Researchers at the University of Michigan have hacked into a live, networked traffic-signal system, showing how lax security can imperil any embedded systems. According to a paper written by the group, they discovered several vulnerabilities in the system's wireless network and its traffic-light controller, which enabled the researchers to alter the state of traffic lights on command.
NTT DoCoMo has announced that it is offering a "premium" public Wi-Fi service, with a maximum speed of 72 Mbps, to travelers within Japan on a trial basis.
Careless mobile users are leaving themselves exposed to hack attacks when accessing social networks, security company Kaspersky Labs warned.
In its quest to gain regulatory approval for its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, Comcast has drawn the map wide in terms of defining its realm of competition. But advocacy blog Consumerist has done some interesting tire-kicking on the notion that Comcast's video and broadband services are in any way competing with the mobile broadband services offered by wireless companies.
The FCC's proposal to open up more of the 5 GHz band for use by unlicensed devices continues to draw criticism and generate debate in multiple corners, as supporters of the commission's plan square off against critics that are concerned about the proposal's impact on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications and wireless Internet service providers (WISPs).
Frontier Communications might not be a traditional wireless player, but the telco revealed during Adtran's Connect event in Huntsville, Ala., last week that it is seeing a growing demand to provide Wi-Fi services to local businesses. Its recent win to wire the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, N.C., with Wi-Fi is an example of this trend, reports our sister publication FierceTelecom.
A subsidiary of Boingo Wireless will install and operate neutral-host cellular distributed antenna systems (DAS) and Wi-Fi networks in select areas of New York's new World Trade Center (WTC).
Always-on connectivity comes with a power-consumption cost, accommodated by personal financial costs. Basically, "always on" also means "always paying." Connectify's latest experiment with router equipment from its local cable provider, Comcast, highlights the impacts.
The recent report that Apple's late cofounder Steve Jobs hoped to encourage wireless router makers to include a "guest network" option so Wi-Fi's footprint could be spread exponentially is helping focus more attention on Hotspot 2.0, which enables seamless roaming between Wi-Fi networks and also enables seamless data roaming between Wi-Fi and cellular networks. But recent comments from industry executives indicate Hotspot 2.0 has yet to gain widespread adoption, though its impact could be expansive in the future.
A year ago, Mimosa Networks was still firmly in stealth mode. But the Campbell, Calif., company has now released its first last-mile gigabit wireless radio for Internet service providers seeking fiber speeds delivered over the air.