Alan Mather and WiFi
Alan Mather of the Office of the E-Envoy has been blogging government for a year now and does a good job of it. His posts provide some nice insights into the internal happenings of egovernment in the UK.
Several days ago, Alan blogged about WiFi in government. I hope he comes to the conclusion that if government wants to implement WiFi as an enterprise tool - which is the way I would like it implemented in Utah, security is critical - and you have to go FAR beyond WEP. Security has slowed down our WiFi project significantly, but we are closing in on an enterprise solution. Testing will begin on Monday. I'm not going to go into the details of our secure solution, but there are some great resources available, including the Unofficial 802.11 Security Web Page. Alan was also wondering why people in government are not using it. I think they are - we already have over 100 hotspots on our network and will roll out many more once the enterprise security solution is in place. You don't want to have a system where you have to administer security individually at the access point level. And you want to be able to ensure reliability, especially as we start making the service available at out-of-building hotspots in more rural areas.
What about public WiFi? Should government support the idea that has recently surfaced of a wireless commons. King County (Washington) is now making wireless available at their libraries. That would be nice, to walk into the library with your laptop. Some more great ideas from King County libraries: you can check out an audio book, complete with MP3 player and you can reserve time on a library PC online - I've noticed those are always busy at our local libraries so it would be nice to make reservations in advance if you are a user of that service.
I've also been looking at some interesting stuff on mesh networks to determine how and if we should apply the concepts in our WWAN and RF mobile data environments.