Official IEEE 802.11 Working Group marketing communications and public relations with industry technical journals, editors, press, other industry media bodies, and government bodies should be addressed directly to Stephen McCann the WG Publicity Chair,  or by telephoning him on +44 (1794) 833341, who assists the WG Chair in these duties.

The 20th Annual Awards for Technical Excellence  

The 20th Annual Awards for Technical Excellence
By the Editors of PC Magazine

We are very pleased to announce that the IEEE 802.11 Working Group and the Wi-Fi Alliance have jointly been awarded the PC Magazine 2003 award for Technical Excellence in the Protocol section for the 802.11gTM amendment, on Monday night at the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, NV ceremony. Stuart J. Kerry (IEEE 802.11 Chair) and Frank Hanzlik (Managing Director of Wi-Fi Alliance) were present to accept the award on behalf of our members. The other two finalist in our category were Serial ATA and WS-I Basic Profile.

We were in very good company during this ceremony, as other awards were presented for "Person of the Year" - Carly Fiorina (HP) and "Lifetime Achievement" - Scott Cook (Intuit) amongst others.

Winner: IEEE 802.11 Working Group and the Wi-Fi Alliance

"The IEEE's 802.11g standard defines the way wireless LAN gear communicates at up to 54 megabits per second while remaining backward-compatible with 11-Mbps 802.11b. This important breakthrough enables streaming media, video downloads, and a greater concentration of users without interference. In addition to technical hurdles, the standards group had to overcome commercial rivalries and FCC rule changes to enact the standard."



October/November 2001 IssueContext Magazine stated: "Over the last three years, Context has singled out organizations and companies that are making real changes both internally and externally and taking note of their accomplishments with the annual Killer Apps Awards. We are pleased to announce the winners for 2001. Our thanks go out to all the Context readers who voted in our recent Killer App poll.

IEEE 802.11b Working Group

In geek speak, the IEEE 802.11b standard is the family of specifications created by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. for wireless, Ethernet local area networks in 2.4 gigahertz bandwidth space. The rest of us English-language users should think of IEEE 802.11b as a way to connect our computers and other gadgets to each other and to the Internet at very high speed without any cumbersome wiring--or a significant price tag. Providing as much wireless speed as it does at its modest price promises to have profound implications for a world bent of anytime/anywhere communication.

Instant Messaging

Instant messaging, our other winner in the start-up category, is even further along than IEEE 802.11b in becoming a crucial tool for both personal and business communication. For that, plaudits go to ICQ, Inc, which pioneered instant messaging in 1996".

Network Standards
Winner: IEEE 802.11 High Rate Standard and the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance

Wireless LANs have been with us for a decade now, but fast wireless LAN equipment from one company actually communicating with wireless equipment from another is something new. With wireless networks finding wider acceptance in corporations, small offices, and homes, the need for greater compatibility is obvious. That's why the new IEEE 802.11 High Rate Direct Sequence specification is such a significant development in the maturation of wireless technology. This new standard provides the technical guidance for developing wireless networks that use the 2.4-GHz radio band and run at 11 megabits per second.

A critical contributor to this effort is the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA), a new industry organization dedicated to certifying products for interoperability and promoting issues such as security that are important to wireless network developers, manufacturers, and users. Together, the IEEE 802.11 High Rate standard and WECA create an excellent technical basis for a new era of wireless computing and Internet connectivity.

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