Toshiba and W & P Internet Associates Proliferate the Convenience of Wireless Internet Access to the Mobile Public
East Longmeadow, MA, October 31 2003-¨C Making it easier to stay connected, W & P Internet Associates today announced that they will begin to deploy the Wireless Broadband Hotspot solution from Toshiba's Computer Systems Group (CSG) in the western Massachusetts area. Known as "hotspots," the wireless broadband solution expands the convenience of wireless Internet access to customers patronizing western Massachusetts businesses, such as hotels, restaurants and coffee shops.
Designed for use at popular public locations, Toshiba's unrivaled hotspot solution allows customers with Wi-Fi enabled notebooks, tablet PCs or PDAs to connect with local Internet access points ¨C or "hotspots" ¨C to maintain business or personal productivity while on the go. Toshiba and W & P Internet Associates offer western Massachusetts business owners a turn-key solution to address the wireless connectivity demands of mobile-hungry customers.
"Business owners want to offer the most convenient services to their patrons and we discovered an unfulfilled niche in western Massachusetts," says Wayne Ball, co-founder of W & P Internet Associates.
The Toshiba Wireless Broadband Hotspot solution makes it convenient for people who are traveling, or just moving around town, to quickly and effortlessly access email, surf the Web, watch streaming video or download multimedia presentations. With its low cost of entry, the Toshiba wireless offering provides location owners with an affordable way to drive traffic to their business by appealing to the growing number of mobile workers.
"Wireless connectivity in public venues enables new ways to conduct business," said Oscar Koenders, vice president of product marketing and worldwide product planning, Toshiba CSG. "We're committed to proliferating the number of access points across the country, and are pleased to be working with W & P Internet Associates to extend this easy-to-use technology to western Massachusetts business owners who can then offer an 'always-available' connection to their patrons."
About W & P Internet Associates
W & P Internet Associates was founded by Wayne Ball and Phil Magovern in the spring of 2003. They recognized a niche in western Massachusetts that could benefit from Toshiba's Wireless Broadband Hotspot solution.
Both Ball & Magovern work in the IT department of an area Fortune 200 Company and bring that technical experience to their new clients.
In addition to the Hotspot solution W&P also caters to small businesses and home-based businesses by providing services including website development and hosting as well as network and computer system sales and consulting. For more information visit their website at http://wpinternetassociates.com.
About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.
Toshiba Computer Systems Group is a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. ("TAIS"), a leading vendor for portable computers. In addition to notebooks, the company offers portable and wireless accessories, Pocket PCs, projectors and mobile server computing solutions for business customers under the Toshiba brand name. For more information call 1-800-TOSHIBA or visit the company's Web site at www.csd.toshiba.com.
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of multiple divisions that provide computer, communications and imaging products and services. Products include industry leading portable computers, PDAs, mobile computing accessories, servers, including communications and portable servers, storage subsystems, cable modems, digital business telephone systems, voice-mail, digital cameras, security systems, and projectors. TAIS provides sales, marketing, services and manufacturing for its wide range of information products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, which is a world leader in high technology and integrated manufacturing of electrical and electronic components, products and systems. Toshiba has global sales of over $40 billion and more than 300 subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide.