Technology Briefs

Vendors team on wireless

ArrayComm Inc., a provider of "smart" antenna technology, and the IIT Research Institute (IITRI) announced an agreement June 10 to offer wireless data solutions to the public and private sectors, including one proposal supporting the Army's Future Combat System.

IITRI, a nonprofit contract organization with expertise in such areas as wireless communication, information technology, defense operations support and spectrum management, will use ArrayComm technology to offer wireless communication solutions ranging from improving commercial services to enhancing soldiers' field communications.

The solutions will use ArrayComm's IntelliCell adaptive antenna technology and i-Burst mobile broadband wireless Internet access system. I-Burst offers a wireless IP connection to devices and delivers data rates of 1 megabit/sec per user to hundreds of users in a cell.

Aether upgrades handheld

Aether Systems Inc. has released the first major upgrade of its popular PocketBlue wireless handheld application for law enforcement agencies.

PocketBlue Version 2.0 was designed to make it easier for police officers to navigate by simply touching icons rather than scrolling through text menus, said Mike Layman, senior product marketing manager. He said it's more intuitive as well, so software training is significantly reduced.

The software, running on handheld devices, enables patrol officers on foot, bicycle or horseback to access secure, real-time data about vehicles, guns and people by tapping into the National Crime Information Center, the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System and local Department of Motor Vehicles databases. They can also send and receive e-mail messages.

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