IBM is installing wireless LANs in more than 600 Boys and Girls Clubs of America facilities across the U.S., one of its largest deployments of the 802.11b wireless networking technology so far. Instead of stringing wires in the clubhouses, many of which only had one computer for Internet access or none at all, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America decided to go wireless, says Pal Normark, client manager at IBM. "To hardwire a lot of these facilities would be a tremendous cost, so the wireless capability fit their need nicely," he says.
Friday, June 20, 2003
PCWorld.com - IBM Puts Wi-Fi in Kids' Clubs
Posted By Allen at 3:43 PM
PCWorld.com has a story discussing an initiative by the Boys and Girls club of America to put WiFi in all of their clubs. The interesting part of this story is that they are doing this to facilitate desktop computer use. This is one of the first articles I've seen talking about the benefits of WiFi for computers that don't move around. Of course the benefits are easy to see when you think about it. With WiFi you don't need to run cables all over your building. You can have all of your computers up and running in a single day, as opposed to the several days it would take to run cables and get things set up. Here is a quote from the story: