With wireless technology now on the order of 200 years old,
the degree of ongoing innovation remains really quite amazing.
While we clearly benefit from the faster/better/cheaper phenomenon
that typifies high tech, we’re still seeing major advances
in modulation, coding, signal processing, antennas, and just
about every other area of radio technology as well. Even seasoned
engineers marvel at how powerful today’s wireless devices
are, and the broad range of applications they address. It
now seems certain that essentially every mobile individual
will become a user of wireless networking products and services.
But the road to wireless ubiquity remains covered with potholes,
ranging from concerns about security to power-management issues
to over-zealous marketing departments who often seem clueless
as to what their products actually do. This talk will examine
the possibilities for and challenges facing truly ubiquitous
wireless service and explore why all the pieces of the puzzle
– from basic technologies to spectrum regulation, subscriber
units and the critical requirement of properly setting customer
expectations – must be addressed before our shared vision
of ubiquity can become a reality.
Craig J. Mathias is a Principal with Farpoint Group, an advisory
firm based in Ashland, MA specializing in wireless and mobile
communications technologies, products, and services. The company
works with manufacturers, service providers, and end-users
in technology assessment, strategy development, product/service
specification and design, product marketing, program management,
and the integration of new communications technologies into
business operations, across a broad range of markets and applications.
Craig holds an Sc.B. degree in Applied Mathematics/Computer
Science from Brown University. He has published numerous technical
and overview articles on a broad range of topics, and is a
well-known (and widely-quoted) industry analyst and frequent
speaker at conferences and trade shows. He is also a member
of the Advisory Boards for COMDEX Fall, the Next Generation
Networks Conference, the Communications Design Conference,
and ComNet, a monthly columnist for Electronic Engineering
Times (“Radio Days”), the Wireless Guide for wireless.itworld.com,
and a member of the IEEE, Sigma Xi, and the ACM.