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03/12/2008

December Edition Of 'Wonder Of Wireless' Webcast Now Available

Wireless safety applications that can help prevent drunk-driving over the holidays, a wireless globe-trotter, a quick-thinking deer hunter, and a wireless entrepreneur who is working to bridge the digital divide in rural America are all featured segments in this month's 'Wonder of Wireless' (WOW) webcast, produced by CTIA-The Wireless Association.
The webcast is now available for viewing and includes several video segments that highlight a variety of wireless related topics involving the mobile enterprise, emergency rescues, significant public policy milestones and much more.
The 'Wireless at work' segment of the December WOW webcast features innovative wireless applications that are providing useful information on alcohol consumption and a convenient way to call for a safe ride home. Wireless technology is an important public safety tool, and it's becoming increasingly helpful to consumers and law enforcement over the holidays.
One of the applications is a service called #TAXI, which allows 160 million US wireless subscribers to use abbreviated dialing to summon a taxi in their calling area. The other initiative is a website optimised for wireless devices called B4UDrink.mobi, sponsored by the Century Council, which lets mobile users access the internet, input some basic information and learn about their estimated blood alcohol concentration level.
This month's webcast highlights a one-on-one 'Insider Interview' with Stelera Wireless CEO, Ed Evans, on the subject of rural wireless broadband. While many debate on how to bring broadband to rural America, Evans is doing that today on his company's wireless data networks. Using government loans to deliver wireless broadband to undeserved areas, Evans talks about the value of that service he initiated in Floresville, Texas.
A second 'Insider Interview' features former CBS Mobile executive, Cyriac Roeding, who recounts his recent global wireless tour. Wireless is having a profound social and economic impact around the world, as Roeding, who currently works for venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, saw for himself on his worldwide tour. Having travelled to numerous countries including India, Thailand and the continent of Africa, Roeding shares about his adventures, observations and fascinating images of how wireless technology is changing life on our planet.
The 'Wireless Lifesaver' story recounts a heroic deer hunter from Ohio who used his cell phone to help rescue a fellow hunter who severely injured himself with a knife while dressing a deer. And, the WOW 'Policy Point' provides a update on two important voluntary initiatives in the wireless industry - Wireless AMBER Alerts and Text2HELP.
Further information is available at: www.ctia.org.
(KMcA)
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