Monday, August 22, 2005

Cisco and Intel Collaborate on Wireless Security

Intel and Cisco Systemsintroduced a jointly developed "Business Class Wireless Suite" designed for companies using Cisco's Unified Wireless Architecture and Intel Centrino mobile technology. The Suite includes:

  • Optimal access point (AP) selection technology to enable Intel Centrino mobile technology-based clients to scan for the best AP for faster, more reliable and efficient roaming within a business wireless LAN.

  • Enhanced VoIP QoS to improve the audio clarity and enable reliable voice communications for laptops.

The capabilities will be available from Cisco and Intel in the first quarter of 2006.

In addition, Intel agreed to join the Network Admission Control (NAC) program, an industry effort led by Cisco to help customers identify, prevent, and adapt to security threats, and Cisco will join the Intel Active Management Technology (AMT) program, which is part of Intel's Digital Office initiative.

The companies said customers should expect Cisco NAC and Intel AMT to be compatible in the fourth quarter of this year.

"Our expanded strategic alliance with Intel on security and wireless demonstrates our commitment to deliver unified solutions that drive higher levels of usability, performance and security for our customers," said Charles Giancarlo, chief development officer at Cisco Systems.

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