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LinuxDevices.com: Bluetooth 'hot spot' appliance contains tiny Linux server

May 14, 2000, 03:05 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Axis Communications has created a network/Internet appliance that generates local "cells" which extend the range of Bluetooth signals for access by client devices like PDAs, laptops, Webpads, and specialized embedded devices. The company demonstrated the product, dubbed the Bluetooth Axis Point, at Network-Interop in Las Vegas last week."

"The device... which contains a tiny embedded Linux computer, creates localized Bluetooth "hot spots" -- areas where instant wireless broadband access to the Internet or a network is available to Bluetooth-enabled portable devices. The company claims that its Bluetooth Access Point is the first such device to support both data and voice services."

"Kjell-Eivind Kolstad, business development manager for mobile Internet products, expects his company's new product to be an enabler of a wide range of innovative new services for use in office, hotel, home, and public environments such as airports, shopping centers, and convention centers. According to Kolstad, the product is the first member of a family of Axis products targeting mobile Internet applications for voice and data services. Production shipments of the Bluetooth Access Point will begin during Q4 2000."

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