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Often the trends in homes and businesses translates to the yachting marine market that we work in. For example I’ve seen a bit of a trend towards wanting Network Storage Devices (hard drives) that can be left on – on a yachts’ internal network – while other PC Computers and Laptops can be turned off. These hard drives allow also security with special sections for different users (e.g. Stewardess, Captain, Owner, Engineer) that are password protected, as well as a general Public section that everyone onboard can access. Wireless phones and PDA’s have been popular – many with WiFi that can get onto the onboard network on a yacht. The usual gamut of Microsoft Windows Laptops and Apple Macintosh Laptops are always found on yachts as well – with File Sharing and Printer Sharing being important requirements for many vessels. A lot of Television / Audio Visual stuff these days have network capabilities and often connect with CAT 5/Ethernet and sometimes Fiber Optic cables. Navigation equipment does the same – Navigation software often allows networking – Nobeltec Radar Systems have been seen that use IP Networking, Ethernet, and connect with Network Switch/Hubs and Wireless Networks.
So a lot of things already are demanding as far as required network options yachts in the marine market (and knowledge on the part of those installing and maintaining them.) And this trend will no doubt continue with the newer audio and video technologies happening these days. New devices like Ipods and MP3 Players, High Definition Video, and Higher Bandwidth Internet – with all that comes along with that. So off to the actual article……….
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Source: US Telecom Daily Lead (email bulletin)
The ability to network home and mobile electronic devices such as digital cameras, digital picture frames and mobile phones will be the next big wave in consumer electronics, according to a new study from Parks Associates. The study, the full findings of which will be released in January, shows that half of U.S. homes with broadband capabilities would like a digital camera that can network with other devices and 40% want digital photo frames with networking options. InformationWeek (12/30)
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