Walmart is Watching ... Almost

Written by Steven Damron

The New York Times reported thatrepparttar RFID rollout at Walmart has slowed down. Actually,repparttar 133397 first deployment of RFID at Walmart is only atrepparttar 133398 pallet level, not atrepparttar 133399 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 inrepparttar 133400 back nearrepparttar 133401 loading docks and then, as RFID goes product-level, inrepparttar 133402 front nearrepparttar 133403 doors. These black vans will have sophisticated instrumentation to track RFID tags onrepparttar 133404 sly.

RFID tags will have as profound an impact on retail asrepparttar 133405 Internet. For one, RFID-enabled


Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

From: Wind Wireless, Inc.

Contact: Bob Kirkpatrick, Chief Technology Officer (509) 462-4734 715 East Sprague Avenue Spokane, WA 99202



SPOKANE, WA December 27, 2004 - Wind Wireless, Inc. of Spokane, Washington announcedrepparttar 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 userepparttar 133396 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 andrepparttar 133397 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.”

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