WINSTON-IT professionals joined business, education and civic leaders at Southeast Wireless 2003, a conference on wireless technology trends and the expected impact of such technology in the region.

Tuesday’s event was sponsored by the Rural Internet Access Authority, which is leading the e-NC initiative to connect all North Carolinians to the Internet.

“There are numerous benefits to understanding and using wireless technology, especially in this area,” said Jane Smith Patterson, executive director of the RIAA, “A great deal of wireless infrastructure already has been deployed in North Carolina as a means of supplying high-speed Internet access to areas that cannot be reached using other technology.”

While the RIAA is technology neutral, Patterson said it does recognize the need to use wireless technology, where it is cost effective and easy to deploy. In addition, she said entrepreneurs can enter the Internet marketplace with smaller investment requirements with a wireless-based Internet deployment business.

Those attending Southeast Wireless 2003 heard experts speak on such topics as getting started with wireless, telemedicine and the future of wireless applications, wireless security, lowering health costs with wireless, deployment issues surrounding wireless, policy concerns, and opportunities in the secondary markets for spectrum leasing.

Keynote speakers included representatives from Motorola and QualComm, who gave a brief overview of the traditional markets currently affected by wireless technology.