Updated October 19, 2002

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Public Wireless Hot Spots

November 6, 2002. Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Hosted by IBM.
Chair: Peter Rysavy, Rysavy Research.

CONTENTS

Background
Meeting Agenda
Meeting Location
Hotel Information
Registration
Information for Presenters
BACKGROUND

Public wireless hot spots are gathering global momentum as a means of providing convenient broadband wireless services to users in public areas. The advantages they offer over cellular-data networks is that many users already have wi-fi devices, speeds are high, the networks support most networking applications, the technology has broad acceptance and is relatively inexpensive to deploy. There are currently a number of initiatives to enable roaming across different provider networks.

However, coverage will always be localized, and there is an emerging consensus that rather than compete with cellular-data technologies, hot spots should offer complementary services.

The purpose of this meeting is to update attendees on global developments with respect to hot spot deployments, to examine client-side issues, and to look at options for integrating hot spots with cellular networks.

The specific topics we intend to consider include:

  • Status of roaming initiatives
  • Usage models across WLAN and cellular
  • Form factors of devices that support WLAN and cellular
  • Best approaches for multiple radio support in mobile computers
  • Handoff/roaming mechanisms and how to trigger a network change
  • Service offerings between cellular and WLAN, e.g. voice, streaming multimedia
  • How do applications span multiple networks?
  • Status of 3GPP release 6 for WLAN support
  • Common authentication methods between WLAN and cellular
  • Billing mechanisms and approaches, e.g. integrated cellular/WLAN
  • Market drivers and inhibitors
  • Other relevant topics
PRELIMINARY AGENDA

PCCA Meeting, November 6, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

  • Introductions.
  • PCCA update on membership and future meetings.
  • Host presentation by IBM.
  • Presentation. Peter George, Open Group. Mobile Management Forum.
  • Presentation. Steve Medina, Toshiba. Hot spot Market Status; Client Considerations.
  • Presentation. Dan Lowden, Wayport. Market and Technical Drivers and Inhibitors for Wi-Fi in the Public Space.
  • Presentation. Sherelle Farrington, Cisco. PWLAN Architecture & Integration with Cellular

  • Networks.
  • Presentation. Jon Russo, iPass. Wireless Broadband Roaming.
  • Presentation. Mahesh P. Bhave, HUGHES. Satellite Options for Wireless Hotspots
  • Presentation. Michael Fekety, Lucent. Secure Mobile Data Solutions for Enterprises (SMDSe).
  • Presentation. Amos Gregory, Cisco. 802.11 Technology with Networks in Motion.
  • Presentation. John Baker, Transat Technologies. 3GSM WLAN integration.
  • Discussion and analysis.
  • Development of action items and potential task groups.
Note that our agenda is now full. Any additional presentations will be on a time-available basis.

MEETING LOCATION

The meeting will be held in a meeting room at IBM. Research Triangle Park is close to the Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU).

Direction to IBM in Raleigh, North Carolina. Click here for a map of the IBM campus.

Address
3039 Cornwallis Road
Main Campus - Building 002
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

From the Marriot Research Triangle Park to IBM Campus (Distance: 1.4 miles, Time: 5min)
1) Leaving the hotel, make a right on S. Miami Blvd
2) Left on Cornwallis Road
3) Right on David Drive (Entering IBM Campus) 
4) Stop at the security guard house (stay on right)
5) Tell security guard, you are here to see 'Peter Lee' in building #002
6) After the guard house, follow the sign that says, B002 Main Lobby
7) Turn right at the 4-way stop sign
8) You will see a white building ahead of you
9) Park in the visitor parking location or where ever you can find parking space.
10) Go to the Building 002 visitor lobby and ask for Peter Lee, IBM host, at 3-9888 or cellular phone number (919) 260-0707.

From RDU Airport to IBM Campus (Distance: 5.5 miles, Time: 15 mins)
1) Take Highway I40 W (West)
2) Get of at Davis Dr, continue driving heading North
3) Drive pass Cornwallis Road (entering IBM property)
4) Stop at the security guard house (stay on right)
5) Tell security guard, you are here to see 'Peter Lee' in building #002
6) After the guard house, follow the sign that says, B002 Main Lobby
7) Turn right at the 4-way stop sign
8) You will see a white building ahead of you
9) Park in the visitor parking location or where ever you can find parking space.
10) Go to the Building 002 visitor lobby and ask for Peter Lee, IBM host, at 3-9888 or cellular phone number (919) 260-0707.

HOTEL INFORMATION

Marriott at Research Triangle Park
4700 Guardian Drive
Durham, NC.  27703

Marriott Reservations 1-800-228-9290 or by calling the hotel direct 1-919-941-6200.

Please mention the PCCA room block in order to get the group rate.

Room rate $99 and must be booked on or before Tuesday, October 25, 2002.

The hotel provides a shuttle from the airport, and to Research Triangle Park.

REGISTRATION

The registration deadline is one week prior to the meeting.

Organizations that are not PCCA members and that have not attended prior PCCA meeting may attend for a fee of $300 per person. This fee is waived under special circumstances.

INFORMATION FOR PRESENTERS

The following information is for people presenting at this PCCA meeting:

  • Presentations are typically 30 minutes to 45 minutes long unless arranged otherwise.
  • This is a technical audience, so please make the presentations technical. Emphasis

  • should be on industry issues and proposed solutions versus selling your product.
  • There is usually a 5 to 15 minute discussion following the presentation.
  • We will provide an LCD projector.
  • The audience is technical, consisting mostly of engineering and program managers.
  • Generally, 30 to 50 people attend each meeting, representing a broad spectrum of

  • the wireless industry, including carriers, infrastructure vendors, device vendors,
    software vendors and computer vendors.
  • If you are presenting a technical contribution, please provide hard copy for attendees.

  • We will advise you on the number.
  • We request a copy of your presentation (PDF or PPT) before the meeting so that we

  • can post it in the members area of the PCCA web page. 
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