September 7, 2006 By News Report
Wi-Fire, a fully integrated external Wi-Fi adapter, provides interoperability with any 802.11 b/g system. Patents are pending on the device and its proprietary technology. According to Curtis MacDonald, hField's CTO, "Wi-Fire combines a highly sensitive receiver, a highly-tuned and optimized directional antenna, and unique 'fast-response' connection management software to achieve its extraordinary performance levels." Even in situations where an internal adapter cannot maintain connection with a weak WiFi signal, or even detect it, the Wi-Fire connects at speeds suitable for high bandwidth users.
Wi-Fire, only 3" by 4" with a sleek 3/8" thickness, is small, easy-to-use, and folds up with its mounting device and USB cable for portability. Wi-Fire is currently available for Windows XP only. Other versions are being developed. "Our direct sales efforts target campus and municipal applications," says Tom DiClemente, hField's CEO and Partner of hField investor Gran Sasso Ventures LP. "But, as can be expected, we are also experiencing a high level of interest from home and business users." Blake Kleintop, hField COO, adds, "Our beta tests focused mostly on campus WiFi users. We found that the 'seriously mobile user' in particular always experienced much better performance with the Wi-Fire."
More information on Wi-Fire is available at www.hfield.com.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.