November 13th, 2001
The State of Wireless Internet

11/13/01 RMIUG Meeting - The State of Wireless Internet

The Tuesday, November 13th meeting of the Rocky Mountain Internet Users Group (RMIUG) will feature a panel discussion called "The State of Wireless Internet." Join us as our expert panelists help us navigate the exciting present (and future!) world of wireless communications and applications. As always, plenty of time will be allocated for interactive Q&A, so bring lots of questions.

Richard Trinkner (richard.trinkner@gartner.com), Senior Analyst with Gartner G2, the business strategy division of Gartner, Inc., will be speaking on "3G and the Supranet" and coming impacts for wireless Internet users. 3G is the next generation of wireless communications beyond today's digital PCS technologies. The Supranet, the union of the physical world with digital networks, is already a reality and will explode as wireless data networks proliferate and as analog devices take advantage of its connectivity. Learn how upcoming wireless data networks, Bluetooth, and wireless LANs will help to create this interconnectivity, and what these developments will mean for users.

Dan Lubar (dlubar@datadistrib.com), Founder & President of Data Distributions Corporation, a wireless messaging and services company based in Boulder, will examine the following question. "Why has wireless text messaging or SMS (Short Message Service) stumbled here in the US when, in other countries that have cellular phone services, millions and millions of SMS messages are being sent each month?" Mr. Lubar will be talking though some of the numerous issues that have put the US where it is today and what the future may hold for so-called "texting" in the US. He'll also be touching on the various ways that SMS messaging can be used today to deliver real value to customers as well as some of the hurtles one might face in trying to do so.

Steve Milroy (Steve@Milroy.com), Principal Wireless Technologist with Immedient, will be presenting an overview of WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) and VoiceXML as relates to the Wireless Internet. Various aspects of current WAP technology will be addressed, as well as the future of various Wireless Internet technologies. Demonstrations of various WAP and VoiceXML applications will be covered. This will include RTD's Talk-N-Ride, a Voice Internet application developed by Immedient allowing for the rapid retrieval of real-time bus/light rail information using VoiceXML. Immedient Corporation is a privately held technology consulting firm that assists its clients with various digital commerce projects.

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The meeting is Tuesday, November 13th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm (with optional 6:30 pm start for refreshments and informal networking). The meeting will be held at The National Center for Atmospheric Research at 1850 Table Mesa Drive in Boulder, which is located on the west end of Table Mesa Drive, up the hill, right under the Flatirons. For door-to-door driving direction, go to MapQuest (http://www.mapquest.com/ ), click on Driving Directions, enter your starting address, NCAR's address, and voila! Park in the NCAR lot, go in the main door, and ask the guard to point you to meeting, which is held in the main auditorium, right off the lobby. The meeting is free and open to the public, but we may pass the hat to help defray expenses.

Our meeting location seats about 120 people. That is usually enough room to accommodate all attendees, but it's impossible for us to predict how many people will show up for any given meeting. Seating is always on a first-come, first serve basis, and in the event of more attendees than seats, we won't be able to admit additional people into the auditorium after all seats are filled.

RMIUG appreciates the ongoing support from XOR Network Engineering ( http://www.xor.com ) for administration of RMIUG's electronic discussion lists & web site. Thanks also to our new sponsor MicroStaff ( http://www.microstaff.com ) for sponsorship of refreshments for our group. Consultants and companies are invited to bring Internet- related Product information, brochures, and business cards which will be displayed on an information table.

There are email mailing lists set up for this group. To subscribe or unsubscribe, see http://www.rmiug.org/maillist.html You can also reach the RMIUG "Executive" Committee at rmiug-comm@rmiug.org. Our web site is at http://www.rmiug.org/

Tentative schedule of 2002 RMIUG meetings:

  • January - "XML and the Internet: The Coming Revolution"
  • March - "Worms, Viruses, and other nasty infections"
  • May - "Domain Update - Legal Issues & Technical Changes"
  • July - "Instant Messaging vs. Email vs. Web"
  • September - "Nonprofits on the Net"
  • November - TBD

(To suggest a topic, send your idea to rmiug-comm@rmiug.org)

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