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We will inevitably plunge into Wi-Fi

February 26 2006
18:21

Proponents of wireless connection and a variety of experts in the field of high technologies continue to highly accelerated pace worldwide campaign to promote the standard wireless Wi-Fi. This time under their onslaught could not resist just two of the largest metropolis - Chicago and London. Is it any mention Philadelphia, San Francisco and about two dozen other cities in just one America, where everywhere there are Wi-Fi nodes?

Enviable "motorization"

In Chicago, in public places: cafes, bookstores, libraries have already created hundreds of access points based on this, which has recently become extremely popular, despite the obvious bottlenecks, and technology.

The plans cover the city's Wi-Fi network the entire territory of Chicago - have already announced a contest for the best project among the companies concerned. New infrastructure will be put into operation next year.

In the UK, the Wi-Fi are widely used. In the business district of the British capital will soon appear multiple access points. Necessary equipment will be installed in outdoor objects - lampposts, signs and traffic lights.

According to city officials, the introduction of Wi-Fi and maximizing access to opportunities and services, primarily the Internet, is essential for London is a world financial center.

According to specialists, only one city access points will benefit about 350 000 people - owners of handheld devices and laptops. It will be possible within six months.

Meanwhile in Russia, things are not so rosy, and forecasts, alas, is disappointing. Wi-Fi remains unclaimed gimmick. Even in the two Russian capitals - Moscow and St. Petersburg it is limited at best, a dozen workers access points. In Nizhny Novgorod, the beginning of the year there were only five sites, four of which are located in hotels. Experts explain this by saying that the service is intended mainly for tourists. This explains the relatively high cost of wireless access to the network - on average about 10 U.S. dollars per hour.

The question becomes more

However, as the Wi-Fi continue to advertise and market, there is a growing camp of the opponents of this technology. In short, all is not as smooth.

The Canadian Lakehead University, for example, the management decided to eliminate all access points, Wi-Fi on campus. The main reason is concern about the health of students. According to the rector of the institution, Wi-Fi network can adversely affect the health of students and teachers. He stressed that it is not known how electromagnetic radiation affects humans.

In turn, the experts one of the largest U.S. companies McAfee reminded of the need to protect information and data from unauthorized access. According to them, if the access point, Wi-Fi will continue to be installed on such a scale, the crisis is inevitable.

"We are most concerned with the fact that most people think first about how to switch, and not about safety. Due to a network that is constantly in operation, the hackers simply choose the people and set targets. In addition, there is a failure in knowledge.The overwhelming number of people do not have the right information when it comes to this technology, "- said one of the experts of the company.

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