Solves the Problem of Finding a Location When an Internet Connection is Not Currently Available
Mountain View, CA, October 6, 2003 - The Wi -Fi Alliance today announced that you can now use your Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) enabled cell phone or other device to find over 6,000 Wi -Fi ZONE locations.
This is a very easy application to use, yet a very powerful way to locate a Wi -Fi ZONE when you need one. Users set up a bookmark on their WAP -enabled device that points to the Wi -Fi ZONE WAP URL (http://wap.wi -fizone.org). Selecting this bookmark will take the users through menus for country, state and then to a list of Wi -Fi ZONE locations in the city selected. Once the users are online at a Wi -Fi ZONE Web site, they can even download the list of locations in the city they are visiting. Both of these tools are something that travel agents and corporate travel managers may find useful to share with the people that they support.
Membership in the Wi -Fi ZONE program is free of charge to providers whose locations use Wi -Fi CERTIFIED(tm) equipment. Application to the program is available online at www.wi -fizone.org.
"This is a very powerful and fun tool to help people stay connected," said Frank Hanzlik, Managing Director of the Wi -Fi Alliance. "Although the ZONE Finder search engine is very powerful, we often find ourselves without an Internet connection. Since most of us usually have our phones with us, this is an excellent tool to find the nearest Wi -Fi ZONE," continued Hanzlik.
See Wi -Fi at Telecom Geneva
Wi -Fi based wireless LANs will be on display at ITU Telecom World Geneva (Geneva Palexpo, Hall 1/2, Booth 2010), Geneva, Switzerland, October 12 -18, 2003.
About the Wi -Fi Alliance
The Wi -Fi Alliance (formerly WECA) is a nonprofit organization formed in 1999 to certify interoperability of IEEE 802.11 products and to promote them as the global, wireless LAN standard across all market segments.
The Wi -Fi Alliance has instituted a test suite that defines how member products are tested to certify that they are interoperable with other Wi -Fi CERTIFIED products. These tests are conducted at an independent laboratory.
Membership in the Wi -Fi Alliance is open to all companies that support the 802.11 family of standards. The Wi -Fi Alliance now comprises over 200 members from the world's leading companies. These companies offer over 900 Wi -Fi CERTIFIED products. For more information, please visit www.wi -fi.org and for information on Wi -Fi ZONE public access locations go to www.wi -fizone.org.