City of Long Beach, Calif.
Goes Wireless With Intermec; Downtown Wireless Internet District
Provides Free High-Speed Internet Access for Residents and Visitors
EVERETT, Wash., Jan 7, 2003
(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Slow dial-up connections and internet access fees
are a thing of the past for shoppers, diners and visitors in Long
Now, visitors to the downtown
area can connect to the Internet for free, courtesy of the city's
new Downtown Wireless Internet District. Unlike other wireless "hot
spots," which typically require monthly or per-minute access fees,
Long Beach provides the high-speed access at no charge.
Thanks to a wireless network
with wireless access points from Intermec Technologies Corp., anyone
with a laptop or Microsoft Windows Pocket PC-equipped personal
digital assistant with an 802.11b wireless radio card can access the
Internet. The weather-proof Intermec MobileLAN 2100 wireless access
points, based on the Wi-Fi(TM) 802.11b networking standard, provide
a broadband connection to a centrally located switch at speeds up to
11Mbps. In comparison, an average dial-up connection runs at
To access the system, users
simply open their Internet browser, which will automatically load a
portal site for Long Beach's Pine Avenue Hot Zone. Users then can
check e-mail, download files or just surf, all at speeds up to 50
times faster than with a standard dial-up connection. The Wireless
Internet District, which can accommodate hundreds of simultaneous
users, encompasses several blocks in Long Beach's downtown core, an
area of restaurants and retail shops popular with visitors and
business travelers. Future plans include extending the wireless
network to the convention center, marina area and the Long Beach
The wireless network is
designed to allow users to roam throughout the District without
losing connectivity. For example, a user may be downloading a
presentation while finishing a cup of coffee at a local cafe. With
the network's roaming capability, there's no need to wait for the
file transfer to be complete before heading down the street to do
some shopping. To ensure this seamless coverage, Intermec conducted
a site survey to determine optimum placement for the access points
and antennas to maximize the range and speed of the network.
"We wanted to make sure that we
provided easy, hassle-free connectivity with no gaps or dead spots,"
said Bruce Mayes, project manager for the Long Beach wireless
HotZone. "Intermec's expertise in wireless network design was one of
the keys to making that happen. And since the MobileLAN 2100D is
designed to withstand harsh environments, we know people will be
able to rely on the wireless network even on the rare days when it
rains in Long Beach."
"Intermec has 20 years'
experience designing and installing mission-critical wireless
networks for high-traffic outdoor and industrial environments," said
Pam Cory, Intermec vice president of systems marketing. "Public
wireless network access is becoming a `Main Street' phenomenon.
Intermec is proud to have been selected by the City of Long Beach to
help it fulfill this exciting vision."
To view the portal site from
outside the Hot Zone, visit http://www.longbeachportals.com/.
Intermec Technologies Corp., a
UNOVA Inc. (UNA)
company, is a leader in global supply chain solutions and in the
development, manufacture and integration of wired and wireless
automated data collection, Intellitag(R) RFID (radio frequency
identification), mobile computing systems, bar code printers and
label media. The company's products and services are used by
customers in many industries to improve productivity, quality and
responsiveness of business operations, from supply chain management
and enterprise resource planning to field sales and service. For
information about Intermec, visit http://www.intermec.com/.
To learn more about how
companies can benefit from Intermec's supply chain technologies,
contact Intermec Technologies Corp., 6001 36th Ave. West, Everett,
WA 98203-9280 USA; telephone 800/347-2636; or visit Intermec's web
site at http://www.intermec.com/. To
learn more about UNOVA, visit http://www.unova.com/.
For information about Intermec:
Kathie Jackson Anderson, 425/348-2799
For information about this announcement:
Lois Fenimore, 425/348-2692
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