Last week, we had the Systems convention here in Munich. Well, it wasn't as busy as the last years. One reason why some exhibitors was missed was some companies aren't allow there staff right now to use any airplanes, like Toshiba where it is forbidden for everybody to take a flight right now.
The other reason is the conjuncture, the .COMs aren't exists anymore or haven't the money for exhibitions and also companies like Siemens or O2 have to save money. However, a lot of other companies was presented for sure.
One of them was Anycom (the manufacture of the Bluetooth Anycom cards) and they had an interesting trial running in one hall: Hall B4 was
fully covered with Bluetooth and every visitor could borrow Bluetooth equipped hardware to access the net. Fantastic show case what Bluetooth is able to provide right today.
However, there was one problem: Since the whole hall was covered it was likely impractical to access the own Bluetooth equipment as happened a friend of mine:
|A booth, fully equipped
with Bluetooth antennas!
Bluetooth identifies itself with BD addresses, a kind of unique MAC addresses as used for W-LAN. To access your mobile phone from your Pocket PC for example, you have to select the right BD address in the Bluetooth configuration program. Can you imagine
what's happen if there are more than 30 Bluetooth access points? Yes, you have a list of 31 BD addresses and you don't know anymore which one is your mobile phone... ;-)
Okay, you can give your Bluetooth equipment a unique name but this isn't required and therefore my friend didn't find his mobile phone! :-> He had to leave the hall, out of the Bluetooth range, to find his mobile phone again...
He, he, he... This is a bug from my point of view and I'm sure that a lot of people will not give their devices a unique name! This will be funny next year if we have a Bluetooth penetration and everybody within the airline lounges is searching his
Cheers ~ Arne