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  • April 04, 2006 04 Apr'06

    Tube Lines trials RFID as part of Underground overhaul

    Tube Lines, the tube maintenance company for London Underground, is halfway through a trial of radio frequency identification technology to help engineers pinpoint their exact location when working in the capital's network of tunnels.

  • March 29, 2006 29 Mar'06

    New security product for Skype

    SurfControl has released a product to protect corporate networks against threats caused by adoption of the IP telephony system Skype.

  • March 29, 2006 29 Mar'06

    Emulex provides added San control

    Storage networking connectivity provider Emulex Corporation has launched a new line of multi-protocol storage router products, the Emulex Storage Router Models 725 and 735.

  • March 29, 2006 29 Mar'06

    D-Link for SMB networks

    End-to-end networking systems provider D-Link has launched two next-generation Layer2+ gigabit switches to boost SMBs’ network performance, flexibility, security and multi-layer quality of service (QoS).

  • March 29, 2006 29 Mar'06

    Telecoms gateway for SMBs

    Intoto, a provider of integrated security, wireless and voice software platforms, has announced new VXML gateway software for small- to medium-sized business (SMB) virtual IP PBX applications.

  • March 22, 2006 22 Mar'06

    RFID widens its grip beyond retailing

    Despite niggling privacy concerns, radio frequency identification (RFID) is impacting a wide range of industries beyond its obvious home in the supply chain

  • March 21, 2006 21 Mar'06

    3 enters data card arena

    After months of speculation, mobile media company 3 has unveiled a data card offering what the company says is the best 3G coverage in the UK.

  • March 21, 2006 21 Mar'06

    EC backs wireless development project to aid creation of cross-platform applications

    The European Commission has backed a new wireless development platform designed to make it easier and cheaper for service providers and users to develop and adopt mixed wireless technologies.

  • March 20, 2006 20 Mar'06

    Ericsson and Lucent fight over Riverstone

    Ericsson has made an eleventh hour bid to buy the assets of bankrupt Riverstone Networks.

  • March 17, 2006 17 Mar'06

    CeBIT suppliers fail Wi-Fi security test

    More than half the wireless networks used at the CeBIT IT trade fair in Hanover, Germany, last week were vulnerable to hackers because they had no encryption protection, research has revealed.

  • March 15, 2006 15 Mar'06

    RFID tags could be exposed to viruses

    European researchers are to demonstrate it is possible to insert software viruses into radio frequency identification (RFID) tracking tags.

  • March 15, 2006 15 Mar'06

    Improve your storage options

    What can storage areas networks do for you? Find out details of complete and cost-effective storage solutions.

  • March 15, 2006 15 Mar'06

    VoIP breaks through the sound barrier

    A respectable 57% of the 3,000 enterprise IT managers surveyed by Vanson Bourne say they might consider moving to a converged voice and data solution this year.

  • March 14, 2006 14 Mar'06

    Wireless special report: Remote revolution

    Establishing the balance between effective security and business benefit poses a major challenge for the IT department. Alison Connolly reports

  • March 14, 2006 14 Mar'06

    National Express trials coach-based Wi-Fi

    National Express has begun a trial of wireless access systems on its coaches travelling between London and Cambridge.

  • March 14, 2006 14 Mar'06

    Switch to RFID 'could take 15 years'

    It could be 15 years before radio frequency identification (RFID) tags become universal in retail, according to German supermarket giant Metro Group, which is running a pioneering pilot of the technology.

  • March 13, 2006 13 Mar'06

    Operators stop selling Motorola Razr after bug crashes device

    Motorola is investigating a faulty batch of its popular Razr mobile phone, which has already led two mobile operators in the US to stop selling the device.

  • March 13, 2006 13 Mar'06

    European Commission backs easier wireless development platform

    The European Commission has backed a new wireless development platform that will make it easier and cheaper for service providers and users to develop and adopt mixed wireless technologies.

  • March 10, 2006 10 Mar'06

    CeBIT: European Commission to consult over RFID use

    The European Commission has used CeBIT to launch a major European-wide consultation into the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.

  • March 09, 2006 09 Mar'06

    National Express trial coach-based Wi-Fi

    National Express has launched a trial wireless access systems on its coaches travelling between between London and Cambridge.

  • March 08, 2006 08 Mar'06

    Intel brings forward Wimax plans

    Intel is bringing forward its Wimax long range wireless data plans, with the introduction of laptop data cards before the year is out.

  • March 08, 2006 08 Mar'06

    QLogic SANbox ships with HP StorageWorks EVA platform

    Network equipment provider QLogic’s SANbox 6000 Series intelligent storage router is now available as the HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) iSCSI Connectivity Option.

  • March 07, 2006 07 Mar'06

    EMC expands NAS offering

    EMC has unveiled two new network attached storage (NAS) devices and a system for root-cause diagnosis of NAS systems.

  • March 07, 2006 07 Mar'06

    Chip and pin helps cut card fraud by 13%

    The chip and pin system helped cut credit and debit card fraud by almost 13% last year.

  • March 07, 2006 07 Mar'06

    Your shout: IT's a job not a career, Skype pros and cons, blade cooling

    Readers' views on the week's news

  • March 07, 2006 07 Mar'06

    Chemists get managed broadband

    Pharmaceutical group Alliance UniChem is rolling out a managed broadband service to more than 3,000 independent pharmacies that it supplies in preparation for the launch of electronic prescriptions.

  • March 07, 2006 07 Mar'06

    Softphone digs deeper

    CeBit 2006 will have many innovative examples of technologies that link communications and telephony into business systems.

  • March 01, 2006 01 Mar'06

    Users help Balfour roll-out

    Civil engineering giant Balfour Beatty is using a core team of end-users to facilitate the roll-out of Oracle eBusiness Suite across its diverse businesses.

  • March 01, 2006 01 Mar'06

    Sun offers easier RFID deployment with updated software

    Sun Microsystems has introduced a new version of its radio frequency identification (RFID) software, to make it easier for firms to deploy and manage RFID networks.

  • March 01, 2006 01 Mar'06

    Lower costs on the cards as Nokia gets serious on Wi-Fi convergence

    Integrating mobile phones into a corporate wireless local area network was a feature of the 3GSM conference in Barcelona.

  • February 28, 2006 28 Feb'06

    Lack of RFID skills will stall roll-outs

    Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology adoption rates will suffer because of a lack of skills in the field.

  • February 27, 2006 27 Feb'06

    University bans Wi-Fi over cancer fears

    A Canadian university has banned the use of Wi-Fi on campus through fears that the electromagnetic forces generated could cause cancer.

  • February 22, 2006 22 Feb'06

    Ofcom issues consultation on VoIP regulations

    Communications watchdog Ofcom is to overhaul the regulations covering VoIP services after huge growth in the sector.

  • February 21, 2006 21 Feb'06

    City of London gets Wi-Fi cloud

    The City of London will roll out a Wi-Fi network over the next six months, to give City workers and visitors access to the internet in the streets and open spaces across the Square Mile.

  • February 21, 2006 21 Feb'06

    Will Microsoft give Blackberry the blues?

    Users will need to choose between the promise of a wide range of applications and an established product as Microsoft launches its push e-mail service at the 3GSM conference in Barcelona last week.

  • February 15, 2006 15 Feb'06

    GSM Association and Intel jointly promote laptop 3G connectivity

    The GSM Association and Intel are to jointly promote the bundling of 3G and higher-speed HSDPA wireless data technology into laptops.

  • February 14, 2006 14 Feb'06

    Skype and Intel push converged communications for SMBs

    Internet-based communications company Skype and Intel are collaborating to optimise Skype for Intel dual-core processor-based PCs. The move is part of a strategy to enhance voice and video over the internet.

  • February 13, 2006 13 Feb'06

    Your shout: NHS patient data, business intelligence software, IT project success

    Computer Weekly readers' have their say

  • February 13, 2006 13 Feb'06

    Converged mobile systems promise cost savings

    Suppliers will use 3GSM to showcase a range of converged mobile devices. Avaya, Alcatel, Cisco, Motorola and Nokia are among suppliers set to discuss how they have integrated 3G mobile handsets with Wi-Fi, fixed lines and IP-based private branch ...

  • February 13, 2006 13 Feb'06

    QoS added to network certificates

    The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) has expanded its certification programme to include quality of service parameters in network kit.

  • February 13, 2006 13 Feb'06

    Chip manufacturers join forces to support combined 3G/Wi-Fi

    Atheros Communications and Qualcomm have joined forces to develop and manufacture a range of wireless chips that can be used in phones operating on both 3G and Wi-Fi networks.

  • February 10, 2006 10 Feb'06

    Skype adds user presence feature on websites

    Voice over IP company Skype has developed a user “presence” feature in its software, which companies can add to their web pages to enable users to see who is available to receive phone calls.

  • February 10, 2006 10 Feb'06

    Virgin promises Wi-Fi to overcome connectivity problems

    Virgin Trains is planning to roll out Wi-Fi services on its trains, despite many users of mobile data cards and even mobile phone users complaining of difficulties in getting an adequate connection on existing services.

  • February 10, 2006 10 Feb'06

    Phones at risk of drive by attacks

    A number of mobile phones from Sony Ericsson are vulnerable to remote attack from a “drive-by” technique.

  • February 09, 2006 09 Feb'06

    British businesses see VOIP benefits

    UK enterprises are ahead of their European counterparts in the adoption of voice over IP technology, and uptake is not simply driven by the desire to reduce call costs.

  • February 09, 2006 09 Feb'06

    Government fears UK could be left behind in comms race

    The government is concerned that the UK could be left behind in the race to adopt new IP access technologies.

  • February 08, 2006 08 Feb'06

    Linksys launches switches for SMB networks

    Linksys unveils new range of web and SNMP Switches designed especially for SMBs

  • February 07, 2006 07 Feb'06

    Broadband is too pricey, say users

    Telecoms managers in some of the UK's largest businesses are concerned about the availability of broadband, the quality of voice over IP services, the security threats of instant messaging and the complexity of billing from their telecoms providers.

  • February 06, 2006 06 Feb'06

    Ford IT leaders co-ordinate global RFID effort

    IT managers from Ford's US and European manufacturing businesses met last week to co-ordinate their RFID projects.

  • February 06, 2006 06 Feb'06

    Firms warned of instant messaging worm threat

    Businesses have been warned to prepare for an onslaught of malicious worm attacks through corporate instant messaging systems.

  • February 06, 2006 06 Feb'06

    Asda to begin testing RFID tags as Wal-Mart extends worldwide trial

    The use of radio frequency identification technology is becoming more widespread across all industry sectors. We look at how firms are using it to streamline their operations

  • February 06, 2006 06 Feb'06

    TNT rolls out RFID along supply chain

    Delivery provider TNT Express is expanding its multimillion-pound RFID programme in trials to optimise global supply chains.

  • February 02, 2006 02 Feb'06

    VoIP labelled ‘botnet’ threat

    A Cambridge University professor has warned that Voice over IP applications could be used to cloak networks of zombies and launch denial of service (DoS) attacks.

  • February 01, 2006 01 Feb'06

    Isle of Man deploys VoIP network

    The Isle of Man government has deployed a £4m voice over IP network connecting 180 locations and 4,500 public sector workers.

  • January 31, 2006 31 Jan'06

    IBM tightens Lotus integration with SAP

    IBM is building tighter integrations between its Lotus Notes e-mail suite and SAP enterprise software.

  • January 31, 2006 31 Jan'06

    Software defined radio system holds out the hope of full wireless interoperability

    Emerging technology will enable mobiles to access different frequencies

  • January 31, 2006 31 Jan'06

    IBM building collaboration into desktops through Lotus strategy

    IBM is developing tools to cater for the emerging ways of working and sharing information evidenced by the popularity of internet-based applications such as Skype, instant messaging and online portals.

  • January 31, 2006 31 Jan'06

    Lan-speed mobile technology to be showcased at 3GSM conference

    Broadband-speed mobile technology will be showcased at this year's 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona in the second week of February.

  • January 30, 2006 30 Jan'06

    BT VoIP service hit by outage

    Thousands of BT’s broadband voice over IP subscribers were cut off from the service last week.

  • January 25, 2006 25 Jan'06

    Cisco combats router glitches

    Networking specialist Cisco has had to patch a series of security vulnerabilities affecting its routers and Call Manager software, some of which could be used to launch a denial-of-service (DoS) attack against the products.

  • January 24, 2006 24 Jan'06

    Symbian mobiles targeted by three Trojans

    Three new malicious Trojans aimed at mobile phones running the Symbian operating system have been released into the wild.

  • January 24, 2006 24 Jan'06

    Wal-Mart tests RFID data integration system

    Retailer Wal-Mart is testing a system to integrate data taken from radio frequency identification tags with automated electronic data interchange information.

  • January 24, 2006 24 Jan'06

    Doubts over returns hinder RFID take-up

    Few Western European manufacturing, retail, wholesale, and logistics companies piloted or were planning to pilot radio frequency identification technology in 2005.

  • January 24, 2006 24 Jan'06

    First draft for 802.11n due to be approved

    The IEEE standards committee is expected to adopt a first draft of the 802.11n specification this week. The 802.11n specification is designed to improve the bandwidth of wireless networks, supporting at least 100mbps, according to the IEEE.

  • January 20, 2006 20 Jan'06

    Fast Wi-Fi speeds on the way

    Much higher Wi-Fi speeds are on the way, following a decision by the IEEE standards body to approve the 802.11n standard.

  • January 19, 2006 19 Jan'06

    Potential WiMax users left waiting

    The certification of the first official WiMax long-range wireless broadband has been delayed.

  • January 19, 2006 19 Jan'06

    RFID growing fast

    A report by analyst Regan, Jacob and Sydney says 2006 will be the year when radio frequency identification (RFID) crosses the chasm into mainstream maturity.

  • January 19, 2006 19 Jan'06

    Cisco fixes VoIP security problem

    Cisco has fixed two security flaws in one of its main voice over IP products, which could allow attackers to crash company networks or take over systems.

  • January 18, 2006 18 Jan'06

    Wal-Mart advances its RFID system

    Wal-Mart Stores is testing a system to integrate data taken from radio frequency identification (RFID) tags with automated electronic data interchange (EDI) information.

  • January 17, 2006 17 Jan'06

    RFID tagging used to fight back against counterfeit drug problem

    The pharmaceutical industry is increasingly using radio frequency identification tags to control prescription distribution, a meeting of the BCS South Wales branch heard earlier this month.

  • January 17, 2006 17 Jan'06

    Western Europe sees gradual RFID take-up

    Western European companies are still at the early stages of implementing radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, but the take-up is gradually going up.

  • January 12, 2006 12 Jan'06

    Hackers target IM products

    Many experts in the field of extended communications agree that in 2005 there was a tipping point for recognition by enterprises of the usefulness of instant messaging (IM) products.

  • January 10, 2006 10 Jan'06

    MPs blast parliament's IT

    The House of Commons Administration Committee has slammed the IT facilities available to new MPs and called on Westminster to consider making a secure wireless Lan available.

  • January 10, 2006 10 Jan'06

    Virgin Mobile customers knocked out by US outage

    Thousands of mobile phone customers in the US, including users of the Virgin Mobile service, were cut off after fibre cables went down yesterday.

  • January 09, 2006 09 Jan'06

    Microsoft tests Live Messenger service

    Microsoft has started beta testing its Windows Live Messenger service, which includes features such as voice over IP.

  • January 09, 2006 09 Jan'06

    Bodies link to reduce net frequency clashes

    Wireless networking trade groups are joining forces to improve data networking speeds and reduce interference between technologies.

  • January 09, 2006 09 Jan'06

    Wi-Fi phone offers IP calls via hotspots

    Vonage has launched a Wi-Fi phone that subscribers to its voice over IP service can use to make phone calls using public wireless hotspots.

  • January 09, 2006 09 Jan'06

    Pfizer to use RFID to beat counterfeiters

    Pfizer is to start using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on its US shipments of Viagra to help tackle counterfeiters of the male sexual performance drug.

  • January 05, 2006 05 Jan'06

    Symantec moves into IM

    In what may be an interesting trend for the year, leading security firm Symantec has signed a definitive agreement to acquire IMlogic, a market leader in enterprise software for instant messaging (IM).

  • January 05, 2006 05 Jan'06

    US begins major RFID passport trial

    As the debate rumbles on around the use of smartcards and advanced biometrics as a means of establishing identity within organisations, the US government is making strides to take such technologies into the public domain.

  • January 05, 2006 05 Jan'06

    Skype launches Wi-Fi VoIP phone

    Skype and Netgear are the latest firms to offer a Wi-Fi phone that works on voice over IP networks.

  • January 04, 2006 04 Jan'06

    Symantec enters instant messaging security market by acquisition

    Security software company Symantec is targeting the instant messaging security market by acquiring leading player IMlogic.

  • January 03, 2006 03 Jan'06

    New Wi-Fi hotspots to support four million users

    Wi-Fi operator The Cloud is creating widespread wireless hotspots in a clutch of UK towns and cities.

  • December 13, 2005 13 Dec'05

    Research firm's IP phones go wireless

    The British Market Research Bureau, part of the Millward Brown Group, will this month extend its IP telephony system to support wireless telephony.

  • December 13, 2005 13 Dec'05

    Use of Wi-Fi up but concerns over hotspot cost and security remain

    Sales of Wi-Fi-enabled devices have increased 64% this year and will exceed 120 million units before the year is out, according to research firm In-Stat. But analysts said many organisations are still wary of the technology.

  • December 13, 2005 13 Dec'05

    Wireless groups work together to improve performance

    Several wireless networking trade groups are joining forces to improve data networking speeds and reduce interference between their technologies.

  • December 13, 2005 13 Dec'05

    Vonage launches Wi-Fi phone

    Vonage is this week launching a Wi-Fi phone that subscribers to its voice over IP service can use to make phone calls using wireless hot spots in public spaces.

  • December 12, 2005 12 Dec'05

    Stock exchange offers web service for SMEs

    The London Stock Exchange has developed a hosted web service to give firms with a small market capitalisation and those listed on the alternative investment market a cost-effective online investor relations presence.

  • December 12, 2005 12 Dec'05

    Triple Eight takes a lead in the race for simpler networks

    Triple Eight Race Engineering has deployed what is believed to be the first "pair-based design" network infrastructure in the UK at its new VXR Performance Centre, due to open in 2006.

  • December 12, 2005 12 Dec'05

    Panasonic dumps GSM for 3G Linux

    Panasonic is ending development of GSM mobile phones and will concentrate instead on 3G Linux-based phones, which are already popular in Asia.

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