Title of First Wireless Retirement Center Claimed by New
NJ, Aug. 22, 2003 -
The computer world is going wireless
and a retirement center in New Jersey has claimed the honor as the
center in the U.S. Just like the telephone, computers no longer have
to be wired to the wall to make a connection.
Cedar Crest, a campus for almost 500
people aged 62 or better, hosted a "Ditch Your Modem Party" for
residents where attendees essentially 'threw out their 56K modems,
said goodbye to those slow internet download times and said hello to
internet service, which is wireless, fast, reliable, and always "on!"'
"Residents will enjoy having
continuous, fast service to the internet, without having to log on and
off," says Gary Hibbs, Executive Director of Cedar Crest. "They will
be plugged into to the "super-highway," and traveling around in a fast
Ferrari -- not that old clunker of a dial-up modem, that only makes
you wait while the whole world is zooming past you."
Residents with laptops, who sign up
for wireless service, are able to connect to the Internet from any
spot on campus -- whether they are in their apartments or even at the
pool -- without wires. Keith Walter, the president of Oneder, the
provider of Cedar Crest's Wireless Internet Service, spoke to an
audience of nearly one hundred residents and addressed their concerns.
Twenty-two of the attendees registered for the service on the first
day. And, it is anticipated that many more will do so in the coming
"This means residents can ditch that
extra phone line, and the phone bill they have been using for dial-up
internet service - and if they only have one phone line and have to
suffer through missing calls because the line is tied up by internet
use, this wireless service is perfect for them," says Ian Brown,
Associate Executive Director at Cedar Crest. "They can enjoy all of
the phone conversations they desire, while surfing the web, and their
friends and family will no longer be frustrated by busy signals while
they are surfing."
Residents who currently have
cable-modem service through Comcast, that switch to Oneder High Speed
Internet Service, are able to reduce their costs, receive tighter
security, faster "uploads," and better customer service, according to
Walter. Monthly charges are based on the bandwidth chosen.
Until September 30th, residents will
receive the added benefit of free installation for first 30 days (a
$120 value). In addition, the local community of Pequannock may be
able to take advantage of Cedar Crest's wireless network, Oneder will
be extending the service from Cedar Crest to the surrounding community
within the next 6 months. Oneder is now accepting applications from
local residents for engineers and sales agents.
"The network is scalable, so no matter
how many members there are, speed and access will never change," says
Walter. "No one will get get kicked off, like they do with other
national companies," he continues.
Using Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity)
technology, residents are able to take advantage of all internet
features, including: streaming video, sending out large photo files,
on-line banking, shopping. research and even up-to-the-moment news and
stock watching, by just turning on their computers. In addition, the
wireless technology makes it possible for residents to watch movies
from home collections and even video-commute to a grandchild's party,
while being physically located anywhere on the Cedar Crest campus.
Cedar Crest, like the other Erickson
campuses, already provides each resident with an e-mail address and
access to the communitys "Touchtown" intranet portal upon move-in, is
now improving access and use of the portal by making it an upfront
loaded homepage for news, events, e-mail, chatting, etc. Touchtown is
a way for residents to stay in touch with one another and their
families and friends as well as with Cedar Crest-related information.
Residents can also take advantage of free computer training classes
that are offered, year-round, at Cedar Crest.
"I have learned more about technology
since moving to Cedar Crest than I ever knew before, says Craig
Mitchell, a resident. "Cedar Crest is a place to grow, learn and
socialize it is not a place to become isolated as you age in place."
In addition, like the other Erickson
campuses, Cedar Crest will soon have its own state-of-the-art TV
station. And, the amenities do not stop at computer technology and TV
stations -- college level classes, provided by Drew University, are
also available on Cedar Crest's campus.
"There is an atmosphere and lifestyle
created at our campuses that truly defies traditional stereotypes of
aging and senior living," says Gary Hibbs, Executive Director, Cedar
Crest. "Our residents are inspired to travel, begin new careers,
initiate new, meaningful relationships, and cultivate interests and
hobbies they may not have had time for the past."
Erickson presently manages 12 campuses
(the average being 100+ acres with 2,000+ residents) in Maryland,
Michigan, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia, that
are home to nearly 11,000 residents. Erickson (http://www.ericksoncommunities.com)
was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Catonsville, Maryland. For
more information, please call 973-831-3568.
is a Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP), and Wireless
Networking company based in Baltimore, Maryland.