May 30, 2003

3Com and Fiat introduce wireless internet access

Madrid, Spain – 3Com and Fiat have announced a new wireless networking technology enabling passengers to connect with high-speed access to the Internet offered by service stations, car parks or urban environments equipped with wireless ‘hot-spots.’

The Wi-Fi system installed in the Lancia Phedra, first seen at Diva 2003, offers broadband Internet access via the vehicle’s multimedia system, with the same level of functionality as provided in the office or home. The 3Com advanced Wi-Fi connectivity solution is augmented by AWAutoPC with a wireless keyboard, developed by AWA, a partner of 3Com.

“3Com’s affordable and easy-to-use Wi-Fi innovations are opening up new wireless frontiers such as shopping on the Internet, checking the stock market or participating in a videoconference from the backseat of a car,” said Marcelo Peuriot, country manager, 3Com Iberia. “The proliferation of new wireless hotspots, coupled with new initiatives by garages and service
stations, creates an exciting market for offering interactive services and content delivery to users while on the move.”

Wi-Fi technology is not only used to connect the vehicle to wireless stations or hotspots but also to create a wireless LAN inside the car so passengers can connect to the Internet or exchange files and gain access to different applications such as wireless video security, traffic information or roadmaps.

“The automobile industry is one of the first markets introducing these new technologies with the aim of making the passenger experience more comfortable and enjoyable,” said Claudio San Pedro, country manager, Fiat Auto Espa

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