News Briefs – Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Roadside architecture built to improve safety
Motorola announced MOTODRIVE for the 5.9 GHz band. The product is a wireless, roadside network architecture that supports the Department of Transportation’s Vehicle Infrastructure Integration initiative, which explores whether broadband wireless technologies can reduce traffic accidents and congestion through vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-roadside wireless communications using off-the-shelf components, the company said. The product already has been tested and approved for the 2.4 GHz band.
Initiative targets news ways to distribute AMBER alerts
Under a nationwide initiative, Qualcomm’s OmniTRACS mobile communications system will redistribute AMBER alerts from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to en route drivers working for participating trucking fleets. The company is encouraging other fleets to join those already involved in the project, such as Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods, FedEx and National Freight.
Wi-Fi headsets leverage WLAN IP platform
Ascom Wireless’ i75 voice over Wi-Fi handsets now leverage Texas Instruments’ TNETV1700 WLAN IP platform. The handsets offer extended talk and stand by time, while supporting the following Wi-Fi standards: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11i and 802.11e, according to the company.
Wireless modules support M2M communications
QuaTech released its next-generation Airborne 802.11 embedded wireless modules and AirborneDirect 802.11 external wireless networking products for OEM machine-to-machine communications applications. Products in the line offer connection rates based on the 802.11g standard; available devices include server and bridge modules, a wireless device server and a wireless Ethernet bridge.