Wireless technology is an industry that has seen much growth and progress in the years following the inception of the internet and cell phones. Our society has progressed to the point to where we can no longer function without this technology. Business, travel, and everyday life now are dependant on wireless technology.
Wireless technology is just what its name implies, communicating or computing without wires and phone lines. Wireless technology uses a variety of different devices such as desktop and laptop computers, personal digital assistants (PDA’s), cell phones, and many others.
The major benefit of wireless technology to users is the immediate access it offers to resources. Whether it is providing access to your office, the Internet, your business, or just making a phone call while walking down the street, wireless technology provides millions of users with a degree of flexibility that used to be limited by wires.
In general, wireless technology works a lot like wired technology. The user inputs data onto device, connection software translates the data into a format for transmission, and transmission protocols determine the method and route the data into a format for transmission. The method and route the data will take is determined by transmission protocols. Once more, connection software re-translates the data into a format that the new user can perceive.
Wireless technology is important to business because it makes communication and integration of e-business easier to achieve. Virtualization brings computing power to the consumer when they need it. Grid technology lets us share and manage collections of resources as if they were a large virtualized computer. Wireless supplies an anywhere, anytime link to this powerful system.
Horizontal integration allows the consumer to connect with legacy systems, data, and custom business applications inside and outside of business. Horizontal integration delivers benefits such as data mining, real-time transaction processing, and decision-support systems. Wireless data-translation protocols allow contrasting devices to efficiently use information from all sources.
Wireless technology has also lead to the advent of PDA-cell phone hybrids called smart phones. The combination cell phone and organizer also has Web access, email and messaging capabilities, an MP3 player, Bluetooth support, and a digital video camera.
PalmSource made wireless device-to-device communication more popular by putting an infrared port on every Palm OS handheld. From the advent of the first Palm OS handhelds in 1995, the concept of "beaming" information became a norm in the business world. Business cards, applications, and content began to move from one device to another with ease. PalmSource is now innovating again by pioneering Bluetooth in mobile devices such as handhelds and cell phones.