UPS wireless LAN announcement

ThinkMobile: "UPS plans to eventually transmit data to 15,000 access points in 1,700 hubs." The company claims this is the largest wireless LAN deployment ever… though by the time it’s completed in 2004, who knows? Interesting that UPS is using both WiFi and Bluetooth. Contrary to popular belief, these aren’t competing technologies. Bluetooth is great when what you want to do is replace wires (which is what UPS is using it for). WiFi can’t touch its low power consumption and ad hoc peer-to-peer proximity connectivity. But WiFi is the technology of choice for high-bandwidth local-area (vs. personal-area) communications. Thankfully, both technologies are unlicensed, and are getting cheaper by the month.