Accession Number : ADA288606

Title :   The Evolution and Impact of PCS Technology.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Lawson, John R.

PDF Url : ADA288606

Report Date : SEP 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 49

Abstract : In today's mobile society, communications services that focus on location (wired) are increasingly inadequate. But services that center around the individual (wireless) are being developed to serve society in a way that only recently could consumers have imagined. People-oriented communications tools will make life simpler and more productive. The essence of this concept is captured in a family of wireless services and devices that allow the user to communicate independent of location--Personal Communications Services, known as PCS. First generation PCS devices such a pagers and cellular phones were the instruments of the first wireless revolution, but they will soon be forced to relinquish the spotlight to the new generation of POS and what should be a dazzling variety of individualized advanced telecommunications services and devices. Within the next two years, these new POS models, recently described as 'the most exciting development in telecommunications since the breakup of AT&T,' should hit the marketplace, changing the way we communicate and, in turn, the way we live. This paper explores the status and likely development of POS generally, including 'new PCS.'

Descriptors :   *COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, *TELECOMMUNICATIONS, POSITION(LOCATION), IMPACT, SOCIETIES, MOBILE, CONSUMERS, EVOLUTION(DEVELOPMENT).

Subject Categories : Radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE