Changing work and play - Networks in New Places

Networks are going into new places in new ways. Organizations are bringing dormant environments to life by leveraging wireless mesh networks and advanced radio-frequency identification (RFID).

Not constrained by physical infrastructure, these networks enable new forms of machine-to-machine communication that automatically monitor, adjust and control systems at significantly reduced costs, states the report.

The technology is helping oil refineries monitor equipment and employees in remote and hazardous locations. It's also allowing buses to become mobile Internet cafes. San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge has approximately 200 wireless sensors monitoring its structural integrity.