Libraries Face Net Access Challenges

AP: The nation's public libraries have significantly expanded wireless and high-speed Internet access but face budget and space constraints in continuing to meet demand, a new study finds.

Nearly all libraries have Internet access and offer it to the public, and branches average 11 public-access terminals, comparable to findings in a 2004 survey.

The new study, sponsored by the American Library Association and the Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation, found a doubling of wireless access, to 37 percent. High-speed access _ defined as 769 kilobits per second or faster, though that can be shared among many terminals _ grew to 63 percent in the latest survey, up from 48 percent.

But John Bertot, a Florida State University professor and lead author of the report, said many libraries reported problems keeping up with patrons'demand, especially as new Web services such as video consume even more bandwidth and computer power.

New gTLD .mobi available now

mdoneil writes "A new global top level domain .mobi - for all things mobile - well all thing mobile communication related is now active.

This Dublin (Ireland for a change not Ohio) based organization was set up by a consortium of mobile device manufacturers and other interested parties to make it easier to deliver content to mobile devices.

Check out the new domain at mtld.mobi"

Buyer Beware: 802.11n products now shipping!

I have seen several reports on 802.11n products shipping and available for purchase. Buyer Beware because the 802.11n proposed standard has not been finalized yet. Many people got burned when they purchased 802.11g equipment before that standard was finalized. I personally would wait at least a few months after the 802.11n standard has become an official IEEE standard before buying any equipment labeled as meeting the 802.11n standard.


Best WiFi Hotels 2006

This report just came out and should be of great interest to those of you that travel as much as I do. The worst WiFi Hotels will be out tomorrow. Kimpton Hotels tops the list. It has two separate WiFi networks, one for the lobby and a separate one for your hotel room. Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:41:02 AM EST A HotelChatter Exclusive It's been more than a year since our last investigation of hotels with the Best and Worst WiFi concoctions. What has changed since then is that most hotels have now jumped on the WiFi bandwagon, so most hotels have *some* sort of WiFi solution. The question is what is that solution, and is it any good? Hotels have finally realized that WiFi is a must-have, something that tops the wish list of many potential guests. But the rush to quickly set-up hotel WiFi networks, coupled with the fact that wireless fidelity is still a fairly new technology, means that consistent wireless internet access, pricing, and service, is not a given across hotel brands, small hotel groups or even from the lobby to your room.


802.11n Draft 1.0 approved

Wi-Fi Net News is reporting that Draft 1.0 of 802.11n standard was approved yesterday. 

From Wikipedia:

In January 2004 IEEE announced that it had formed a new 802.11 Task Group (TGn) to develop a new amendment to the 802.11 standard for local-area wireless networks. The real data throughput is estimated to reach a theoretical 540 Mbit/s (which may require an even higher raw data rate at the physical layer), and should be up to 40 times faster than 802.11b, and near 10 times faster than 802.11a or 802.11g. It is projected that 802.11n will also offer a better operating distance than current networks.

There were two competing proposals of the 802.11n standard: WWiSE (World-Wide Spectrum Efficiency), backed by companies including Broadcom, and TGn Sync backed by Intel and Philips.

Previous competitors TGnSync, WWiSE, and a third group, MITMOT, said in late July 2005 that they would merge their respective proposals as a draft which would be sent to the IEEE in September; a final version will be submitted in November. The standardization process is expected to be completed by the second half of 2006.

802.11n builds upon previous 802.11 standards by adding MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output). MIMO uses multiple transmitter and receiver antennas to allow for increased data throughput through spatial multiplexing and increased range by exploiting the spatial diversity, perhaps through coding schemes like Alamouti coding.

The Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC) [3] was formed to help accelerate the IEEE 802.11n development process and promote a technology specification for interoperability of next-generation wireless local area networking (WLAN) products.

On January 19, 2006, the IEEE 802.11n Working Group approved the EWC's specification as the draft approval of 802.11n.

Wi-Fi Networking News: Breaking News: 802.11n Draft 1.0 Approved

Breaking News: 802.11n Draft 1.0 Approved By Glenn Fleishman The IEEE approved draft 1.0 of 802.11n yesterday: The IEEE voted in January to accept a proposal—largely that of the Enhanced Wireless Consortium with some changes—as a pre-1.0 draft. That near-unanimous vote was the first step in finalizing 802.11n, which has been under discussion for years and which appeared to be heading to a deadlock. The EWC proposal was quietly built by four chipmakers—Atheros, Broadcom, Intel, and Marvell—and then sold back into a joint proposal group that was trying to harmonize competing efforts.


Speed checkout with RFID in me?

mdoneil writes "A sercurity company is implanting some employees with an RFID chip. The chip implanted to access the datacenter where sensitive materials are stored.

The article links to the security company website.

If one had an RFID chip implanted which has a unique serial number could that number be associated with my patron record in the library computer and when we go to RFID could I just walk past the readers with the books I want to check out. Sweet, look at all the time I would save standing in line!
RFID me up (again) fellas!"

IBM Creates Special Hi-def Video Transfer Chips

http://search-engines-web.com/ writes "IBM has created a wireless chip that allows high-definition file transfers as never before. Based on the flashy, ever-changing 802.15.3c technology, these chips will carry information up to 10 meters, according to IBM. "We're looking at this for consumer applications, like high-definition video transfer," said IBM research scientist Brian Gaucher. "You can get conference room coverage. We are not really looking at wall penetration." http://www.mobilemag.com/content/100/102/C6355/"

WiFi for Anaheim

According to WiFi Weblog, EarthLink has been awarded a contract to install a wi-fi network Anaheim. Get the full story by clicking on the link below. The WiFi Weblog


Hi-Speed Cell Phone Wireless Broadband - Profiled

search-engines-web.com writes "Cingular, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless offer third-generation cellular data networks with speeds similar to DSL, and plan to keep improving them....Cingular last week revealed an upgrade to its 3G network to one based on High Speed Downlink Packet Access, a new mobile-telephony protocol that's supposed to give customers download speeds of 400 to 700 Kbps,Sprint next year plans to upgrade its Power Vision network based on a wireless radio broadband data protocol,...to 700 Kbps Information Week Has More"

Can Wi-Fi make it in Manhattan? | Tech News on ZDNet

It looks like NYC is considering municipal wifi as part of its broadband strategy. Keep an eye on this story.

Can Wi-Fi make it in Manhattan? | Tech News on ZDNet:

If Wi-Fi can make it in New York, it can make it anywhere.

New York City lawmakers are taking a long, hard look at using 802.11-based Wi-Fi or some other technology to get the city's roughly 8 million citizens access to broadband.

New York's interest in municipal broadband comes just as the citywide Wi-Fi buzz hits a fever pitch. Other cities, such as Philadelphia, New Orleans and San Francisco, have already started down the Wi-Fi path, but if New York builds out its own Wi-Fi network, it will be the biggest deployment of municipal Wi-Fi in the country, and perhaps the world.



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