Symbol and BCT Global launch SA mall hot spot

JOHANNESBURG (03/04/2004) - Symbol Technologies Inc. and Broadband Communication Technologies Pty Ltd. (BCT), a broadband wireless connectivity specialist, Thursday announced the establishment of what they believe to be the largest hot-spot to offer wireless Internet access for visitors at the Sandton City Mall.

The wireless LAN infrastructure is based on Symbol's Spectrum24 Wireless Technology, and is designed to operate at speeds up to 11M bps. Visitors to the food court in Sandton City are said to be able to access the Internet and e-mail using Wi-Fi-enabled personal laptop computers or PDAs.

In the second phase, the wireless hot-spot will enable shoppers to 'shop on the move' while in-store promotions are transmitted to handheld devices, the companies say. Shoppers will be able to download interactive store maps to access location-based services as well, they add.

"We are delighted to be able to provide the first wireless hot-spot in Sandton City Mall. This pilot demonstrates that wireless connectivity has started to become a regular part of the lives of Johannesburg's shoppers and business people. We believe that this is just the starting point for a mobile South Africa," says Mike Richardson, support engineer, wireless LANs, Symbol Technologies Africa.

Rajen Naidoo, technology director, BCT Global says, "Mall staff can also benefit from new applications, which could run on the LAN to improve staff productivity and tenant security."

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