Announcing the Thirteenth Annual
Fall Joint Meeting
Miami Valley Computing Societies
Thursday, September 27, 2001
at the David H. Ponitz Center,
Sinclair Community College

Wireless Technology
Wireless LAN Hotspots

Over $200 in door prizes awarded

Participating Societies
About the Speaker
Dinner Reservation Form
Society Showcase
Joint Meeting Committee
Map to Sinclair Ponitz Center

Hotspots: How hot are they?
How common are hotspots today?
How will hotspot providers charge for services?
How much is usage expected to cost?

There is a virtual explosion in high-speed wireless connectivity to the Internet. Yes, wired broadband access has been readily available at home and office but convenient, affordable broadband access was difficult to find when traveling. One alternative, broadband wireless data access via mobile phone has proved difficult because of the crowded frequency spectrum. As a result, wireless ISPs (Internet Service Providers) are focusing on wireless LAN technologies to cover wireless "hotspot" locations. These are public areas where people generally need to check email, browse the web, and connect to company information systems using laptops or PDAs. Convenient, affordable access to the net is crucial and wireless LAN hotspots provide that access for those on the go.

In this presentation, Jim Geier, author of Wireless LANs, 2nd edition, will explain those benefits of wireless LAN hotspots that help us get and stay connected. Jim's examples will include a discussion of the public wireless LANs implemented at Starbucks. He will overview underlying technologies, issues and standards. [Standards that are basis for the public wireless LANs include IEEE 802.11b, which delivers 11 Mbps data rates with enough throughput to effectively interface end users to broadband DSL and Cable Modem connections.] Much like the mobile phone industry, public wireless LAN ISPs must work together so that end users may roam among wireless hotspots operated by different ISPs. Jim will explain how forthcoming standards and solutions will enable this seamless roaming to occur and detail the opportunities for end user access.

Participating Societies

The Association for Computing Machinery, an international education and scientific society of more than 80,000 computer specialists, is dedicated to development of information processing as a discipline, and to the responsible use of computers in an diversity of applications. The Dayton Chapter holds periodic dinner meetings. TJ Cope, 865-7761;

The Dayton Chapter of Association of Information Technology Professionals (formerly DPMA), is a non-profit organization interested in educating, promoting, and the professional certification, of its members. We also award scholarships to students engaged in IT/MIS curriculums. Contact Jim Styker,

Since 1937, the Association for Information Science and Technology has been interested in improving the ways society stores, retrieves, analyzes, manages, archives and disseminates information, coming together for mutual benefit. Members come from such fields as computer science, linguistics, management, librarianship, engineering, law, medicine, chemistry, and education. The Southern Ohio chapter meets monthly except during Summer months. Contact: Patricia J. Carter, (937) 865-6800 x6099;;

ASQ/ASQ Software
The Association of Quality is a society of professionals engaged in the management, engineering, and scientific aspects of quality and reliability. The Software Quality Committee of the ASQ provides a forum for discussing software quality issues and promoting the use of software quality technology, tools, and techniques. The Dayton ASQ meets monthly from September through May. Contact: Sandy Feola, 439-0163

Black Data Processing Associates is made up of entrepreneurs, managers, employees and others involved in the Information Technology industry. BDPA's objectives are to accumulate a pool of information technology knowledge and business experience with the intention of utilizing these resources to strengthen the expertise of minority members of the information technology community and to broaden or expose information technology knowledge to the minority community as a whole. Contact: Charles Crawford III, 854-2957.

The Dayton Advocates for Computing Women is a professional society composed of women and men in the computing profession. The purposes of the DACW are to promote communication among women in computing, to further the professional development and advancement of women in computing, and to promote the education of women in computing. The society meets on the 4th Monday of each month from September to May. Contact: Jo Columbro, 495-4048

The Dayton Microcomputer Association is a group of computer enthusiasts organized as a non-profit corporation to promote education about microcomputer technology and applications. The DMA meets monthly except for December. DMA also sponsors 2 Computerfestsâ (August & March). Contact: Info line 222-4DMA (4362) or Bob Kwater,

IEEE/Computer Society
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers sponsors a number of societies, one of which is the Computer Society. The Dayton chapter of the IEEE CS holds lunchtime meetings on a wide range of computer-related topics to advance the theory, practice, and application of computer and information-processing science and technology. Contact: Bret Givens, 476-2501.

The Institute for Industrial Engineers, founded in 1948, is the only international, nonprofit, professional society dedicated to advancing the technical and mana-gerial excellence of industrial engineers. IIE strives to provide continuing education opportunities that en-hance members' capabilities to improve productivity and quality while imaging the contributions made by the profession. The Dayton chapter meets monthly from September through May. Contact: Sandy Feola, 485-2312

Project Management Institute (PMI)
Since it's founding in 1969, Project Management Institute (PMI®) has grown to be the organization of choice for project management professionalism. With almost 45,000 members worldwide, PMI® is the leading nonprofit professional association in the area of Project Management. PMI establishes Project Management standards, provides seminars, educational programs and professional certification that more and more organizations desire for their project leaders. Contact: Mike Vanhorn,

The software process improvement (SPI) special interest group (SIG) provides a forum for software, quality and project professionals to learn about software process improvement to include: metrics, ROI, frameworks and CMMI from seasoned professionals, consulting experts, and each other. The group meets during a quarterly breakfast meeting with an annual workshop scheduled for January of each year. If you are interested in being on the SPI SIG distribution list, contact Ann Roberts ( or 865-6800 ext. 12) or Ann Gallaher ( or 229-0054 ext 12).

About the Speaker

Jim Geier - independent consultant and author of the Wireless LANs book
Jim Geier is an international wireless network consultant. His expertise extends to both the development of wireless network products and integration of wireless networks into corporate information systems. His 20 years experience includes the analysis, design, software development, installation, and support of numerous client/server and wireless network-based systems for retail, manufacturing, warehousing, healthcare, and airline industries throughout the world. Jim is author of three books: Wireless LANs, Wireless Networking Handbook, and Network Reengineering. The second edition to Wireless LANs was published in June 2001. Jim is a requested speaker at seminars, conferences, and tradeshows. He has numerous articles to his credit and writes the Mobile Computing Column for Jim makes his home in the Miami Valley and has served as Chairman of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society, Dayton Section, and Chairman of the IEEE International Conference on Wireless LAN Implementation. He was an active member of the IEEE 802.11 Working Group, responsible for developing international standards for wireless LANs.

Jim's education includes bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering (with emphasis in computer networking and software development) and a master's degree in business administration.

Jims web site is

Joint Meeting Dinner Reservation Form

The Chef's Choice Buffet consists of:
Salads, Entrées, choice of vegetable
Assorted breads and rolls / coffee/tea, iced tea & chef's sweet table
For special dietary needs call Jim Stryker at 434-0000

Name: ______________________________
Company: ______________________________
Address 1: ______________________________
Address 2: ______________________________
Phone: ______________________________

I am a member of (circle all that apply): AITP, ACM, ASIST, ASQ, BDPA, DACW, DMA, IEEE, IIE, PMI, SPI SIG, none, other: ____________________

Make dinner reservations for ____ @ $21 = $___________ (Parking Included)

$2 for the presentation only

(Please make copies for additional reservation) Payment by check payable to "MVCS Joint Meeting"

Mail to:
Jim Stryker
5374 Oakbend Circle
Kettering, Ohio 45440

Reservations must be received by Friday, September 21, 2001

Society Showcase

Before and after the program, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the activities of the societies. Each society will have a table display presenting their activities over the past few years and plans for upcoming meetings. Membership information will also be available.

The area universities/colleges have been invited to display information about their CS and MIS programs.


5:30 Arrival & Networking Hour
6:30 Dinner
7:30 Speaker
Door prizes will be awarded to dinner attendees during the Networking. You must be present to win.

Joint Meeting Committee

This meeting was planned by the following volunteers:
Audrey Brewer, DACW & ACM
Howard Carson, ACM
Patricia J. Carter, ASIST
Sandy Feola, IIE
Bert Givens, ISSS/CS
Tim Glaze, IEEE
Colin Isenman, ASQ
Jim Stryker, AITP

Ponitz Center = Building 12, Parking below
Map online at