Consortium makes wireless interoperability its goal
ATLANTA (IDG) -- Global, interoperable wireless connectivity among wireless devices in the workplace, home, and in public places is the goal of a vendor consortium announced at the NetWorld+Interop conference here.
The HiperLAN2 Global Forum, featuring participation from vendors such as Ericsson, Dell Computer, and Nokia, plans to promote the HiperLAN2 standard to enable high-speed connectivity for "next-generation" mobile communications.
"It's all about bringing credibility to wireless LANs," said forum Chairman Martin Johnsson, representing Ericsson.
The group is working with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute Project BRAN (Broadband Access Radio Networks), which is developing the standard.
HiperLAN2 is expected to be finished later this year, with compliant products due in the latter half of 2001. Products abiding by the proposed standard would operate in the 5-GHz band, and enable quality-of-service support as well as potential for deploying multimedia and real-time video applications.
HiperLAN2 also offers strong security support and presents the possibility of a "plug and play" wireless network, Johnsson said.
One issue facing the consortium is how to synchronize HiperLAN2 products with systems already complying with other standards, such as the 802.11 wireless connectivity specification. Systems would need to specifically comply with both specifications, according to the forum.
"You can use your 802.11 infrastructure while also deploying a HiperLAN network at the same time," Johnsson said.
Founders of the consortium include Bosch, Dell, Ericsson, Nokia, Telia, and Texas Instruments.
Paul Krill is InfoWorld's associate news editor.
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