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Wireless Hot Spots for
New Kingston | Written
by jamaicaobserver.com |
Monday, 10 May 2004
Copia Wireless Communications has signed an
agreement with Casson's to launch its first "Hot
Spots" program this month in the corporate area.
The program is a Copia initiative to make
wireless Internet connection available where
business people meet outside of work.
Casson's, a popular New Kingston sports bar and
restaurant, will be the first of the eight Hot
Spots Copia plans to deploy in the corporate
area by the end of the year. The deal with
Casson's includes free service for the first 30
days. After that, users will have to buy access
cards to get a username and password to get
connection in the Hot Spot. Access cards will be
available at locations where there are Hot
Spots. The access cards will also be configured
so that the username and password can be used at
The way the system works is that Copia installs
a wireless cloud that has a range of 300 feet
indoors. The cloud is a Hot Spot with an access
point. Copia's technology consists of a Micronet
Wi-Fi radio hooked to an authentication server,
with a wireless link from the access point to
the companyıs office where the backbone is
"There is more and more demand for wireless
Internet access from business people who are
mobile," says Darryl Weymeyer, Copia's CEO. "The
Hot Spots give people access to the Internet so
they can conduct business."
Copia Wireless Communications Ltd, is a
three-year old full service distributor of
wireless networks and VoIP products. Copia has
brought wireless Internet access to the Hilton
Kingston and the Ritz Carlton in Rose Hall.
The company is also experimenting with
delivering similar systems to townhouse
developments. Working with an Internet Service
Provider, Copia will deliver a high speed
connection to homes in a town houses complex.
The ISP supplies the bandwidth and customers,
and Copia installs the infrastructure.