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Techno visionaries - Afflicting the world through technology  |  Written by jamaicaobserver.com   |  Monday, 26 January 2004

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Robinson is also the CEO of TropicalPhones. TropicalPhones in collaboration with AT&T and Vodafone provides cellular service for travellers. It promises to remove all communication worries by providing inexpensive and convenient solutions for Jamaicans travelling abroad and foreigners visiting the island.

Robinson boasts, "There are no roaming charges on the Tropical Phones network and that is what makes Tropical Phones a practical choice". Beginning February 1, travellers will be able to reserve a cellular phone via the Internet (www.tropicalphones.com), through your travel agent or at the Norman Manley and the Donald Sangster International Airports in kiosks located in the departure lounge.

Right now Robinson, who also plays in the Super League for Boys' Town Football Club is focused on getting settled in Jamaica but says that his mind is always racing as he considers other ventures. Graduate school is definitely on the horizon, but "that's it for living away" he says. He encourages other young Jamaicans to "reap the opportunities abroad, but never forget the foundation and always give back".-Kaili McDonnough

Connecting people with wireless solutions

SO OFTEN, Americans fall in love with our beautiful island Jamaica, by vacationing on our shores or through embracing the unique infectious culture of the reggae land.

Yet of the many visitors who have touched our shores very few see an opportunity for investment and act upon it. One such exceptional individual is Darryl Wehmeyer who is getting Jamaica wired through wireless communication.

Wehmeyer who hails from Atlanta, Georgia, USA frequently visited the island in the late 1990s to assist friends with business projects. While staying at a couple of hotels in Kingston, he realised that there was limited access to the Internet, and that the convenience of doing so from anywhere within the hotels was only a dream. There and then, Wehmeyer got the brilliant idea of establishing a wireless land network company in Jamaica.

Four years ago Wehmeyer moved to Jamaica and founded Copia Wireless Communications Limited; a distributor, integrator and marketer of wireless networks and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) products. This, the 34-year-old entrepreneur says is the best decision he has made and intends to give Copia Caribbean recognition.

"Around the world at the various hot spots wireless programming is preferred. It is much more common now, once it was more of a novelty now it is a necessity," says Wehmeyer.

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Wireless networking refers to technology that enables two or more computers to communicate using standard network protocols, with flexible connectivity without cabling hassle.

Thus, what Copia does is provide a unique solution for hotels. They install a wireless system in hotels for guests to access the Internet at their convenience from the pool, the beach, meeting rooms, restaurants and the guest rooms. Copia also markets and installs wireless point-to-point links for companies with multiple locations. For a one-time cost of equipment and installation, a company can link two locations together which are miles apart. While also, Copia will provide training for the staff of the companies being installed with wireless network and maintains their equipment.
 
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