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  • May 18, 2007 18 May'07

    Second WiMax trial in Warwick

    Pipex Wireless’s second commercial trial of WiMax services will be tested by the public this weekend.

  • May 18, 2007 18 May'07

    Wi-Fi Alliance certifies faster standard

    The Wi-Fi Alliance has certified the first 802.11n draft 2.0 products that will deliver faster Wi-Fi working.

  • May 11, 2007 11 May'07

    Edexcel selects RFID to enhance security

    UK exam body Edexcel is to roll out Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and micro-texting technology this summer to increase the security of the examinations process.

  • May 10, 2007 10 May'07

    ULCC pilot shows wireless network benefits

    The University of London Computer Centre is considering rolling out a wireless service across its 20 institutions after a successful pilot.

  • May 10, 2007 10 May'07

    Scarborough NHS Trust upgrades to Cisco high bandwidth wireless network

    Scarborough NHS Trust is using comms integrator Affiniti to help improve hospital performance and efficiency by replacing its core network with a high bandwidth solution equipped with wireless infrastructure.

  • May 03, 2007 03 May'07

    Alien RFID built on Microsoft’s BizTalk server platform

    Alien Technology has showcased an RFID supply chain solution, which uses Microsoft’s BizTalk server platform.

  • May 01, 2007 01 May'07

    Urban areas target for broadband boost

    Urban areas in the UK will receive a boost to long-range WiMax wireless broadband deployments if a Macropolitan and Alcatel-Lucent UK deal delivers.

  • May 01, 2007 01 May'07

    Products supporting the Wi-Fi Protected Setup standard due for June

    Products supporting a new standard designed to ease the deployment of wireless networks and encourage their use within smaller businesses are expected to be available next month, according to industry body the Wi-Fi Alliance.

  • April 30, 2007 30 Apr'07

    Heathrow Express claims Wi-Fi first

    Heathrow Express has claimed a world first for its deployment of wireless broadband on trains that travel underground through 6km of tunnels.

  • April 29, 2007 29 Apr'07

    WEP: Wireless security's broken skeleton in the closet

    WEP for wireless security was cracked again recently. Though many will say WEP is obsolete, many companies still use it.

  • April 27, 2007 27 Apr'07

    Calls grow for investigation into health effects of Wi-Fi

    Trade union Amicus has supported calls for a government investigation into the potential health effects of using Wi-Fi networks in the workplace, but has warned about raising fears over the technology without reasonable evidence.

  • April 24, 2007 24 Apr'07

    City switches on Wi-Fi network

    The Square Mile in the City of London has switched on its area-wide Wi-Fi network.

  • April 20, 2007 20 Apr'07

    BT acquires Comsat International

    BT is continuing its global expansion programme by acquiring Comsat International, a data communications provider that supplies Latin America.

  • April 20, 2007 20 Apr'07

    Retailers embrace mobile technology

    By 2012, 15% of retailers will have installed technology to communicate with mobile devices, according to Gartner.

  • April 18, 2007 18 Apr'07

    Avaya intros VoWLAN, IP DECT devices for 'campus nomads'

    VoWLAN and IP DECT devices, released this week by Avaya, help connect the latest mobile worker: the campus nomad.

  • April 16, 2007 16 Apr'07

    Wireless kit must be secure 'out of the box', say experts

    Infosecurity Europe: The need to make wireless devices secure by default and more openness on data breaches are on the agenda at next week's Infosecurity conference

  • April 16, 2007 16 Apr'07

    Belfast Institute deploys wireless network for online learning

    The Belfast Institute, the largest provider of further and higher education and training in Northern Ireland, is deploying a Cisco Unified Wireless Network around its central campus to provide secure online learning access.

  • April 10, 2007 10 Apr'07

    Pipex joins with Nokia Siemens to speed UK WiMax roll-outs

    Pipex Wireless and Nokia Siemens Networks have agreed to co-operate on WiMax infrastructure and service development to expand the availability of commercial WiMax services in the UK.

  • April 10, 2007 10 Apr'07

    Computacenter buys C&W networking arm

    The services arm of Computacenter has acquired Allnet, the network integration and structured cabling company owned by Cable & Wireless.

  • April 04, 2007 04 Apr'07

    Wireless VoIP market to grow rapidly

    VoIP and Voice over Wi-Fi markets are expected to be strong in 2007 and remain so through 2012.

  • April 04, 2007 04 Apr'07

    Truck firm rolls out Wi-Fi to support remote working

    Truck and bus manufacturer Scania is rolling out the iPass Mobile Office system to its global remote workforce to help deliver secure wireless flexible working.

  • April 04, 2007 04 Apr'07

    Nissan uses Bluetooth network to push new car

    Nissan has launched a Bluetooth proximity marketing campaign on the Hypertag indoor network.

  • April 03, 2007 03 Apr'07

    HSBC uses Bluetooth for drive-by marketing

    HSBC is using Bluetooth short range wireless technology to send marketing messages to people walking past some of its London branches.

  • April 02, 2007 02 Apr'07

    Networking for SMBs

    Networks made simple -- or complex? From basic definitions to security and VPN must-haves, this guide takes the bite out of network management challenges.

  • March 29, 2007 29 Mar'07

    Bluetooth 'poses serious threat to business'

    Businesses are at serious risk of criminal activity using the Bluetooth wireless connectivity system. Financial adviser Grant Thornton says the widely used short-range system is a major threat to busineses.

  • March 27, 2007 27 Mar'07

    Electromagnetic paint protects wireless networks from hackers

    Companies are to be offered a special “wireless-blocking” paint which can be used to protect their internal wireless networks.

  • March 26, 2007 26 Mar'07

    Robo-computer, GSOH, seeks companionship

    The wacky world of IT

  • March 22, 2007 22 Mar'07

    11n will boost speed, prompt upgrades

    802.11n's speed will be a welcome boost for end-users, but will create headaches as admins face network upgrades to deal with the demand for bandwidth it unleashes.

  • March 22, 2007 22 Mar'07

    802.11n will boost speed, prompt upgrades

    802.11n's speed will be a welcome boost for end-users, but will create headaches as admins face network upgrades to deal with the demand for bandwidth it unleashes.

  • March 16, 2007 16 Mar'07

    WiMax sales soar

    Antony Savvas The value of the WiMax equipment market nearly quadrupled between 2005 and 2006, with worldwide revenue jumping 286% to $549.2m (£289m), according to analyst Infonetics Research.

  • March 15, 2007 15 Mar'07

    Meru links wireless security to QoS

    Meru Networks has introduced a product suite designed to protect wireless networks from security threats, while maintaining the quality of service of applications.

  • March 11, 2007 11 Mar'07

    Wi-Fi interference

    In this research report, undertook the challenge to quantify the problem of interference in wireless LANs and defined a methodology for evaluating the effects of interference on WLANs.

  • March 09, 2007 09 Mar'07

    Wi-Fi sales well ahead for third year in a row

    Worldwide revenue for wireless Lan equipment dipped 5% in the fourth quarter of 2006 to $740.6m (£390m), but topped $2.8bn (£1.47bn) for the full year, said analyst Infonetics Research.

  • March 07, 2007 07 Mar'07

    European Wi-Fi usage spirals

    European Wi-Fi usage among enterprise users is spiralling, according to mobile connectivity solutions specialist iPass, and the UK is leading the way.

  • March 05, 2007 05 Mar'07

    Paris to offer free Wi-Fi broadband to citizens and visitors

    Citizens and visitors to Paris are to get free access to Wi-Fi broadband internet across the capital.

  • February 28, 2007 28 Feb'07

    RFID cloning presentation moves forward despite legal threats

    Chris Paget, director of research and development at IOActive spoke mainly about the science behind RFID tags and readers and the inherent security issues of the technology.

  • February 27, 2007 27 Feb'07

    Black Hat presenter nixes RFID cloning demo under pressure

    A demonstration of a device that could easily clone radio frequency identification (RFID) badges, was pulled from a conference presentation under pressure from a chip maker.

  • February 26, 2007 26 Feb'07

    Bluetooth gets a boost

    Wireless networking technology Bluetooth is already a runaway success. Analyst Craig Mathias explains why it could soon become even more important to networking professionals.

  • February 23, 2007 23 Feb'07

    Wi-Fi FMC market hots up with DiVitas entry

    The market for Wi-Fi fixed mobile convergence (FMC) is heating up with the launch of a new product offering from DiVitas Networks.

  • February 22, 2007 22 Feb'07

    Aruba updates wireless Lan management systems

    Aruba Networks has updated its wireless Lan management systems for the control of enterprise mobile networks, to deliver easier management and support more scalable networks.

  • February 21, 2007 21 Feb'07

    Wireless tools linked for easier roll-out

    Proxim has introduced wireless access products that support Wimax, Wi-Fi mesh, and Wi-Fi access in a single system.

  • February 20, 2007 20 Feb'07

    3GSM show highlights VoIP trend

    Reduced telephony costs, dual-mode handsets, wireless broadband and enterprise mobility share the spotlight at the 3GSM conference

  • February 20, 2007 20 Feb'07

    Reading FC extends wireless system

    Reading Football Club has added security, monitoring and management components to its wireless infrastructure to support its growth.

  • February 20, 2007 20 Feb'07

    Marks & Spencer extends RFID technology to 120 stores

    Marks & Spencer has confirmed that it will use radio frequency identification tags on in-store items across 120 shops nationwide by the middle of May, as it steps up its use of the technology to improve in-store stock levels.

  • February 16, 2007 16 Feb'07

    UK and US armed forces trial private GSM mobile networks

    The UK and US armed forces are trialling private mobile GSM networks set up by UK firm Private Mobile Networks.

  • February 14, 2007 14 Feb'07

    BT to offer smartphones to VoIP business users

    At the 3GSM mobile conference in Barcelona yesterday, BT said it will be offering its VoIP business users Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones for the first time.

  • February 13, 2007 13 Feb'07

    How to build the perfect wireless network

    Judicious use of testing tools is the key to building a wireless LAN that performs as well as the technology allows.

  • February 12, 2007 12 Feb'07

    Nisa-Today's targets RFID efficiencies

    Convenience store supplier Nisa-­Today's expects to increase efficiency and security at its main distribution centre with a radio frequency identification tag implementation.

  • February 07, 2007 07 Feb'07

    Proxim unveils Wimax/Wi-Fi mesh kit

    Proxim has unveiled a new range of wireless access products that support Wimax, Wi-Fi mesh, and Wi-Fi access all in one system.

  • February 01, 2007 01 Feb'07

    IBM gets behind Wimax standard

    IBM has got behind the Wimax long-range wireless data access standard by joining the Wimax Forum.

  • January 26, 2007 26 Jan'07

    Wi-Fi phone sales rocketing

    Global Wi-Fi phone sales topped $535m (£281m) last year, up 327% from 2005, said analyst Infonetics Research.

  • January 24, 2007 24 Jan'07

    802.In-depth Day Three: 802.x performance

    In the final part of his series on the 802.x WLAN protocols, Michael Martin explains the performance you can expect from these networks.

  • January 24, 2007 24 Jan'07

    Intel boosts Wi-Fi connectivity speeds

    Intel has introduced an upgrade to its Wi-Fi connectivity technology that speeds connections, increases range and saves battery life.

  • January 23, 2007 23 Jan'07

    802.In-depth Day Two: The 802.x protocols explained

    What's the difference between 802.11a and 802.11b? Michael Martin explains each protocol's strengths and weaknesses.

  • January 22, 2007 22 Jan'07

    802.In-depth

    Worried about 802.11 wireless networks? In this three-part series, Michael J. Martin explains the protocols, their security features and the kind of performance they deliver.

  • January 18, 2007 18 Jan'07

    News in brief: BSN Medical outsources, Wimax trial, Ecco signs IBM

    Short takes on this week's news

  • January 18, 2007 18 Jan'07

    Pipex trials WiMax network at Warwick council

    Pipex Wireless is to launch a second commercial trial of its WiMax long-range internet connectivity services, working with National Grid Wireless, Warwick Council and Intel.

  • January 17, 2007 17 Jan'07

    Tech Data news in brief: Businessworks ups support; CA upgrade alert, 3G losing battle

    Short takes on this week's Tech Data news

  • January 15, 2007 15 Jan'07

    Wi-Fi pushes out 3G on energy costs

    Energy efficiency may be the most significant barrier to 3G take up, rather than reliability, or consumer acceptance, according to a new analyst report.

  • January 11, 2007 11 Jan'07

    RFID ink product could track humans

    A US company has launched a chip-less RFID (radio frequency identification) ink that can be used to track both animals and people.

  • January 10, 2007 10 Jan'07

    Users urged to beef up WiMax security

    Long-range wireless WiMax deployments are expected in 2007, but users should expect greater security than is currently on offer.

  • January 09, 2007 09 Jan'07

    Smart wireless network re-routes obstructed traffic

    A wireless networking supplier claims to have overcome a problem faced by the process manufacturing industry, namely the way metal blocks prevent wireless network traffic from reaching its destination.

  • January 05, 2007 05 Jan'07

    Panasonic, Samsung and Nokia sued over "unlicensed" Bluetooth technology

    A US research institution is suing Panasonic, Samsung and Nokia over the use of “unlicensed” Bluetooth short-range wireless technology in mobile phones and other gadgets.

  • December 18, 2006 18 Dec'06

    Cisco WLAN design best practices

    Wireless LAN (WLAN) technology has built-in security features, but a one-size-fits-all approach won't ensure adequate security for your organization. This tip provides best practices for designing your security architecture, including user community...

  • December 18, 2006 18 Dec'06

    IBM unveils new RFID software

    IBM has announced new technology that more easily allows organisations securely share and analyse real-time data generated by radio frequency identification (RFID) tags.

  • December 14, 2006 14 Dec'06

    BT launches Fusion Wi-Fi service

    BT has launched BT Fusion Wi-Fi for businesses, bringing together the benefits of fixed and mobile convergence on one mobile device.

  • December 11, 2006 11 Dec'06

    Steer clear of 'pre-certified' 802.11n kit, warns analyst

    Network managers should avoid buying pre-certified 802.11n products because of the poor performance of wireless devices that use the protocol, analyst firm Burton Group has warned.

  • December 11, 2006 11 Dec'06

    SIP desktop phone blends functionality, style

    VoIP desktop phones are no longer the clunky hunks of plastic that take up space on your desk. Siemens yesterday launched a new family of SIP phones that are as slick as they are functional.

  • December 07, 2006 07 Dec'06

    Intel completes WiMax chipset design

    Intel has announced the design completion of its first mobile WiMax baseband chip.

  • December 04, 2006 04 Dec'06

    Manchester calls for broadband wireless network suppliers

    Manchester city council has invited expressions of interest from suppliers in the first step towards a citywide broadband wireless network that is set to be the largest in Europe.

  • December 01, 2006 01 Dec'06

    M&S RFID policy shows benefits

    Three of Marks & Spencer’s largest food suppliers are starting to realise business benefits from using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags in their supply chain.

  • November 28, 2006 28 Nov'06

    Effective wireless security is available, but holes exist

    Specialist vendors offer products that allow even small businesses to run a secure wireless network without paying a high price, but that doesn't mean companies are using it.

  • November 27, 2006 27 Nov'06

    BT installs blocking system to beat threat from maverick wireless links

    BT has become one of the first large organisations to roll out blocking technology to prevent its 60,000 staff logging on to unofficial wireless networks that could expose the firm to hacking and virus attacks.

  • November 27, 2006 27 Nov'06

    Westminster to extend wireless network

    Westminster city council has approved plans to extend a wireless network across its area following its successful pilot.

  • November 20, 2006 20 Nov'06

    IBM unveils RFID ‘privacy protector’

    IBM has introduced an innovative solution to solve privacy concerns about RFID (radio frequency identification): preventing the tags’ means of communication.

  • November 15, 2006 15 Nov'06

    Fifty ways to leave your legacy network [Day Five: Wireless USB]

    Tired of delving through a rat's nest of USB cables to connect your camera? Wireless USB might be the answer, if anyone can agree on a standard.

  • November 14, 2006 14 Nov'06

    Broadcom flaw could allow hacker to control Wi-Fi PCs

    Exploit code for a security flaw in Broadcom Wireless drivers is in the public domain and could allow hackers to take control of PCs via a Wi-Fi connection, according to Symantec.

  • November 14, 2006 14 Nov'06

    M&S ready to start national roll-out of item-level RFID

    Marks & Spencer is planning to deploy item-level radio frequency identification (RFID) tags at almost all its clothing stores after successfully trialling the technology in selected stores last year.

  • November 10, 2006 10 Nov'06

    Fifty ways to leave your legacy network [Day Two: 802.11n]

    802.11n is the latest wireless standard and has only just been given the IEEE good-networking seal of approval, so getting your hands on compliant kit is still a bit tricky.

  • November 09, 2006 09 Nov'06

    IBM peels insecurity off RFID tags

    IBM has developed a technology to limit the data breach threat in radio frequency identification (RFID) tags.

  • November 07, 2006 07 Nov'06

    Heathrow Express to sell passengers Wi-Fi

    Heathrow Express is to offer Wi-Fi access to passengers who use its fast train service that links central London to Heathrow Airport.

  • November 07, 2006 07 Nov'06

    Bluetooth rockets tenfold in three years

    Shipments of equipment with bluetooth wireless technology have rocketed tenfold in three years, a report from industry analysts has revealed.

  • November 06, 2006 06 Nov'06

    Siemens launches centralised wireless Lan console

    Siemens Communications has announced a new centralised wireless Lan management platform.

  • October 30, 2006 30 Oct'06

    Essential practices for securing mobile devices

    In this lesson, Lisa Phifer examines inherent weaknesses in mobile messaging devices, and discusses how to lock down mobile platforms to protect against emerging threats and risky end-user behaviors and how to ensure Bluetooth-enabled handsets ...

  • October 30, 2006 30 Oct'06

    Wireless network security testing

    The abundance of wireless devices is making wireless networks -- both authorised and unauthorised -- more common. Attack your own wireless networks to find vulnerabilities before malicious hackers do. Security testing expert Kevin Beaver covers the ...

  • October 30, 2006 30 Oct'06

    GNER claims world’s largest Wi-Fi fleet

    Train operator GNER has completed its Wi-Fi installation across its entire fleet of 41 electric and diesel passenger trains.

  • October 23, 2006 23 Oct'06

    RFID system locates 100,000 flower trolleys

    FloraHolland, the word’s largest flower auction company, has implemented the pilot stage of a radio frequency identification (RFID) system from GlobeRanger and Atos Origin.

  • October 23, 2006 23 Oct'06

    Rapid increase in wireless hotspot growth

    Deployment of wireless hotspots in Europe has jumped by 28% between May 2005 and September 2006, according to research by BroadGroup Tariff Services.

  • October 23, 2006 23 Oct'06

    Bluetooth group to TransSend communications problems

    The Bluetooth special interest group (SIG) has launched a client/server application that allows Internet content to be wirelessly transferred from a Bluetooth-enabled PC to another mobile Bluetooth device such as a phone or PDA.

  • October 18, 2006 18 Oct'06

    US National Guard buys RFID system to track equipment in the field

    The US National Guard has bought a radio frequency identification (RFID) system from supplier Savi Technology so that it can track supplies both in its armouries and in the field.

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