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PSU adopts Aruba wireless solutions

Aruba Networks has announced that Prince of Songkla University (PSU) is deploying Aruba wireless solutions on three of its campuses.

With the new wireless infrastructure, including Aruba wireless access points, mobility controllers and the AirWave network management system, the research university will provide secure, reliable Wi-Fi for its students and faculty while satisfying its network requirements.

"Given the growing number of mobile devices accessing our network daily, we needed a solution that could not only satisfy the high expectations of our students and faculty, but also meet our stringent security requirements," said Songkrant Muneenaem, head of the Communication and Network Services Group at PSU's Computer Centre.

PSU's new wireless solution has been deployed in the Faculty of Science building and dormitories on its main campus in Hat Yai, and is currently under way at its Trang and Phuket locations.

The university also plans to expand its use of wireless technology to support its research-intense environment and facilitate improved classroom instruction. The ultimate goal is to become a first-ranked, major regional university and a leader in international standards.

Microsite for Canon SME PLUS+

Canon has announced a new microsite under the "Canon SME PLUS+" campaign, offering a variety of exclusive privileges and integrated services that are ideal for small and medium-sized enterprises to expand their business opportunities, enhance workplace efficiency and meet every printing need.

"Despite the fact that SMEs today have become an important segment for Thailand's economic growth, there still are numerous challenges they have to face from within the internal and external environment," said Warin Tantipongpanich, senior director and general manager of the Consumer Imaging and Information Division of Canon Marketing (Thailand).

The new membership-based microsite will allow customers to enjoy the experience of all Canon products, services and privileges. Customers who purchase its products and join the site of Canon SME PLUS+ will be entitled to up to Bt1,500 in free fuel vouchers.

PCs, laptops still favoured for e-shopping

Despite the widespread proliferation of mobile devices, the majority of cyber-shopping still takes place using a desktop PC, finds Ovum, the global information-technology analysis company.

According to its "Consumer Insights" survey, security and data privacy concerns continue to be the main stumbling blocks to consumers embracing m-commerce, including m-payments, m-banking and m-shopping.

In a survey of more than 15,000 consumers across 15 major global markets, Ovum found that 68 per cent of respondents globally prefer to use a PC or laptop when shopping online. Only one in five use their mobile phone and a smaller proportion (14 per cent) use a tablet.

According to the findings, the reluctance to use a mobile device stems from perceptions that services are not secure (49 per cent of respondents) or that personal data might be misused (47 per cent).

These results will no doubt disappoint the telecoms industry, which is investing massively in developing mobile payment services in both mature and emerging markets, the company said.

"The implications of these findings are profound for the growing mobile commerce ecosystem, as when it comes to digital commerce, consumers clearly still feel more comfortable with their PC and laptop," said Angel Dobardziev, principal analyst at Ovum.

"This shows that operator strategies that factor in rapid adoption of mobile commerce services need a reality check. Furthermore, the industry must design services that build on users' comfort with e-commerce over the PC and extend it to the m-commerce domain," he added.

Further reinforcing the infancy of mobile commerce, the survey reveals that 50 per cent of respondents have no interest in trying mobile payments in the next 12 months, and fewer than two in 10 make m-commerce transactions on a regular basis, excluding checking bank balances, which 35 per cent do regularly.

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