Padcom Inc. has developed a point-to-multipoint, transparent wireless data transfer system that the company says can overcome technical incompatibilities in wireless data systems and establish pathways between any remote device and land-based wireline networks.

“Transparent technology is a major breakthrough for the wireless data industry because it allows companies to deploy existing or new applications across wireless networks as easily as they would over wireline networks,” said David Whitmore, Padcom founder and president.

The Bethlehem, Pa.-based company develops, markets and supports wireless communication systems to transmit data. Padcom’s new RemoteData system allows users to transmit wireless data over radio frequencies-conventional or trunked-in an integrated, point-to-multipoint network.

RemoteData provides independence from the data transmission protocols of individual vendors and creates what the company says is the industry’s first one-system wireless communications environment.

Traditionally, the wireless data industry has lacked a method to transcend incompatibilities and transmit data without handling and embedding all the complexity in an end-to-end solution, the company said. RemoteData is designed to address that problem.

A central component of the RemoteData System is Padcom’s intelligent Remote Network Control Processor, which is positioned between a company’s host network and the radio infrastructure. The processor contains interfaces that enable the point-to-multipoint transmission over existing voice networks.

Transparency is possible by wrapping a Padcom protocol around a data transaction. The protocol, which is not embedded in the application itself, manages the interface and transmission over the wireless network. It also verifies the transmission.

The transparency application eliminates the need for special software development and allows companies to quickly design their own applications, the company said.

“A key advantage we offer to companies experimenting with wireless data is that with RemoteData, they can test it at minimal cost. Prospective users don’t have to conform their host system or application to complex radio protocols,” Whitmore said.

RemoteData’s host network transparency uses industry-standard network interface technology to connect the Remote Network Control Processor and the wireless network into a company’s host network. The processor is viewed by the host network as another wireline network node. It can be connected to multiple hosts or networks in a variety of protocols. The processor doesn’t have to be physically close to the ultimate host computer system. Dial-on technology can be used, as well as wireless point-to-point microwave systems, leased lines, local area networks and others. Data can be sent via radio systems, by satellite, through cellular, via Cellular Digital Packet Data or into a single wireless communications network.


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