Unlike the spec espoused by the Infrared Data Association,
which has no security, Bluetooth uses 128-bit encryption,
he notes. Bluetooth also supplies authentication, so a
device identifies itself before transmitting information.
But Bluetooth won't necessarily replace IrDA, which is more
appropriate for direct connections such as business card
exchanges and can transfer larger files, Ellis says.
Other wireless technologies, like the Wireless Application
Protocol, may prove complimentary to Bluetooth.
"A WAP phone might use a Bluetooth link to connect to a
PC," Ellis suggests.
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