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Anonymous Patron writes "United Press International"
By GENE J. KOPROWSKI
CHICAGO, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A library patron ambles out the door, book in hand, without stopping by the librarian. Is this theft? No, it's the new checkout procedure, made possible by Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, experts tell United Press International's Wireless World.
"Currently, approximately 120 million media and books in about 500 libraries worldwide are already attached with RFID labels," Birgit Lindl, a spokeswoman for Bibliotheca RFID Library Systems AG, based in Munich, Germany, told Wireless World. "This is a remarkable number which is continually increasing."
A county in Oregon that doesn't even have a street light is the site of the largest WiFi hotspot in the world.
While cities around the country are battling over plans to offer free or cheap Internet access, this lonely terrain is served by what is billed as the world's largest hotspot, a wireless cloud that stretches over 700 square miles of landscape so dry and desolate it could have been lifted from a cowboy tune.
The rest from CNN.
Pete writes "Just substitue "RIAA" for "telecoms" in this BBC story and you can guess what the future holds. Where do libraries fit in this scheme?"A growing number of cities in the US are treating high-speed internet as a basic amenity for citizens, like running water or the electricity grid. But as the concept expands so does the battle with big business.San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said: "This is inevitable - wi-fi. It is long overdue. It is to me a fundamental right to have access universally to information."But the big telecoms firms - who have invested billions in cable or fibre optic links to millions of US homes - are waging a legislative and PR campaign against municipal initiatives.Currently there is a bill going through Congress, sponsored by the Texan Republican Pete Sessions, that aims to ban cities from building municipal broadband networks under most circumstances.But there is also an opposing bill in favour of the city networks, a bill backed by Republican John McCain and Democrat Frank Lautenberg.""
Full text of newsletter posted by me to Wireless Libraries. It contains some advertising so I did not post it here in its entirelty. This is the "table of contents."
WIRELESS REPORT http://www.infoworld.com/
Thursday, October 20, 2005
* Google's Wi-Fi plan for San Francisco envisions ambitious testing ground
* T-Mobile launches zippy 'Internet 4G' service
* Users awash in emerging wireless options
* Samsung shows 7-megapixel cameraphone for China
* TI works with Chinese firm on low-cost 2.5G handsets
* Making a routine of citizen journalism
* Senator calls for quicker digital TV transition
* Product Guide: Maxxan MXV250 Intelligent Application Switch
An Associated Press Writer says the world's largest hotspot, a wireless cloud that stretches over 700 square miles of landscape so dry and desolate it could have been lifted from a cowboy tune is out in Hermiston, Oregon.
Since Qwest Communications International Inc. see little profit potential. So wireless entrepreneur Fred Ziari drew no resistance for his proposed wireless network, enabling him to quickly build the $5 million cloud at his own expense.
search-engines-web.com writes "Intel's 2nd Annual "Most Unwired College Campuses" survey ranks the top 50 U.S. college and university campuses according to greatest wireless Internet accessibility.Survey findings are based on the percentage of each college campus that is covered by wireless technology, the number of undergraduate students and the computer to student ratio for each school. The study examined schools with student bodies of more than 1,000. Data was gathered through university interviews, review of public documents and additional industry sources; the "America's Most Connected Campuses" ranking conducted by Princeton Review"
This is breaking news!! Philadelphia has selected EarthLink for its muni WiFi project.
Wi-Fi Networking News: EarthLink Scores First Municipal Win: "EarthLink Scores First Municipal Win
By Glenn Fleishman
Philadelphia picks EarthLink to build its wireless network: The 11-year-old firm will use Tropos equipment to build a citywide mesh of Wi-Fi. The word on the street from several sources is that EarthLink will make aggressive bids for many of the major RFPs out there; theyâ€™re one of the bidders for San Franciscoâ€™s network. At Esme Vosâ€™s Muniwireless conference last week, EarthLink announced the formation of a municipal networking division."
Excellent story explaing 802.11n and Ultra-Wide Band (UWB)
Full article at: NE Asia Online 2005 Oct : 802.11n or UWB?: "802.11n or UWB? Two major candidates are competing to become the wireless interface destined to feature in home digital equipment: IEEE802.11n, and Ultra-WideBand (UWB).
The day is coming fast when home digital equipment will have wireless interfaces, implementing wireless transmission of high-definition television (HDTV) imagery and high-speed swapping of still pictures and audio content with portable gear.
There are two major candidates for the wireless interface: 802.11n, a next-generation wireless local area network (LAN) built on spatial multiplexing using multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) technology, and Ultra-WideBand (UWB) wireless technology using ultra-wideband technologies such as Wireless Universal Serial Bus (USB). 11n offers a long range of up to 200m, and is viewed as the most likely contender for the home network backbone. UWB, on the other hand, is likely to make best use of its low-power, high-speed operation in short-range equipment interconnect, such as personal computers (PC) and portable equipment.
At present both 11n and UWB are being supported as industry standards by multiple groups in competition with each other, with no clear victor in sight. In 11n, the TGn Sync industry body primarily composed of home appliance manufacturers is in collision with the World-Wide Spectrum Efficiency (WWiSE) group, comprised of mostly wireless LAN chip manufacturers, wireless LAN vendors and similar firms. In UWB the situation is similar, with the DS-UWB scheme based on direct-sequence spread-spectrum technology competing with Wireless USB using multiband orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) for the position of 'standard technology'. Equipment manufacturers have assumed the technologies would continue to coexist, watching and waiting to see if one falls by the wayside."