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Location, Location, Location

For the past 3 years, I have been pushing hard on location as one of the top mobility services WLANs can provide. One of our European partners, Appear Networks, has deployed a landmark location service in the Stockholm subway. For a write up and video on the service, try here:

The Translation is Cool

The land of the rising sun has long been admired by the rest of the world for its innovation and relentless focus on improvement. The world has followed Japan’s lead and embraced cultural phenomena like sushi, anime and those astoundingly funny reality game shows that seem to border on lunacy. But perhaps one of the most envied of all Japanese hallmarks is their use of mobile technologies.Mobility is woven into every aspect of Japanese life. Businessmen access their email on the airport train into Tokyo. School girls swap pictures of their latest crush in lightening speed. Taxi drivers charge fearlessly through the maze that is Tokyo with the help of GPS. Read More »

Mobility Flattens Barriers for the Hearing Impaired

Recently I have been following the news about Gallaudet University as it chooses a new President and it reminded me of our deployment there. Gallaudet is also one of the first large deployments of the centralized WLAN architecture, starting in the June/July 2003 timeframe. We are deployed in all 32 buildings, including the President’s home and the recent press reminded me of this customer who I stay in touch with on a regular basis.For those who don’t know about this university, it is the National College of Deaf Studies, funded by the U.S. Congress. It was the first college of its kind and was chartered by Abraham Lincoln in 1864; to date, it remains the premier institution of its kind in the world, home to college students from all 50 U.S. States and over 60 countries. It is the Oxbridge of hearing-impaired world. The campus is serene, beautiful — much of it a vintage snapshot of Civil War era architecture. Read More »

Why Not Cisco?

And now for a lack of modesty — while others try to imitate, we seem to be handling this wireless/wired unification thing rather well …

The Wi-Fi Comes in (on little cat feet)

In 1878, Poet Laureate of Chicago, Carl Sandburg, wrote his Haikuish poem, “The Fog”"THE fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.” FINALLY, thanks to our good friends at Concourse Communications, Chicago O’Hare Aiport finally has Wi-Fi in the terminals (maybe its called O’Hare because it took so long to get Wi-Fi to this place?!>!)People keep taking broadband outdoor wireless connections as a given. Well, its not. There is a LOT more to do, but mobility is inevitable. One of my other favorite adopted sons of Chicago, Michael Jordan, was also something of philospher. In his own words: “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen. “