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FCC approves Vivato's antennas: Vivato received a splash of attention a few weeks ago with the demonstration of their phased-array antenna, a device which can essentially create individual focused beams of Wi-Fi access that follow devices as they roam. Their technique apparently offers a cost-effective way to light up entire buildings and offer long-haul wireless service.
The one holdup was receiving FCC approval because no devices quite like theirs have been approved for Part 15 unlicensed use. This clears that hurdle, and Vivato has said before that they hoped to have devices in production in the first quarter of 2003.
Vivato could have a disruptive and positive influence on the hot spot market, reducing the cost of setting up larger facilities, like airports or hotels, from millions to tens of thousands of dollars. Additionally, by reducing the overhead in managing a corporate wireless LAN through fewer devices with better coverage, they could hasten the expansion of WLAN deployment.