Construction goes wireless

Construction project management relies critically upon ongoing communications between the various players.Though these communications have been difficult in the past, today's wireless technologies offer a host of solutions.The article surveys the new wireless technologies, and discusses their applicability to the particular situations of different construction organizations.Alphanumeric pagers are compared with digital cell phones and convention mobile radio.There is a current trend of combining several services (such as voice- and text-messaging, e-mail and wireless Web access) into single devices, or of integrating them in handheld, personal digital assistants.The wireless technologies of the near future are profiled, including Motorola's iDEN technology, Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), GPRS location-based services, and the next generation of wireless technology, UMTS.
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