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January 14, 2008

Syracuse Professor Announces New Wireless Grids Software

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributing Editor

The 2008 CES (News - Alert) saw the debut of Innovaticus, the latest wireless software endeavor by Syracuse University School of Information Studies Associate Professor Lee McKnight’s young company, Wireless Grids Corp.

Several attendees at the 2008 show expressed interest in becoming customers, and are eager to be the first to adopt this technology. Thanks to the new software, people will be able to collaborate and share files and hardware with themselves or other people using a variety of devices across many different networks.

McKnight explained in a statement that one device will never be smart enough to do everything all by itself, but it can be smart enough to work with stuff that is already out there. He said that Innovaticus coordinates all available resources and allows them to be accessible from a single device.

In partnership with the Syracuse University School of Information Studies’ Wireless Grids Lab and Nokia (News - Alert), McKnight’s company is working on the software research and development, presenting early implementations of Innovaticus at research meetings at Syracuse and Stanford Universities, and at Nokia Research Center (Palo Alto). Many companies such as Intel Corp., France Telecom (News - Alert), and New Zealand Telecom have noticed their initial success.

This semester, the company will launch Innovaticus in the Arts Adventure Learning Community in SU’s student Boland Hall dorm. The company will also test out the new software in dorms at the University of West Indies in Trinidad.

Lehigh University and Moravian College in Pennsylvania have also expressed their interest in early adoption of Innovaticus.

McKnight emphasized that this software will change the way they communicate, the way their devices interact, and the way they interact with the digital world around them.


Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet, covering call centers, CRM and information technology. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

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