Mobile, Global Work Force

By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2003-06-23 Print this article Print

Mobile, Global Work Force

With the corporate work force growing more mobile and global, its no surprise that high-speed wireless Internet access has developed a mainstream following.

IDCs Waryas estimates that more than 5 million consumers will access the Internet through U.S. wireless hot spots by 2006. And while cafes and airports now offer wireless Internet access, road warriors are expected to make use of wireless access most widely in hotels. Pyramid Research LLC, for example, expects roughly 25,000 hotels globally to offer wireless access by 2007 (see chart).

At Company Finance Inc., in San Mateo, Calif., employees use nationwide wireless hot spots from T-Mobile USA Inc. to check e-mail on the road. The company has used GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) for access in the past, but Pankaj Chowdhry, president and chief technology officer of Company Finance, said GPRS coverage is not as reliable as the coverage he has come to expect from Wi-Fi hot spots.

To ensure security, employees at Company Finance use Windows Terminal Services, said Chowdhry, who is also an eWEEK Corporate Partner. Terminal Services supports 128-bit bidirectional encryption between the server and the client using RSA Security Inc.s RC4 encryption algorithm. The same security methodology is in place for Company Finance employees using a wired hotel broadband connection.

As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.

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