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Hardware News   Hardware News : Will you be able to "talk" to your local Wireless lamp post?
   posted by vortexau on 15-Jan-2004 16:53:24 (1654 reads)
From The Register:
Last Mile holds the patents to a Wireless Networking system designed to use highway Lamp Posts as the Wireless-Networking medium.


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Using the new 63 GHz network - at 200 milliwatts, the highway net transceivers will produce around half of one per cent of the full power of a mobile phone mast.
"But we reckon that we can launch our system with a very conservative data service of up to 40 megabits per second for every user in the micro-cell around a lamp post."
    

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The_Editor 
Re: Will you be able to "talk" to your local Wirel
Posted on 15-Jan-2004 19:26:59
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Thanks for the link, John.

A very interesting article. It would seem that big brother is quite literally around the corner (or under the streetlamp).

Constant speed monitoring .. No doubt linked to our credit cards so we can be "fined" before we even realise that we're 2mph over the limit.

No privacy ... Unless you walk. They will always know where you are, even if you don't !!


No .. This technology, While having a few good points, SuXX0rs.

Its all about ... Control .. They want it all !!


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@ Editor

Yeah bad.


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Wo - how to destroy several market sectors with one fell swoop!

Mobile 'phone providers - BAM! Free wireless calls through the internet.
Internet service providers - BAM! Roving internet connection accessible from anywhere.
GPS solutions - BAM! You can locate yourself really easily, just by finding your nearest lamppost.

Billboard adverts probably won't take long, either - wirelessly linked to the internet, possibly to news services, videos, etc.

Of course, there's going to be a boom in one market sector - hardware hacking your car so that it doesn't report the right ID, or something like that!

To be quite honest, it all sounds pretty cool (if done properly), although there are definite shades of William Gibson, Ian M. Banks, et. al.


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Don't forget that the expansion of automobile-user numbers put many a horse-xhit shoveller out of work!

or . . . would you have preferred all that horse-xhit all over the streets?

~ Actually they didn't say that it (the technology) would have any initial effect on present Mobile Phone Systems.
But, in Australia, the M.P. Networks charge you more to phone your wife in the store from the car-park than it costs to do a wired-call long-distance Brisbane to Cairns!!

My thinking is that THIS TECHNOLOGY may be just as much of an advance for civiliation as Telephone (the Century-old kind), the Internet, & G.P.S. combined!

- - - and, if your car drove itself, you'd not be getting Speeding Tickets and you could safely make a Cell-phone call without going over lane-dividers or pedestrians!


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The_Editor said-Quote:
No privacy ... Unless you walk. They will always know where you are, even if you don't !!

You THINK "they" don't already know where everyone who carries a Cell-phone (or G.P.S. ) is?

What do you think of the factor that a daughter of yours who's car breaks-down, could safely summon help without being dependant on an always-charged (or not over-spent) CellPhone account?

- What you loose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts -


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