News Briefs – Tuesday, May 2, 2006
Hong Kong airport deploys wireless system
Cisco Systems announced that its Unified Wireless Network Solution has been deployed by the Airport Authority of Hong Kong. The solution offers 802.11i, 802.1x and Wi-Fi protected access, advanced encryption standards and mobile virtual private networks. It also includes a WLAN intrusion prevention system and network admission control to secure data transmitted from wired and wireless endpoint devices to the network, according to Cisco.
Optimus lands defense contract
Optimus landed a Department of Defense contract to develop a concept and prototype for the Federal Logistics Information System Agile Mobile Media program. The company specializes in enterprise information management via Web services and will use this background to build mobile-media products that let military personnel access real-time data via wireless technology, the company said. The Defense Logistics Information Systems, a division of the Defense Logistics Agency, will oversea the project.
U.S. Army implements SWLAN radio system
General Dynamics C4 Systems’ secure wireless local area network (SWLAN) AN/VRC-106 radios have been installed in the U.S. Army’s Stryker Brigade Combat Team Three vehicles. The radios provide encrypted Ethernet communications for simultaneous operations in the 2.4 and 4.4 GHz bands.
Northrop Grumman field tested the radios prior to implementation and provided all SWLAN training, installation and field support for the deployment, according to a joint company statement.
Company offers RFID mobile computer, reader
Metrologic Instruments introduced the SP5800 Series Maximus and MR600 Series Impulse to its line RFID readers targeted to the supply-chain management market. The MAXIMUS is a rugged, mobile computer supporting UHF (915 MHz) and HF (13.56 MHz) RFID applications, such as item-level tagging or smart-card reading. The IMPULSE is a multi-protocol, fixed-RFID solution for applications using only one set of antennas. It supports EPC- and ISO-compliant UHF RFID tags, according to Metrologic.