Feeds

Obama stimulus means windfall for Wi-Fi

Dare to think the unthought

The essential guide to IT transformation

Wireless kit providers will get an enormous boost from President Obama's economic stimulus package if they concentrate on healthcare, education and especially the homeland security market.

An ABI Research forecasts that the $6.8bn earmarked for wireless communications upgrades and new deployments during 2009 and 2010 will have an "enormous impact on Wi-Fi and wireless broadband vendors," with immediate benefits reaped from certain industries in particular.

Another key to stimulus money is to convince folks to put Wi-Fi on everything.

"The ARRA [American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill] represents a windfall for wireless service providers as well as for satellite service providers," ABI vice president Stan Schatt in a statement. "It will have an enormous impact on Wi-Fi and wireless broadband vendors."

The healthcare biz will be itching to add or improve Wi-Fi-enabled mobile devices, sensors, and communications systems that will link health networks with the stimulus money, the report claims.

Meanwhile, the education market will want "learning anywhere" equipment that requires purchasing VoIP and WLAN equipment and software to track students' progress for No Child Left Behind record keeping.

But the real money is in selling wireless equipment to the Department of Homeland Security and US Customs and Border Protection, the report asserts. The agencies represent a "potential goldmine" to kit providers, as the government itself will be taking a generous portion of the stimulus money for tactical communications equipment, infrastructure equipment, and security equipment. "Even critical infrastructure construction projects such as bridges and tunnels often require wireless video surveillance systems," ABI states.

The secret for wireless vendors getting a sweet piece of the package is to look "under the surface," and pushing customers to apply for Wi-Fi funds even in unlikely projects.

"A civil engineering project which seems mainly about concrete and steel may actually benefit from a lot of wireless technology," ABI said. "And because vendors can't apply for funds themselves, they are - and should be - doing everything in their power to help their customers do so."

This reporter just noticed his coffee mug is disgracefully lacking 802.11. Where do I sign up? ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'
Games disrupted as firm struggles to control network
BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes
Poor punters won't be affected, telecoms giant claims
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
EE: STILL Blighty's best mobe network, says 'Frappucino' Moore
Fresh round of network stats fisticuffs possibly on the cards here
US TV stations bowl sueball directly at FCC's spectrum mega-sale
Broadcasters upset about coverage and cost as they shift up and down the dials
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?