy to follow.
Analyzing the customer experience to ensure that the end user has a perception of value creates an environment in which a carrier can maximize profitability and a return on investment.
Trying to find the right wireless e-mail service is confusing. With so many options and features, how do you make the right choice? Messaging, broadly defined, includes SMS, instant messaging, paging, e-mail, voice mail, and faxes. They are essentially communications between people on ...
The WAP protocol has laid the groundwork for a new generation of wireless-enabled enterprise applications. Basically anyone who accesses a host computer from a terminal can now use a handheld device to obtain anytime, anywhere information access and data entry. Things will only get bet...
Japanese people seem to be constantly on their mobile phones. However, they are using their handsets more for text messaging and surfing these days than for talking.
At the end of December 2001, 30-billion SMS messages a month were being sent on GSM networks around the world. Not bad for a technology that was meant for a corporate market. The explosive growth of SMS, especially in Europe, can be attributed to many factors. But let me state the obvi...
Keeping up with the whirlwind of new technologies and products can be an overwhelming proposition, to say the least. In order to keep my head spinning faster than an electron, I decided the Java Message Service was the next 'have to know' technology. Late at night, over many cups of co...
For many application developers, the fastest, easiest way to introduce a mobile solution was to 'chop down' an existing Web-based application. Users that had a device with a browser could then access the applications. However, because the resulting applications were not designed for th...
PepsiAmericas significantly changed the way it does business by moving from a direct store delivery to a pre-sell model for its sales and delivery functions. Wireless handheld computers made the transition successful. When you walk into your local convenience store, do you take it ...
In October, Japan's mobile miracle, roughly summed up as 'i-mode, W-CDMA, and Sha-mail,' took a beating in the European press. Given the tiny numbers using i-mode in Europe, W-CDMA difficulties at home, and the alleged dearth of real revenue on Sha-mail, skeptics had a field day.
UPS, one of the world's largest wireless users, continues to expand its wireless capabilities with the deployment this year of a Bluetooth-Wi-Fi scanning application in 1,700 facilities worldwide.
By applying Web-based and wireless technologies, real-estate owners can achieve astounding efficiencies that can drive revenues up and operating costs down, thereby enhancing the value of their properties.


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