In-Flight Networks: Airlines Have Wireless Choices. Patrick Potega AirPower. WAEA Technology Committee 5 November 1999 San Diego, CA. Airlines Have Wireless Choices. Wireless cabin networks aren’t limited to radio IEEE 802.11 includes both Infrared and RF
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WAEA Technology Committee
5 November 1999
San Diego, CA
The Bluetooth specification has adopted the IrDA
(Infrared Data Association) standard for API (Application
Both Infrared and Bluetooth RF systems will comply with
IrOBEX (Infrared Object Exchange Protocol) as the method
of synchronizing wireless devices.
Similar to the HTTP Internet protocol, IrOBEX allows both
quick connect/disconnect sessions, as well as allowing
wireless devices to maintain connections over a period of
time, even while the devices are idle.
IrOBEX means that applications such as e-mail, schedules,
database transactions, etc., that run under Infrared wireless
networks are also compliant with Bluetooth.
deal with the problem of phasing in and out of coverage, as
in ‘Did you get that last bit? And if you didn’t get that last bit,
where did the failure occur -- the device, the modem, the
server or the carrier?’”
What are the biggest factors currently holding back wireless
“Security and cost are the key, but I’ve seen people struggle
with product selection as well. With so many technologies
available, how do I pick the right one? And once I feel like I’ve
picked the right one, how do I maintain an environment that’s
flexible enough for me to introduce new technology without
completely shutting out what I’ve already invested in?”
Interview with Ken Stoffregen, IBM Global Services regional services executive
Mobile Computing & Communications, November 1998