20 February 2006

Historic city of Bath to host wireless experiment [Reuters | CNN]

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Britain’s historic city of Bath is to host an experiment in advanced wireless computer technology that could provide the blueprint for developing the world’s next generation of mobile phones and lap-tops.

Called Cityware, the project will see 30 volunteers using state-of-the-art mobile telephones to access interactive technology and gauge its use.

“Pervasive technology that is available to everyone, everywhere and at all times promises to be the next big leap in mobile computing technology,” said Dr Eamonn O’Neill from the University of Bath’s Computer Science department.

One reason why Bath was chosen to road-test the new technology was that, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it attracts millions of visitors each year, who may one day be using the type of technology being tested.

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