NYNEX CONTACT: Media Relations,
CDPD Allows New Yorkers to Send Data "Packets"
Directly Over Cellular Network
ORANGEBURG, NY -- BELL ATLANTIC
NYNEX Mobile (BANM) today introduced in New York City its
new mobile data service that is revolutionizing business communications.
BELL ATLANTIC NYNEX Mobile AirBridge(SM) Packet
service is the first Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD) system
available for commercial use in New York City.
"Whether it results in a taxi company equipping its cabs
with credit card devices, or a commuter checking for e-mail messages
on the way into Grand Central Station, CDPD is a suitable mode
of data communication," said Rick Conrad, BELL ATLANTIC
NYNEX Mobile President-New York metro region. "With
CDPD, our customers have a variety of cellular services that let
them communicate as they prefer -- by voice, facsimile, e-mail,
and now the leading edge packet data service. Cellular is the
one platform that can already support all these services."
BELL ATLANTIC NYNEX Mobile is making the service
available across all of Manhattan. Coverage in the New York area
is also available in parts of Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester, Rockland
and Northern New Jersey. The company is continuing to build coverage
in the remaining New York City boroughs and on Long Island.
CDPD is a technology that efficiently transmits short bursts
or "packets" of data over the cellular infrastructure.
Its completely open and widely supported standard offers inherent
encryption to protect the user's data, and its specification is
based on the widely used Internet protocol (TCP/IP) for ease of
implementation by customers.
CDPD enables a wide variety of applications in healthcare, field
service, finance, alarm service and other fields. For example,
CDPD today can allow a taxicab company in New York to equip its
vehicles with devices designed to accept credit card "swipes."
This type of wireless credit card transaction allows the authorization
process to be completed in as little as four seconds and costs
just a few pennies. The fare is charged automatically, eliminating
the need to pay with cash.
In the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tri-state area, Groton,
CT, and Bridgewater, NJ, police use CDPD to connect their cruisers
to a variety of law enforcement databases. This week, New Jersey-based
Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) announced plans to
equip 750 field service technicians with CDPD-enabled computers
to serve its customers more efficiently.
"CDPD technology lets us augment our existing, highly developed
wireless network so we can give service to customers quickly and
economically," said Conrad.
New York City's mobile workers can now regain much of the productivity
they lose while away from their desks by using CDPD to send and
receive e-mail with portable computers or personal digital assistants.
Public and private service providers can use CDPD to monitor
and control devices such as traffic lights, meters, alarm systems,
or vending machines.
"The New York metro area contains the greatest concentration
of business in the country, and those businesses need the productivity
gains wireless data can provide. Our AirBridge services fill
those customers' needs," said Conrad.
The new AirBridge Packet (CDPD) service joins the other wireless
data services presently offered by BELL ATLANTIC NYNEX
Mobile: AirBridge Fax, AirBridge Circuit-switched Solutions, and
In April 1994, Bell Atlantic Mobile launched the nation's
first large scale CDPD data networks, in Washington, Baltimore,
and Pittsburgh. Since then, service has been introduced in Connecticut,
New Jersey, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Charlotte. Commercial service
is planned for Boston by year end. BELL ATLANTIC NYNEX
Mobile is also a founding member of the CDPD Forum, Inc., a trade
association dedicated to improving and promoting the technology
and furthering a nationwide system of interconnected networks.
With more than three million customers, BELL ATLANTIC
NYNEX Mobile is the largest wireless service provider on
the East Coast and the second largest provider in the United States.
Headquartered in Bedminster, N.J., the company offers a full
range of wireless voice, data and paging communications solutions
to customers in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast and, through
a separate subsidiary, in the Southwest. Formed in July 1995
through a combination of Bell Atlantic Mobile's and NYNEX
Mobile's cellular operations, the company has more than 5,000
employees. The company's NY/NJ metro region is based in Orangeburg,
NY, and employs more than 600 area residents.
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