CORRECTION - New standard could give Wi-Fi a voice

LONDON (01/15/2004) - Due to a reporting error, a source was misidentified in the Techworld.com story "New standard could give Wi-Fi a voice," posted Jan. 13, 2004.

The story has been fixed on the IDG News Service wire and the fourth, sixth and seventh paragraphs now read as follows:

"With the new security of 802.11i, there is a feeling that roaming has been slowed down and needs to receive a kick in the pants," said Bob O'Hara, director of systems engineering at Airespace, a wireless switch vendor which majors on voice over Wi-Fi, and a member of the study group.

"Airespace is involved, because we agree that without a standard in this area there will be a pile of proprietary ways to do this," said O'Hara. "This affects VoIP handsets most severely today, but all 802.11 devices are affected to one degree or another." It also affects applications differently, he said, depending how tolerant they are to interruptions to the data flow.

Cisco Systems Inc. has planned its own proprietary answer, in the form of extensions to its wireless products, and others have implemented different handover mechanisms. O'Hara hopes that the proposed standard irons out these differences. Other companies who have expressed interest in IEEE discussion groups include Symbol Technologies Inc. and Intel Corp.

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