Centrino tipped to lead mobile computing momentum

Lifestyle and pervasive computing are tipped to lead the emerging technologies in 2003 and in turn drive an increase in mobile computing options among businesses.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  April 7, 2003

Lifestyle and pervasive computing are tipped to lead the emerging technologies in 2003 and in turn drive an increase in mobile computing options among businesses. Meta Group suggests that by 2005, 95% of new corporate notebooks will have built-in wireless capabilities, with Intel’s Centrino platform set to drive this momentum.

“Most corporate laptops will move toward Centrino platform during the next year,” says Steve Kleynhans, vice president & end user platform specialist, infrastructure strategies, Meta Group.

“In addition, teleworking and other forms of mobile computing will become increasingly common and will segue into business advances over the next five years, affecting PDAs, phones, lifestyle devices, ADSL and wireless networks, and other business applications – everything from mail and calendar synchronisation to links in the back end business systems. These trends will have a large impact on an organisation’s security because mobility poses unique concerns and challenges,” he continues.

However, Meta Group also advises enterprises to plan carefully for their mobile computing or wireless environments. The research group recommends that enterprises establish comprehensive policies to minimise security risks, infrastructure complexity and cost.

“We estimate only one third of large enterprises have a comprehensive policy, clearly documenting the approach to wireless adoption,” says Chris Kozup, senior research analyst, infrastructure strategies, Meta Group.

“The Intel Centrino announcement highlights the criticality of protecting corporate resources against the high security risks associated with broad-scale introduction of Wi-Fi into the enterprise,” he adds.

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