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  • 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.

  • October 16, 2006 16 Oct'06

    WiMAX: your next WAN?

    It's all the rage for empowering mobile workers, but David Braue wonders whether WiMAX could also displace ADSL as the corporate WAN technology of choice.

  • October 15, 2006 15 Oct'06

    Flaw found in Toshiba wireless device driver

    Attackers could exploit a flaw in the Toshiba Bluetooth wireless device driver to cause a denial of service or launch malicious code on victims' machines.

  • October 10, 2006 10 Oct'06

    Rolls-Royce fires up RFID trial

    Rolls-Royce's defence aerospace business is beginning a radio frequency identification (RFID) trial to help it comply with the decision by the US Department of Defense to use the radio tagging technology throughout its supply chain.

  • October 09, 2006 09 Oct'06

    Wirelessly connecting teachers and students

    Wenona School is a non-denominational day and boarding school educating around 800 girls from kindergarten to year 12. The main senior campus and a junior campus are on Walker Street in North Sydney, with an additional campus on Miller Street. The ...

  • October 09, 2006 09 Oct'06

    RFID faces security probe

    A group of US university computer scientists is launching a research project to protect data stored in radio frequency identification (RFID) smart tags.

  • October 05, 2006 05 Oct'06

    Cisco addresses Wi-Fi interference problems

    Cisco Systems is offering a Wi-Fi tool that reduces the interference from rival networks and other competing wireless devices.

  • October 04, 2006 04 Oct'06

    SAP and Cisco invest millions in RFID start-up

    Cisco Systems and SAP have ploughed millions of dollars into emerging radio frequency identification (RFID) supplier Reva Systems.

  • October 04, 2006 04 Oct'06

    Nokia unveils Bluetooth wireless rival for smaller devices

    Nokia has unveiled a short-range wireless rival to Bluetooth, which uses less power and can be loaded onto smaller devices.

  • October 03, 2006 03 Oct'06

    Cisco, Cognio team up on Wi-Fi interference detection

    Cisco and Cognio have partnered to troubleshoot and diagnose problems on the Wi-Fi network.

  • October 03, 2006 03 Oct'06

    Cisco, Cognio team up on Wi-Fi interference detection

    Cisco and Cognio have partnered to troubleshoot and diagnose problems on the Wi-Fi network.

  • September 26, 2006 26 Sep'06

    Fixed-mobile convergence service promises savings

    BT has unveiled a new enterprise fixed/mobile convergence service to help organisations merge their Wi-Fi networks with GSM mobile networks to cut costs.

  • September 19, 2006 19 Sep'06

    IT admins get help minding remote users

    With the number of mobile users growing every year, new features are in demand to help desperate IT managers keep tabs on wireless devices. New features from Exchange Server 2003's SP2 provide some remote relief.

  • September 14, 2006 14 Sep'06

    Set up an ad hoc WiFi network

    What if you wanted to do pretty much everything you can do on a network, but didn't have a router? You can set up an ad hoc network, in which you can connect on a peer-to-peer basis with other computers and PDAs. You don't need any extra software; ...

  • September 13, 2006 13 Sep'06

    BT unveils new enterprise fixed-mobile deal

    BT has unveiled a new enterprise fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) solution to help organisations merge their Wi-Fi networks to GSM mobile networks to cut costs.

  • September 12, 2006 12 Sep'06

    Ofcom promotes satellite broadband on trains

    Telecoms regulator Ofcom is making available a new spectrum license that will allow train operators to offer passengers broadband access via satellite links.

  • September 11, 2006 11 Sep'06

    Milton Keynes to trial public Wimax network

    Milton Keynes is to test a Wimax wireless network, in what its organisers say is the first trial of its kind in the UK.

  • September 07, 2006 07 Sep'06

    RFID continues to raise security concerns

    As more applications are developed for radio frequency identification technology, CIOs need to pay closer attention to the potential security risks.

  • September 06, 2006 06 Sep'06

    VoIP startup untethers would-be mobile workers from wireline office phones

    VoIP startup DiVitas Networks has voice-over-WiFi-to-cellular technology in the works that gives endusers access to enterprise apps and puts dual-mode handset management in the hands of network administrators.

  • September 05, 2006 05 Sep'06

    ControlGuard targets rogue devices

    ControlGuard Access Manager is an effective tool for controlling what devices users can add to their workstations and how they are used.

  • September 04, 2006 04 Sep'06

    Make your data work a lot harder

    Business intelligence: With so many similar tools available, what should firms look for to ensure they choose the most effective business intelligence technology?

  • September 04, 2006 04 Sep'06

    Protecting wireless networks: Step 1

    Security testing expert Kevin Beaver covers the tools and techniques you'll need to find and exploit insecure wireless networks.

  • August 29, 2006 29 Aug'06

    Next generation Wi-Fi standards take shape

    Industry body the Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the first phase of plans to certify the next generation of Wi-Fi products.

  • August 18, 2006 18 Aug'06

    T-Mobile launches “super-fast” handheld

    Telecommunications firm T-Mobile claims to have launched the first new generation “super-fast” handheld device in Europe.

  • August 14, 2006 14 Aug'06

    Wireless security boost for laptops outside the office

    >Most companies do a pretty good job with wireless security within the office walls, but what happens when end users take their laptops home -- or to Starbucks?

  • August 14, 2006 14 Aug'06

    Revenues in RFID market set to fall 15%, says analyst

    Analyst ABI Research has slashed its 2007 forecast for revenues in the radio frequency identification (RFID) software and services market to $3.1bn (£1.64bn), in a downward adjustment of 15%.

  • August 14, 2006 14 Aug'06

    Iridiacom launches mobile gateway

    Iridiacom has added a GSM gateway product to its portfolio to take advantage of the growing use of VoIP within UK businesses.

  • August 10, 2006 10 Aug'06

    IBM unveils RFID system for secure prescriptions

    IBM has unveiled a radio frequency identification (RFID) system for the tracking and tracing of pharmaceuticals.

  • August 08, 2006 08 Aug'06

    BT uses Cisco hardware for IP replacement -- and more tech news briefs

    Short takes from this week's technology news

  • August 07, 2006 07 Aug'06

    Digital passports can be cloned

    An expert has demonstrated how personal data can be easily extracted from passports embedded with radio frequency identification (RFID) chips.

  • August 03, 2006 03 Aug'06

    Wireless cards make notebooks easy targets

    Experts say flawed wireless cards are an industry-wide notebook security problem, thanks to weak device drivers and vendors who ship products without proper testing.

  • August 03, 2006 03 Aug'06

    Security conference targets the Mac in Wi-Fi demo

    The Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas this week saw an Apple laptop used to demonstrate the latest Wi-Fi hacks.

  • August 03, 2006 03 Aug'06

    Intel patches Centrino laptop system

    Intel has been forced to issue security patches to protect its widely used Centrino Wi-Fi laptop system from attack.

  • August 02, 2006 02 Aug'06

    RFID security issues are cause for corporate concern

    Although small in nature, RFID tags could be used to attack databases and corrupt critical information. It's a growing concern as corporate RFID use skyrockets, yet experts say there are reasonable ways to mitigate the risks and gain the business ...

  • August 01, 2006 01 Aug'06

    IBM moves to improve RFID take-up with free tools

    IBM has launched a free set of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) software tools and training resources.

  • August 01, 2006 01 Aug'06

    Keeping track of software licences

    If a company does not keep tabs on the software it is using it can get expensive - both in terms of wasting money and running foul of compliance law

  • August 01, 2006 01 Aug'06

    Wi-Fi attack to be shown at conference

    Delegates at this week's Black Hat 2006 IT security conference in Las Vegas will see a demonstration of a hacking attack targeting the 802.11 cards installed in Wi-Fi laptops.

  • July 27, 2006 27 Jul'06

    Unilever announces trial of new RFID standard

    Unilever is to be the first company to use a new RFID (radio frequency identification) standard developed by IBM and T3Ci.

  • July 27, 2006 27 Jul'06

    Ofcom backs 10km Wi-Fi reach

    Telecoms regulator Ofcom is planning to allow Wi-Fi systems in the UK which have a 10km range, instead of the short distances currently on offer to users.

  • July 26, 2006 26 Jul'06

    Blue Cross bears burden of 'no wireless' policy

    Blue Cross of Idaho had a "no wireless" policy on paper but never really enforced it. That is, until a team of auditors said the company had better do something.

  • July 24, 2006 24 Jul'06

    Cisco move may hit open access plan, says Gartner

    Cisco's acquisition of 802.1x supplier Meetinghouse is likely to weaken the Trusted Computing Group's Trusted Network Connect initiative to provide an open architecture for network access control, analyst firm Gartner has warned.

  • July 24, 2006 24 Jul'06

    Symbian OS upgrade adds support for Wi-Fi

    Symbian has released the latest version of its smartphone operating system with support for new wireless technologies.

  • July 17, 2006 17 Jul'06

    Wireless widens its corporate appeal

    Some 64% of European and US companies intend to deploy wireless local-area network (WLan) technology in the next year, according to a survey from Gartner.

  • July 14, 2006 14 Jul'06

    Symbian OS update supports new wireless technologies

    Symbian has released the latest version of its smart phone operating system to add support for new wireless technologies.

  • July 10, 2006 10 Jul'06

    IT firms admit struggle to secure wireless Lans

    Almost 66% of technology businesses plan to expand their wireless local-area network (WLAN) deployments during the next 12 months, but most admit they do not have adequate security, according to analyst firms Gartner.

  • July 04, 2006 04 Jul'06

    China adopts RFID mail processing system

    China Post is using RFID (radio frequency identification) systems from Symbol to track express mail bags in the Shanghai commercial area.

  • June 07, 2006 07 Jun'06

    Microsoft to offer greater BizTalk RFID support

    Microsoft is to offer greater support for radio frequency identification (RFID) systems with its forthcoming BizTalk Server 2006 R2.

  • June 06, 2006 06 Jun'06

    SMEs struggling on way to mobility

    Establishing a mobile strategy is tough for SMEs taking on the intricacies of 3G and Wi-Fi, with replacement technology such as HSDPA also vying for attention

  • June 01, 2006 01 Jun'06

    Moving closer to pervasive wireless

    As mobile and wireless technology adoption continues apace, the technology itself will develop steadily over the next five years, rather than leaping ahead, analysts have predicted.

  • May 30, 2006 30 May'06

    Triangulation homes in on rogue WLan access points

    Foundry Networks has devised a way to restrict end-users from accessing certain parts of a wireless local area network.

  • May 24, 2006 24 May'06

    AT&T to offer RFID managed deployment service

    AT&T is teaming up with major technology suppliers to offer a managed radio frequency identification (RFID) deployment service to firms.

  • May 24, 2006 24 May'06

    Ofcom to award cheap wireless broadband licences

    Telecoms regulator Ofcom plans to open up new spectrum bands to allow service providers to offer ultra high-speed wireless broadband services to companies.

  • May 23, 2006 23 May'06

    Beware rogue hotspots, users told

    Public wireless hotspots are a major risk to corporate IT security, according to research due out this week from RSA Security.

  • May 17, 2006 17 May'06

    BT names Wi-Fi cities

    BT named the first six of 12 cities where it will roll out metropolitan-wide wireless networks.

  • May 16, 2006 16 May'06

    Oracle boosts RFID server

    Oracle has upgraded its Oracle Sensor Edge Server radio frequency identification management product in a bid to improve integration and speed up implementation.

  • May 12, 2006 12 May'06

    BT targets 2007 for enterprise fixed mobile convergence product

    BT is to offer a fixed mobile convergence (FMC) solution to large enterprises, allowing the deployment of telephony networks with support for both Wi-Fi and GSM mobile phones.

  • May 09, 2006 09 May'06

    RFID privacy guidelines established

    A group of IT suppliers and users has issued a set of best practice guidelines on how firms should use consumer information they gather via radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.

  • May 05, 2006 05 May'06

    Oracle strengthens Sensor Edge RFID platform

    Oracle has improved its RFID integration and management system.

  • May 05, 2006 05 May'06

    Users warned over Wi-Fi standard hold-up

    Ratification of the higher-speed IEEE 802.11n Wi-Fi standard has been delayed after disagreements between hardware suppliers.

  • May 05, 2006 05 May'06

    Ofcom announces winners of GSM spectrum auction

    Ofcom has raised almost £4m from an auction of GSM spectrum licences to service providers.

  • May 02, 2006 02 May'06

    VoIP ‘not secure enough’, warn bank chiefs

    Voice over IP technology is too insecure to replace traditional business telephone networks, the chief security officers of two City banks warned last week.

  • April 27, 2006 27 Apr'06

    GNER accelerates Wi-Fi roll-out for passengers

    Train operator GNER is to offer Wi-Fi access on all its trains by this August after experiencing strong demand for the service.

  • April 26, 2006 26 Apr'06

    Voice over Wi-Fi for business on the way

    Cisco Systems has announced it is working with chipmaker Intel, mobile phone giant Nokia and Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry mobile device, to provide voice over Wi-Fi systems for enterprises.

  • April 25, 2006 25 Apr'06

    RFID faces DoS attacks

    Researchers say they’ve found a way to breach the defences of RFID tags and cause a denial of service attack using cheap, shop-bought radio transmitters.

  • April 21, 2006 21 Apr'06

    New Wal-Mart IT chief reaffirms RFID commitment

    Retail giant Wal-Mart’s full-blooded commitment to RFID technology throughout the supply chain will continue unabated under its new IT chief.

  • April 20, 2006 20 Apr'06

    RFID course aims to plug skills gap

    A professional qualification for working with radio frequency identification technology has been developed by global IT trade association CompTIA.

  • April 19, 2006 19 Apr'06

    No business case for item-level RFID tags unless done by suppliers, Tesco trial finds

    Tesco has dropped plans to introduce item-level radio frequency identification tagging following a pilot scheme. It will focus instead on pallet-level tagging.

  • April 18, 2006 18 Apr'06

    Latest RFID technology at risk from denial-of-service attacks

    New ultra high frequency RFID tags are vulnerable to denial-of-service attacks, academics in Australia have warned.

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