The first Bluetooth enabled access server has been released by Red-M, a subsidiary of Madge Networks.
The Red-M 3000AS access server provides mobile access to the Internet and local intranet from a wide range of Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as notebook PCs and personal digital assistants.
Bluetooth is a wireless personal area network technology, that offers an open standard for short-range transmission of digital voice and data between mobile and desktop devices.
The 3000AS, combined with the 1000AS access point, enables a Bluetooth network to be provided inside a building, making it possible for any Bluetooth device within the area to have instant access to the Internet and local intranet.
Red-M is aiming to take Bluetooth beyond being a simple short-range cable replacement technology and use it to enable a new class of mobile communication applications.
Both the 3000AS and 1000AP incorporate a high-power, high-sensitivity radio design that provides coverage of up to 100m per access server or access point. Until now, most Bluetooth devices have had no more than 20 or 30m coverage.
The server incorporates virtual private networking, wide area networking and local area networking interfaces as standard. It also offers a secure firewall.