Stories by Bob Brewin

Symbol to buy RFID pioneer Matrics for $230M

Symbol Technologies a leading manufacturer of bar code systems used in the retail, health care and transportation industries, is readying itself for the next wave of identification technologies with its planned US$230 million acquisition of Matrics, a maker of radio frequency identification tags and readers.

Airlines win Wi-Fi management battle with airports

Airlines won a key battle in their fight with airports over control of the Wi-Fi spectrum Thursday when the U.S. Federal Communications Commission ruled that it -- and not local authorities -- has "exclusive jurisdiction" over the use of unlicensed spectrum.

Data takes flight

Today's commercial airliners come packed with computers smart enough to land the planes, but when it comes to air-ground communications, much of the airline industry uses voice radio systems that haven't changed much since the era of propeller-driven DC3s.

Free Wi-Fi: From burger chains to public parks

The Krystal Co., which operates 425 restaurants in the Southeast, has announced plans to add free Wi-Fi service to the menu in 52 of its outlets by the end of this month. After that, it will evaluate the service's success and decide whether to expand it further.

Mobile & Wireless World: Less can be more

When enterprises develop mobile and wireless applications for internal or customer use, keeping the applications simple and small is usually the best route to take, according to speakers at Computerworld's Mobile & Wireless World conference this week.

Managers ready defenses against flaw in wireless LANs

Information technology managers last week said a denial-of-service vulnerability that affects some Wi-Fi wireless LANs could force companies to develop new skills and rethink the way their networks are set up. But, they added, it should be relatively easy to defend WLANs against attacks seeking to exploit the flaw.

Wi-Fi flaw discovered in 802.11b network protocol

Two security organizations have issued alerts warning of a flaw in wireless LAN equipment based on the 802.11b Wi-Fi standard that leaves the devices vulnerable to a denial-of-service (DoS) jamming attack.

Cisco adds support for WLANs to its switches

Cisco Systems Inc. last week announced plans to add wireless LAN management capabilities to its Catalyst 6500 switch line, a move that will give IT managers the ability to control their wired and wireless networks from a single device.

Cisco switches on WLANs

Cisco Systems Inc. Wedneday added wireless LAN management capabilities to its wired switch line, a move the company said will allow companies to control their integrated wired and wireless networks from a single device -- something that should reduce the total cost of network ownership.

Bush unveils national health care IT plan

U.S. President George W. Bush Monday unveiled a national health care IT plan focused on the development of personal electronic medical records for every American within 10 years and the appointment of a sub-Cabinet-level health care IT czar to oversee the process.

Intel unveils new Centrino, still lags in WiFi race

Intel has introduced the third version of its Centrino WiFi chip set, but it still runs at least a generation behind competitors whose products offer more features, including longer range and faster throughput. Intel's new PRO/Wireless 2200BG Wi-FI chip, packed in an embedded mini-PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) adapter, incorporates both the 802.11b and 802.11g WiFi standards, which support raw data rates of 11Mbit/sec and 54Mbit/sec, respectively, in the unlicensed 2.4GHz band.

EPCglobal sets up RFID product code management system

FRAMINGHAM (01/16/2004) - The RFID food chain has started to turn its attention from tags and readers to data management, as industry groups, vendors and users focus on systems and processes designed to derive value from billions of tags used to identify items in the supply chain ranging from tomato soup to toothpaste.

Industry and gov't call for US-wide cattle ID system

Last month's discovery of a single cow with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a Washington state dairy herd illustrates the need for a national livestock identification system to trace infected cattle in the US, government and beef industry officials say, but plans to deploy such a system are still hobbled by a lack of funding.

US industry and government call for nationwide cattle ID system

Last week's discovery of a single cow with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a Washington state dairy herd illustrates the need for a national livestock identification system to trace infected cattle in the US, government and beef industry officials say, but plans to deploy such a system are still hobbled by a lack of funding.

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