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EurekaAlert: You Can Hear Me Now: Software Brings Cellular Capacity to Rural Communities

Oct 08, 2003, 04:00 (1 Talkback[s])

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"Researchers have successfully tested a system that can replace a cellular tower's room full of communications hardware with a single desk-top style computer, making the technology affordable for small, rural communities.

"The software is also capable of running emergency communications--such as police, fire and ambulance channels--on the same device as the civilian system, eliminating the need for a separate network of emergency communications towers.

"'Rural customers are the first application of the technology, but large carriers are watching to see what happens,' said John Chapin, chief technology officer at Vanu, Inc., the Cambridge, Mass. Company that tested and markets the software, which it calls Vanu Software Radio..."

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