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WiMAX Trials Hit UK Science Museum
By: MarkJ - 29 March, 2005 (2:23 PM)

Intel and MetraNet are to demonstrate the next generation of broadband wireless technology, WiMAX, at The Science Museum:

Intel will be showcasing real world demonstrations of WiMAX in three different usage models. Two are based on Alvarion’s BreezeMAX - one in a business environment with a demo from The Science Museum and one in the digital home which is being demonstrated at Dolby Laboratories European HQ. A rural location demonstration will also take place with an example from Brighton based Wi-Fi service provider MetraNet.

WiMAX, also known as IEEE 802.16, is an emerging wireless standard that will enable cost effective, high-speed wireless connections to homes and businesses in both urban and rural environments across long distances.

Intel has been working on the UK trials for the past two months with the Science Museum at its Wroughton site where many of its large object collections are housed in 11 old aeroplane hangers across a 545 acre site. WiMAX is allowing the curators at the various sites to be able to communicate electronically with each other for the first time ever and also keep updated records of the various artefacts within the remote buildings.

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