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Wi-Fi Blogmobile Travels The Streets of New York

The "Blogmobile" plying the streets of New York City this week enables the public to carry on Internet conversations with celebrities while at the same time the traveling Wi-Fi hotspot is proving the concept that terrestrial IP links can deliver Web access to moving vehicles.

Using Telkonet NuVisions technology, which has created an umbrella of connectivity in parts of the city, the oversized van is equipped with several PCs for users who communicate with celebrities via blog portal www.ChatWithAStar.com.

"We're proving the concept of mobile Wi-Fi," said Frank Matarazzo, president of Telkonet's Microwave Satellite unit, in an interview Thursday. "It's cost-prohibitive today, but it won't be in the future."

In the blogmobile, a dozen PCs are connected with 20-inch and 40-inch plasma TVs, CD/DVD players, Sony PlayStation 2 players -- all with surround sound.

The firm has been deploying a network of Gigabit Ethernet-based installations that deliver a range of services including television, Internet gaming, and VoIP. Once a building is fitted with the NuVisions technology a Wi-Fi "cloud" is
created around the building.

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