November 5, 2003
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12, 2003. San Francisco, CA. Hosted by iPass.
Chair: Peter Rysavy, Rysavy Research.
Information for Presenters
have gained a lot of attention, particularly as the number of hotspots
has increased dramatically, and WLAN technology has become prevalent.
The debates of whether hotspots are complementary or competitive with
3G cellular go on, as does the nature of an effective business model,
but nobody can deny that hotspots are becoming an important part of the
This goal of this meeting is to examine the latest technical developments
affecting hotspots, including standards, interoperability and interaction
with cellular data networks. This will include an overview of smart client
connectivity methods, wireless security considerations including the use
of VPNs and the application of IEEE 802.1X to public networks and cellular
based authentication methods such as SIM.
in this area include:
- Voice over WLAN. (e.g., Toshiba just announced new
Pocket PC devices with support for VoIP over WLAN)
- The Oct 20 release by the WLAN Smart Card
Consortium of the WLAN-SIM 1.0 specification.
- Microsoft's announcement on Oct 12 of it's Wireless
Provisioning Services to facilitate hotspot access using Windows
- Efforts by 3GPP and the GSM Association WLAN Task Force
in this area.
- Improved software clients that integrate hotspot location
directories and automated logon.
- The promise of using EAP-SIM (also PEAP-SIM, AKA-SIM),
with 802.1X and RADIUS for a standards-based approach that offers comprehensive
security, roaming, integration with cellular networks and an instant-on
- Multiple SIM options including USB devices, smart cards,
Bluetooth/IR connections to cell phones and virtual SIMs.
- Recent projections by Pyramid Research of 45,000
hotspots globally by the end of this year.
At this meeting, we also plan to analyze something we are calling service
continuity, which refers to how wireless devices should behave when network
coverage is marginal, or in the presence of multiple networks. For example,
should a multi-mode device always try to acquire a WLAN connection when
both a WLAN and cellular data connection are available? Under what conditions
should it move from one WLAN network to a different one? It could get
expensive at an airport to automatically purchase multiple 24 hour blocks
of service from different operators. For a cellular data connection, if
coverage is weak from one operator, should the device connect to another
operator? The PCCA is considering the development of profiles that define
exactly how devices operate in these conditions. Vendors could then design
to these profiles, and applications could specify which profiles to use.
time: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The preliminary agenda is as follows.
- Organization update and future meetings
- Host Presentation: Joan Fazio, IPass
- Presentation: "SIM-based authentication", Timo Jokiaho,
- Presentation: "EAP-SIM Interoperability Testing and
Inter-operator Roaming Trials", Paul Reddy, Intel
- Presentation: "Smart Client Interaction with PWLAN
Networks", Roy Albert, iPass
- Presentation: "Practical Approach for Deploying SIM-based
Authentication Over 802.1x", Joe Fried, Flash Networks
- Presentation: "Microsoft Wireless Provisioning Services"
- Presentation: "Global Hotspot Directory",
Kevin McKenzie, JIWIRE
- Presentation: "Service Continuity: Categorization,
Needs and Approaches", Jan Forslow, IP Unplugged
- Discussion and analysis
- Development of conclusions, recommendations and action
meeting will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel by the San Francisco International
Hotel San Francisco Airport
835 Airport Blvd.
Reservations under "PCCA"
Room rate $129 (non-smoking)
DoubleTree has a Complimentary Shuttle to and from San Francisco International
Airport every 15 minutes.
registration deadline is one week prior to the meeting.
you are interested in attending this meeting, please register by sending
include your name, company name, e-mail address and phone number and indicate
whether you are attending the workshop, meeting or both.
are intended primarily for PCCA members. However, non-member organizations
that have not attended a prior PCCA meeting, interested in the topic and
wishing to learn about the PCCA, may attend on an introductory basis for
a fee of $375 per person. This fee can be applied towards membership.
For others, please contact us for alternative arrangements.
following information is for people presenting at this PCCA meeting:
are typically 30 minutes to 45 minutes long unless arranged otherwise.
is a technical audience, so please make the presentations technical.
should be on industry issues and proposed solutions versus selling your
- There is usually a 5 to 15 minute discussion following
- We will provide an LCD projector.
- The audience is technical, consisting mostly of engineering
and program managers.
- Generally, 30 to 50 people attend each meeting, representing
a broad spectrum of
the wireless industry, including carriers, infrastructure vendors, device
software vendors and computer vendors.
- If you are presenting a technical contribution, please provide hard
copy for attendees. We will advise you on the number.
- We request a copy of your presentation (PDF or PPT) before the meeting
so that we
can post it in the members area of the PCCA web page.