News Briefs – Monday, May 8, 2006
West Coast officers test DC-DC battery chargers
GEM Power recently field-tested its prototype chargers in Redlands, Calif., Police Department officers’ squad cars and portable radios. The DC-DC, Intelligent Battery Charger has a microchip that checks the battery condition every few seconds. The battery then intuitively pulls a charge as needed from a direct current power source, according to the company.
Hotel chain invests in wireless
San Diego-based Barney Hospitality Group purchased Helium Networks’ Wireless Recon system for wireless connectivity throughout its hotel properties. The system conducts site surveys or audits 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi networks, allowing users to pinpoint a weak or strong signal throughout the coverage area.
LMR cable prices increase as copper prices soar
Times Microwave Systems announced a temporary price increase to offset costs associated with elevated raw material prices, specifically copper used to manufacture its LMR cables. The price increases are effective now through June 30, 2006, when price considerations will be reevaluated, the company said.
RIM wins another enterprise customer
Aruba Networks plans to extend its on-campus voice and data services offered to enterprises using Research In Motion’s BlackBerry WLAN solution. The solution combines Aruba mobility controllers, access points and the 802.11-enabled BlackBerry 7270. Users now will have access to wireless connectivity to enterprise applications and VoIP via the corporate WLAN, according to Aruba.