Walmart is Watching ... AlmostWritten by Steven Damron
The New York Times reported that RFID rollout at Walmart has slowed down. Actually, first deployment of RFID at Walmart is only at pallet level, not at product level, so all Walmart will track initially is how pallets of products move through their distribution system. Eventually, when RFID tags are produced in enough volume to knock down their prices, Walmart would like to tag every product so it can check you out quickly and keep track of what you buy.
I have this vision that stealthy black vans will start showing up at Walmart parking lots, at first in back near loading docks and then, as RFID goes product-level, in front near doors. These black vans will have sophisticated instrumentation to track RFID tags on sly.
RFID tags will have as profound an impact on retail as Internet. For one, RFID-enabled
WIND WIRELESS AND MIKROTIK - HIGH IMPACT/LOW INVESTMENTWritten by Bob Kirkpatrick
From: Wind Wireless, Inc.
Contact: Bob Kirkpatrick, Chief Technology Officer firstname.lastname@example.org (509) 462-4734 715 East Sprague Avenue Spokane, WA 99202 www.windwireless.net
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WIND WIRELESS AND MIKROTIK - HIGH IMPACT/LOW INVESTMENT
SPOKANE, WA December 27, 2004 - Wind Wireless, Inc. of Spokane, Washington announced completion of their latest project, a free access wireless internet system that encompasses over 2,200 square miles. Often called WiFi Hotspots, these Internet access systems are often found at airports and coffee houses, allowing people with small radio cards in portable computers to use Internet. The city of Spokane has been getting a lot of press coverage for a ten by ten block hotspot it built at a cost of $75,000. The Wind Wireless system uses Mikrotik equipment and company spent under $30,000. The Wind system is capable of delivering speeds up to 4 megabits per second.
“We have a lot of control and tracking capabilities,” said Bob Kirkpatrick, Wind Wireless’ Chief of Technology. “Mikrotik allows us to have a lot more security and utility than anything else out there. For price, utility, security and reliability you just can’t beat it.”