New wireless services get an airing at Comdex

At Comdex, Compaq and Hewlett-Packard both introduced notebook devices with wireless access technology, NTT DoCoMo revealed its...

At Comdex, Compaq and Hewlett-Packard both introduced notebook devices with wireless access technology, NTT DoCoMo revealed its plans to harness Java, and Lucent joined Clearnet to announce a location-based service, writes Antony Adshead

HP's Omnibook 500 has a range of expansion cards that enable wireless connection using Bluetooth or the IEEE 802.11 protocol. Bluetooth is designed for PC-to-peripheral connections while 802.11 is intended as a Lan access standard.

Compaq unveiled its M300 notebook, which is equipped with access to the same wireless protocols as the HP device.

Japan's NTT DoCoMo plans to introduce a Java-enabled version of its successful i-Mode mobile phone service in the new year. Initial Java applications will be targeted at bolstering security and business-to-business transactions.

Lucent and Clearnet, the Canadian mobile network, has announced the trial of a location-based mobile service. This will register the user's location, enabling them to receive real-time services with a local bias via a Web-enabled mobile phone.

Analysts expect the first location-based products to be available within the next year. At least one US-wide service is expected to be in place by the end of 2001.

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