HP (NYSE:HPQ) today launched a worldwide initiative aimed at providing Public Wireless LAN "hot spots" in public areas such as airports, hotels, restaurants and other locales. This offers mobile professionals affordable, secure high-speed access to email and other business applications using virtually any wireless local area network and mobile access device.
HP's Public Wireless LAN hot spots offer the freedom and flexibility that hard-wired networks limit, while cellular and dial-up networks are not optimal with prohibitive costs and slow data-transfer rates. The infrastructure solutions combine design, implementation and management capabilities from HP Services, wireless applications and service-enablement software from key partners and a full range of HP server and access devices.
HP's solution for Public Wireless LAN Hot Spots includes:
Wireless LAN implementation, including access points, antennas, security, network integration and ongoing management;
Support services to provide round-the-clock, around-the-globe support for mobile platforms and applications;
Subscription services through key partners that offer customers public wireless access subscription services;
Consulting and integration services to support every facet of public wireless access, including wireless networks, applications, servers and access devices.
Software and wireless applications from partners worldwide, handling billing, access, 2.5-3G/WLAN roaming, authentication and authorization;
Service Management solutions from HP OpenView and partners to manage network elements, quality of service, inventory, provisioning and customer services;
Mobile access devices, including the award-winning iPAQ Pocket PC, and Compaq Evo Notebooks providing secure wireless-ready access;
Industry-standard servers delivering the reliability, scalability and manageability needed to support mobile applications;
and Financial services offering innovative technology leasing and financial asset management solutions that take away major upfront capital investments.
Complementing the initiative's hot spot infrastructure solutions, HP is offering new notebooks and iPAQ Pocket PCs to help mobile professionals live their lives on the go. The devices take advantage of wireless networks via Bluetooth and 802.11 standards to connect users to enterprise applications and the Internet -- regardless of where they find themselves.
HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced the iPAQ Pocket PC H3900 series -- the newest line in the world's No. 1-selling Pocket PC family -- complete with a spectacular new color screen for easier viewing of pictures and for crisp text, and versatile features such as a universal remote control for home and office electronics.
The new iPAQ Pocket PC H3900 series also contains a secure digital input/output (SDIO) expansion slot, allowing customers to move data back and forth through the smallest, lightest and most sophisticated storage and expansion accessories. SD cards are typically about the size of a postage stamp, offering expanded memory capacity today, and in the future, connectivity capabilities via Bluetooth, digital photography solutions and wireless(1) local area networking (WLAN).
"Mobile professionals appreciate true-to-life color displays, faster performance and robust data preservation; this new iPAQ Pocket PC series delivers on all accounts," said Sean Burke, vice president, HP Smart Handhelds. "Designed for business customers who want untethered access to information, their personal and business contacts and their enterprise applications, the new iPAQ H3900 series is an ideal tool for workers on the go."
The iPAQ Pocket PC H3950 comes with 32 MB of Flash ROM (read-only memory) and has an estimated U.S. street price of $649.(2) The iPAQ Pocket PC H3970 comes with integrated Bluetooth capabilities and 48 MB of Flash ROM, at an estimated U.S. street price of $749.(2) Both models are powered by Microsoft(r) Windows(R) for Pocket PC 2002 and the 400MHz PXA250 processor with Intel XScale technology for accelerated multimedia and security, and include 64 MB of RAM (random access memory).
Models begin shipping this week and expected to be widely available in July. See http://www.hp.com/products/pocketpc for details. HP also added a 256 MB SD memory card to its secure digital portfolio at an estimated U.S. street price of $199.