Death of the out of office assistant

Moss, Helen
June 2005
Management Services;Summer2005, Vol. 49 Issue 2, p33
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the use of wireless communication systems by travelers. Aircraft manufacturers are rapidly developing in-flight Internet provision -- Boeing has launched Connexion, in-flight wireless Internet access. All passengers need is a LAN-enabled laptop or mobile device to surf the web. British rail operators are also getting in on the act with WiFi coverage in stations up and down the country and with on-board Internet access offered by the larger operators. In the U.S., train operator Amtrak has launched a WiFi hotspot service in train stations for its northeastern corridor. Moreover, personal digital assistants and smartphones are becoming invaluable to roaming business travellers. Easy-to-use, small and convenient, these mobile devices are the ideal tool for travellers who are trying to keep luggage weight down and do not want to lug a laptop around. INSETS: Tungsten T5;PalmOne Zire 72;BlackBerry 7290 wireless handheld;Nokia 6600 mobile phone


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