New Security Standard Leads to Wi-Fi Boom

Industry experts expect interest in Wi-Fi will skyrocket due to the new 802.11i Wi-Fi security standard.

Industry experts said that business communitys interest in Wi-Fi will skyrocket in the next year or two now that 802.11i is an official IEEE security standard.

"Having a new standard in place is an important step forward," Frank Hanzlik, managing director of the Wi-Fi Alliance, said. "Half the notebooks shipping today have Wi-Fi built in, and its being embedded in other products. Were starting to see it in airplanes, several rail companies are offering it, and several auto manufacturers are looking at putting it in the next generation of cars."


The Wi-Fi Alliance in September will start certifying products with WPA2, an update of Wi-Fi Protected Access, which the alliance introduced last year as a precursor to 802.11i.

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