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Alereon Inc.'s Ultra Wideband Technology

Austin startup Alereon Inc. is working with the emerging 802.15 "Ultra Wideband" technology, which is short-range fat-pipe wireless. Where WiFi gives you 11 megabits per second over 300 feet or less, Ultra Wideband gives you forty times the bandwidth, but only reaches 35-40 feet. The technology could be deployed where range is not an issue, in computers, peripherals, games, television sets and other devices that are incorporated into home networks. [Link]

Despite the enormous potential of ultra wideband, analysts say sizable risks remain for companies such as Alereon. Companies are probably still a year away from the completion of a common set of specifications for ultra wideband. And even when that work is completed, any number of factors could slow early sales of the technology.

Bluetooth, a slower, more limited wireless connection technology, was touted as the next big thing four years ago but has yet to catch on. Broockman says, however, that ultra wideband has a much greater potential appeal than Bluetooth because it can deliver hundreds of times the information -- enough to transmit several live streams of video information from one place in the home to another.

Discuss Alereon Inc.'s Ultra Wideband Technology


Wireless Security Forum for Texas Government

The Texas Department of Information Resources and TASSCC are co-hosting the annual Wireless Security Forum for Texas Government.

Program Overview

While the use of wireless LANs and devices may offer convenience and flexibility, it also raises additional security concerns. Please join DIR and TASSCC at this one day conference for Texas government as we explore the security issues associated with implementing wireless solutions. Last year's event proved very popular with over 200 people participating. The conference will also feature exhibits by vendors offering products and services related to these topics.

The agenda is under development, and we are seeking topic proposals for four presentations on this topic that will last 1 to 1-1/2 hours each, that are generically educational, and are of interest to a government audience. Additional information is available at http://www.dir.state.tx.us/education/wireless

Vendors of related products or services and being in good standing with the State of Texas are invited to exhibit at this event. Information about exhibiting is available at http://www.dir.state.tx.us/education/wireless/exhibitor.doc All exhibitor reservations must be submitted and approved in advance of the event.


Wireless Valley Provides Software To Alan Dick & Company For Indoor Wireless Build-Outs

AUSTIN, TX, August 18, 2003 - Wireless Valley Communications, Inc. announced today that Alan Dick & Company has adopted software provided by Wireless Valley for in-building and campus wireless deployments worldwide. Alan Dick & Company provides solutions on a global basis to satisfy the wireless network infrastructure needs of cellular, telecommunications and broadcast markets throughout the world. Coupling Wireless Valley's products, including its SitePlanner® software module, with Alan Dick & Company's considerable wireless design expertise will allow Alan Dick & Company to expand their total service offering by providing indoor network coverage for buildings such as universities, airports, and multi-tenant offices.

Group applications engineer of Alan Dick & Company Radio Networks, Brian Lancaster, said: "Alan Dick and Company now provides a design service that delivers greater accuracy, resulting in improved system performance. An initial performance prediction using Wireless Valley's SitePlanner® software is made before a site visit so intrusion is kept to a minimum when surveying corporate client buildings. The rapid and accurate predictive capability and equipment modeling facilities in SitePlanner® enables us to enter the installation phase much more quickly than we could otherwise."

Wireless Valley products support wireless network design, installation, testing, and asset management in and around buildings. Alan Dick and Company's large-scale in-building wireless projects require successful planning and installation of cellular base stations, cabling, antennas, and many other types of radio equipment along with thorough validation testing to ensure high performance. Wireless Valley's software solutions are ideally suited to this task. By designing new projects with SitePlanner® before a site is visited and then following up with site surveys, Alan Dick & Company helps ensure the delivery of high efficiency wireless networks in a minimal amount of time.

From project study and design to fabrication, installation, commissioning, optimization and operation, Alan Dick and Company offer complete wireless infrastructure solutions. With over 30 years experience in wireless infrastructure, Alan Dick & Company provide innovative products & services to support the highest standards of performance and reliability demanded by International telecommunications network operators, service providers and OEMs. Since the outset, Alan Dick & Company has been manufacturing products that have brought quality-engineered designs to the communications market. Today, Alan Dick & Company's product range includes a wide selection of self-supporting towers, guyed masts, monopoles, cellular antennas, mobile cell sites, wireless infrastructure and component solutions supported by a range of high quality services.

Wireless Valley is a pioneer of site-specific in-building network software solutions for all aspects of campus and in-building networks, including wireless LANs, and has an extensive patent portfolio with over 30 patents issued or pending. More than 250 companies and institutions throughout the world are using Wireless Valley products every day to sell, design, bid, cost, measure, manage, and maintain campus and in-building networks, all within a seamless, easy to use software environment. Major enterprises, universities, multi-tenant office buildings, and small businesses now enjoy excellent wireless network coverage for PCS, Cellular, and IEEE 802.11a/b/g, with installations performed using the SitePlanner® and LANPlanner® family of products. See a list of industry leaders who use Wireless Valley products at www.indoornetworks.com. To learn more about Wireless Valley and its time-saving products, visit www.wirelessvalley.com or call (512) 821-1560.


BroadCloud Files Chapter 7

Austin's BroadCloud Communications, Inc., a company that made software for wireless services, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. [Link]


Wireless News from Texas Instruments

Two recent wireless-related news items from Texas Instruments:

"D-Link Systems, Inc. and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) ... announced that D-Link will launch a new family of 802.11g products based on the TI TNETW1130 chipset that delivers up to an 8x improvement over 802.11b average throughputs. The D-Link AirPlus XtremeG product line features TI's 802.11g technology, which enables high-performance, affordable Wi-Fi devices that IEEE 802.11g compliant and offer complete interoperability and mixed-mode performance with 802.11b products." Link to complete story.

"Texas Instruments Incorporated ... announced that it has acquired Radia Communications, Inc. Based in Sunnyvale, California, Radia is a fabless semiconductor company specializing in the development of radio frequency (RF) semiconductor, subsystem, signal processing and networking technologies for 802.11 wireless local area networking (WLAN) multi-band/multi-mode radios. TI’s customers now have a single source for their WLAN media access controller (MAC), baseband and RF, reducing their time to market for 802.11a/b/g products and for broadband, wireless and consumer devices that include 802.11." Link to complete story.


Jostling for the Wi-Fi Lead in a Crowded Field

Austin's Wayport has become a leading player in the now-crowded field of WiFI telecommunications providers, according to this New York Times article. [Link]

Not surprisingly, given the potential for this market, many well-financed rivals are threatening Wayport's turf, but Wayport has not shied away from the battle. It has aggressively resold its service to cellular carriers and corporate access providers to encourage regular subscribers. "We believe our business model depends on us opening up our footprint," the company's chief executive, Dave Vucina, said.

More on Wayport

Glenn Fleishman, author of the New York Times article on Wayport, published additional information from his research in his weblog at Wi-Fi Networking News. Fleishman says "A week earlier, and the article would have asked more questions about Wayport's long-term future, but after last Wednesday, it's clear they have a great potential to continue to have an edge when recruiting new venues and reselling their service to new partners." Fleishman, an expert observer of the wireless industry, also notes his discovery that the numbers of hot spots are growing faster than he had imagined, and "Free or for-fee isn't as critical an issue as whether the infrastructure companies like Wayport can derive enough revenue for profit and growth by building out service." [Link]