CPL unveils WiFi access

Katie writes "The Chicago Public Library unveiled WiFi access at 76 of their 79 libraries today. Further information is available from their news release and if you have a registration, from the Chicago Tribune article on it."

Another Library Goes Wi-Fi

Bob writes "All 17 branches of the Louisville Free Public Library System have now gone Wi-Fi. We get questioned every day "Why aren't you Wi-Fi?

Here's The Story"

British Library gets wireless net

News From The Beeb on the British Library. Visitors to the British Library will be able to get wireless internet access alongside the extensive information available in its famous reading rooms.
Broadband wireless connectivity will be made available in the eleven reading rooms, the auditorium, café, restaurant, and outdoor Piazza area.

British Library gets wireess net. A study revealed that 86% of visitors to the Library carried lapt

Arnie writes "British Library gets wireless net
(from the BBC News)

Visitors to the British Library will be able to get wireless internet access alongside the extensive information available in its famous reading rooms.

Broadband wireless connectivity will be made available in the eleven reading rooms, the auditorium, café, restaurant, and outdoor Piazza area.

A study revealed that 86% of visitors to the Library carried laptops.

The technology has been on trial since May and usage levels make the Library London's most active public hotspot.

Business centre

Previously many were leaving the building to go to a nearby internet café to access their e-mail, the study found.

"At the British Library we are continually exploring ways in which technology can help us to improve services to our users," said Lynne Brindley, chief executive of the British Library.

"Surveys we conducted recently confirmed that, alongside the materials they consult here, our users want to be able to access the internet when they are at the Library for research or to communicate with colleagues," she said.

The service will be priced at £4.50 for an hour's session or £35 for a monthly pass.

The study, conducted by consultancy Building Zones, found that 16% of visitors came to the Library to sit down and use it as a business centre.

This could be because of its proximity to busy mainline stations such as Kings Cross and Euston.

The study also found that people were spending an average of six hours in the building, making it an ideal wireless hotspot.

Since May the service has registered 1,200 sessions per week, making it London's most active public hotspot.

The majority of visitors wanted to be able to access their e-mail as well as the British Library catalogue.

The service has been rolled out in partnership with wireless provider The Cloud and Hewlett Packard.

Extensive catalogue

It will operate independently from the Library's existing network.

The British Library receives around 3,000 visitors each day and serves around 500,000 readers each year.

People come to view resources which include the world's largest collection of patents and the UK's most extensive collection of science, technology and medical information.

The Library receives between three and four million requests from remote users around the world each year.

Story from BBC NEWS:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/technology/4 020241.stm

Published: 2004/11/18 08:12:26 GMT




SFLAN Web Archive Experimental Free Wireless in San Fransico

http://search-engines-web.com/ writes "http://www.archive.org/web/sflan.php

SFLan -- Community WirelessWhat if you could surf the net wherever you go with no strings or wires attached?SFLan is an experimental wireless community network in San Francisco. We aim to build a wireless network with LAN characteristics on a metropolitan scale.SFLan is:open: Everyone can join.symmetrical: Upload speeds are the same as download speeds.server-friendly: You get real, routable IP numbers.distributed: You own your equipment.fast: 100 Kbps to 5 Mbps: Enough to stream video. Getting faster every year.wireless: The backbone is rooftop-to-rooftop, connected to datacenters.free: No monthly charges.How to join SFLan:With a laptop: Be in the vicinity of a SFLan node. Associate with it: The SSID is sflanNN, where NN is the number of node, e.g. sflan13. No WEP. You'll get an IP number assigned via DHCP.With a house: Contact us. (Please include your address and a phone number.) Find out if you have line of sight to another SFLan node, buy a node, and we'll put it on your roof.Legal notice:SFLan is a free wireless Internet service provider that offers the transmission, routing, or providing of connections for digital online communications, between or among points specified by a user, of material of the user's choosing, without modification to the content of the material as sent or received.In appropriate circumstances, it is SFLan's policy to terminate users of our system who are repeat infringers of intellectual property rights.SFLan is currently in beta. Active node count: 30.

There is also a forum where users help eachother and make suggestions"

Philly First Wi-FI City?

Philadelphi may be the first major city to be equipped with Wi-Fi access throughout its 135 sq. mi. according this this AP story. If the proposal presented to the Mayor on December 10 is successful, the plan is for the city to be wireless by Summer 2006.

Here's another story from Wi-Fi Planet about other cities that have expressed interest in Wi-Fi and about Airmesh, the company that specializes in large scale wireless access.

The "WiMax" Revolution Begins...

http://search-engines-web.com/ writes

The Internet is about to take its next big leap. Imagine being instantly connected anytime you opened the lid of your laptop, anywhere.
WiMAX, the high-powered technology that promises to bring true mobility to the Web, is just around the corner.


Intel is beating the wireless broadband drum. At September's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, president and COO Paul Otellini delivered a bright technology forecast, underscoring the impact of upcoming WiMAX technology. Earlier this year, Intel launched the WiMAX initiative, which is positioned as a wireless competitor to cable and DSL. WiMAX is governed by the IEEE 802.16 standard.


Bill Drew's Comments: "Just like the paperless office? What about stone and brick walls? Pricing?"

Yet another cell jamming story

Durst writes "I know there was an earlier posting on cell phone jamming. This article from E-Week at http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1678426,00.as p talks about vendors and which countries have adopted the use of jammers in which venues."

WPA 2, Wireless Mulitmedia (WMM), 802.11e, 802.11i - LATEST UPDATES

http://search-engines-web.com/ writes "Interesting WIFI SECURITY and QUALITY OF SERVICE Updates & Developmentshttp://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/09/02/wi-fi_prot ected_2/

The Wi-Fi Alliance formally began issuing WPA 2 certificates yesterday, as eight products received the right to use the organisation's second-generation wireless security brand.WPA 2 is derived from 802.11i, the wireless security standard finally ratified by the IEEE in July. WPA 2 essentially mandates the use of the AES encryption standard, thus far only offered by some vendors as an option alongside WPA's Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP).WPA essentially provided components of 802.11i that didn't require hardware acceleration.The WFA will next introduce its Wireless Mulitmedia (WMM) marque, which is expected to begin issuing certification for later this month. A subset of the 802.11e quality of service standard, WMM essentially provides wireless traffic a range of priorities, depending on the kind of data they contain. Time-dependent information, like video or audio, for example, will get priority over, say, email traffic.
The Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) will formally unveil its Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) certification next week, and with it the first ten products that can carry the WMM brand.Just as the organisation's Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security specification pre-dated the ratification of the IEEE 802.11i standard from which it was derived, so too is WMM as sub-set of the upcoming quality of service standard 802.11e.The WFA unveiled WPA 2 earlier this week.According to WFA CEO Frank Hanzlik, 802.11e takes two approaches to improving the performance of time-dependent data, such as video: prioritising such traffic and segmenting the bandwidth. The two approaches are dubbed Wireless Media Extensions (WME) and Wireless Scheduled Media (WSM), respectively.Hanzlik told The Register that WMM will initially use WME. WSM support is likely to come sometime in the first half of 2005 when 802.11e is finally ratified, he said."It's our intention to remain very aligned with the IEEE," he added.When 802.11e is ratified, WMM is not likely to be upgraded to WMM 2, as the WFA has done with WPA, Hanzlik said. At this stage, the organisation will instead brand QoS as 'WMM with Scheduled Media', for example. That will allow the WFA to extend WMM with further QoS-related technologies as they emerge, Hanzlik said.WMM will be a baseline technology to which other features can be added on, he said


Philly - 1st City to Become COMPLETELY WIRELESS?

http://search-engines-web.com/ writes "from the "Peek into the Future" Dept.http://www.forbes.com/business/services/feeds/ap/2 004/09/01/ap1527367.htmlhttp://philadelphia.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/s tories/2004/08/30/daily26.htmlhttp://www.busrep.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=&fArt icleId=2208968

Forget finding an Internet cafe. For less than what it costs to build a small library, city officials believe they can turn all 135 square miles of Philadelphia into the world's largest wireless Internet hot spot.The ambitious plan, now under discussion, would involve placing thousands of small transmitters around the city - probably atop lampposts. Each of these wireless hot spots would be capable of communicating with the Wi-Fi network cards that now come standard with many computers.Once complete, the $10 million network would deliver broadband Internet almost anywhere radio waves can travel - including poor neighborhoods where high-speed Internet access is now rare.The city would likely offer the service either for free, or at costs far lower than the $35 to $60 a month charged for broadband delivered over telephone and cable TV lines, said the city's chief information officer, Dianah Neff.



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