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Ultra-Wideband: New Ultra-Connectivity for the Enterprise?

Like predecessors 802.11 and Bluetooth, ultra-wideband (UWB) is poised to become "the next big thing" for wireless connectivity in the enterprise.

This wireless technology, which was first the subject of experimentation more than 100 years ago, boasts gigabit speeds that far surpass Bluetooth and supports significantly more spectrum than 802.11. Plus, it supports quality of service (QoS) necessary for applications like streaming video and audio.

True, formal standards have not yet evolved - two competing versions of the 802.15.3a standard both failed recently to gain enough support to move forward toward IEEE ratification. And even ardent supporters of the technology acknowledge that once such issues are sorted out, the first UWB applications will likely be deployed on consumer applications.

However, those supporters - and many other observers - believe that UWB is so attractive that it inevitably will become a strong asset in the enterprise, not as a replacement for 802.11 but rather as a complement to that technology.

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