Use Wi-Fi with proper security measures, advises scientist

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 00:43

Ahmedabad: Vic Hayes, considered the
father of Wi-Fi technology, today cautioned against use of the
wireless technology without adequate security measures.

"Internet is an open network, anybody can peep inside
and look at what others are doing. It is not at all secure,"
he said.

Hayes, a Senior Research Fellow at Delft University of
Technology, The Netherlands, was here to deliver a lecture on
`The genesis of Wi-Fi and some applications` at a function
organised by Netherlands Business Support Office (NBSO).

"One has to take precautions while using Internet,
especially Wi-Fi technology, which should not be installed
without proper security."

He emphasised on the need for alliance between the
information technology firm for sharing spectrum that enables
use of Wi-Fi technology, which allows users to log on to the
Internet without wire connections and in a remote manner.

Hayes maintained that many of the social and economic
benefits of the Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) technology needed to
be exploited for human development. The noted scientist more
innovative ways to use the technology should be developed.

He said the Indian government should make easier
policy regulation for spectrum allocation.

Hayes co-established and chaired the IEEE 802.11
Standards Working Group (WG) for Wireless Local Area Networks
and became known as the "Father of Wi-Fi".

After retiring in 2003, Hayes is now writing a book
titled `The Genesis of Wi-Fi and the Road Toward Global

"We plan to get the book published by June which marks
the 25 years of our journey in developing the technology,"
Hayes said.


First Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 00:43

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