TSA sponsoring development of broadband wireless networks for airports
| 01.09.2007 | 07:34:05 | Views: 2865 | ID:
January 9 '07: Using existing electrical lines built into a building's walls the U.S., the Transportation Security Administration has partnered with technology companies to design broadband communications networks which would provide a wireless intranet system at the nation's airports, InformationWeek reported in its January 8 issue.
"The TSA plans eventually to wire airport passenger and other screening systems, cameras at ticket counters, and passport readers for Internet access using the technology," that will be installed using a $100 million project being funded by federal grant money. As many as 380 airports could have the technology installed in the coming future, InformationWeek continued.At the heart of the technology, the TSA plans to use existing electrical infrastructure to run a broadband network through the airports. Cooperating with Telkonet - a technology development company - the TSA will increase the security standards of the system as well as work to develop a faster delivering wireless signal. "Since powerline networking uses a building's existing infrastructure, there's no need for extra cabling of digging through materials like asbestos," InformationWeek reported. The broadband network "doesn't interfere with electrical signals because it runs in a different frequency range ... Most installations are done in a day." In addition to Telkonet, Motorola has agreed to work with the TSA to increase the network's speed while Telkonet promises a 200-Mbps signal delivery device by the year's end, InformationWeek reported.
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