First Access Joins Bluetooth Alliance

HANOVER, GERMANY (02/22/2000) - First Access Ltd., an Israeli developer of a mobile log-on authorization system, has joined the Bluetooth special interest group, an industrywide association developing a wireless protocol for connecting computers and related devices together.

As a result, said First Access in a statement, its wireless authentication technology will be incorporated into the Bluetooth core. It expects to produce its first Bluetooth-enabled product in prototype form in 2001.

The company's VicinID system automatically logs a user into a computer as they approach and does the reverse as they move away. The user's location is known thanks to a wireless smart card that can be worn as a badge or carried by workers. The system is designed to prevent unauthorized internal access to corporate networks.

In other Bluetooth news from CeBIT, Extended Systems Inc. said 3Com Corp. has licensed its short-range wireless technology for use in its Palm Inc. devices.

Extended Systems said in a statement its embedded protocol stack, which manages the sending and reception of data according to the Bluetooth specification, has been ported to the Palm operating system.

Led by 3Com Corp., L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co., Intel Corp., IBM Corp., Lucent Technologies Inc., Microsoft Corp., Motorola Inc., Nokia Corp. and Toshiba Corp., the Bluetooth special interest group is developing and promoting a new protocol for linking devices such as telephones, computers and palmtop devices together via radio. Total membership is some 1,400 companies.

First Access can be reached at +1-732-748-8500 in Somerset, New Jersey, or at Extended Systems is at +1-208-322-7575 in Boise, Idaho, or

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