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January 18, 2002
New Q-Zone Subscription Service Rings In Courtesy System Options
(CHARLOTTE, NC) --- Soon large enterprises will have an affordable solution to
the problem of mobile phone disturbances. BlueLinx, Inc., announces that
its Q-Zone cell phone courtesy system will be available through a monthly
Q-Zone is a location-based courtesy system that allows public venues to prevent
interruptions from mobile phones and other wireless electronic devices. This
patent-pending system creates quiet zones in hotels, theaters, and meeting
facilities by automatically lowering ring volumes while users are inside the
zone. When users leave the zone, alert systems return to normal settings.
Q-Zone is based on Bluetooth wireless technology.
Venue operators are looking for methods to control
disruptions, but the initial costs can be an issue for larger enterprises with
multiple sites, said Mary Beth Griffin, BlueLinx executive vice president.
By adding a subscription-based service, Q-Zone becomes an attractive solution
for both large and small-scale enterprises.
The subscription service will make use of existing cellular networks and be
administered by carriers. This structure allows providers to activate or
deactivate the system remotely lowering maintenance costs
By utilizing the existing cellular networks, we can provide our customers
with an affordable solution to a recognized problem, said Griffin.
The new product has the added benefit of creating an entirely new market
segment for wireless carriers as well as introducing a profitable application
for them based on Bluetooth.
Company officials expect the system to be fully operational within six months of
widespread Bluetooth mobile phone offerings. Pricing will be based on the
number of Q-Zone nodes installed.
Bluetooth wireless technology is set to revolutionize the personal connectivity
market by providing freedom from wired connections. It is a specification for a
small form-factor, low-cost radio solution providing links between mobile
computers, mobile phones and other portable and handheld devices, and
connectivity to the Internet. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG),
comprised of leaders in the telecommunications, computing, and network
industries, is driving development of the technology and bringing it to market.
The Bluetooth SIG includes promoter companies 3Com, Ericsson, IBM, Intel,
Lucent, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Toshiba, and more than 2400 adopter
companies. For more information on Bluetooth, visit the official web site at www.Bluetooth.com.
BlueLinx Inc., is a wireless innovations company based in Charlotte, N.C.
BlueLinx develops, markets, and delivers solutions for the wireless industry.
For more information about BlueLinxs services, call 704/ 341-3323 or visit www.bluelinx.com.
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