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May 2011

UK wireless technology trends: Enterprise tablets take hold

Until recently, the term enterprise wireless was synonymous with Wi-Fi and wireless LAN, but that's no longer the case. Current UK wireless technology trends entail enterprise tablet adoption, as well as the emergence of Near Field Communication (NFC) and machine-to-machine communication in the business setting. SearchNetworkingUK sat down with IMS Research analysts Don Tait, Gerry Xu, Filomena Berardi and Bill Morelli to see how UK wireless technology trends are changing, and how these shifts will affect the way UK enterprises do business. What applications do you predict will drive Near Field Communication (NFC) adoption in the enterprise? Don Tait: 2011 finally looks like the year that NFC will take off. I see NFC adoption happening more in the consumer space initially, but there are applications in the medical sector and for access control, as with a recent trial at the London O2. The applications likely to drive NFC adoption include payments (especially micro) and ticketing. NFC will happen more quickly where the ...

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