News Briefs – Thursday, April 20, 2006
Motorola acquires UK fixed-wireless provider
Motorola has signed a definitive agreement to acquire UK-based Orthogon Systems, a provider of fixed-wireless solutions. The move expands the company’s MOTOwi4 portfolio of IP, wireless broadband solutions, Motorola said. The acquisition is subject to regulatory and other customary conditions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
University scientists develop wireless device to register radiation doses
Purdue University scientists are building a wireless device that could be implanted in tumors to register the dose of radiation received. According to Purdue, the device is a passive wireless transponder activated with electrical coils placed next to the body. The units are the size of a grain of rice and will enable physicians to determine the position of tumors during treatment. Researchers have tested a dime-size prototype and expect to have the miniature version completed by summer 2006.
Hospital uses wireless for improved point-of-service
Canada-based Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre chose Bell Canada and Symbol Technologies for a wireless communications solution that includes mobile computers, a wireless network infrastructure and management software. The hospital picked Symbol’s WS5100 wireless switches and AP300 access ports for mobile point-of-care with real-time access to clinical applications. The hospital also deployed the company’s MC50 and MC70 enterprise-data assistants and computers-on-wheels that lets clinicians access and update patient records, according to a joint company statement.
Siemens adds to HiPath portfolio
Siemens Communications announced the HiPath Wireless Manager Advanced, a modular extension for the company’s HiPath Wireless family of WLAN solutions. The solution offers user-location and intrusion-detection applications, and provides a management interface for real-time overviews of the network including charts, reports and statistics on wireless usage, Siemens said.