Cisco Systems has unveiled wireless gear for what it calls 'networks in motion', designed to give truck drivers, police and other mobile workers constant access to data. Cisco, the world's dominant supplier of fixed-line Internet routers for corporate and public communications networks, is eyeing a market for data access that wireless equipment makers such as Nokia, Ericsson and Siemens - with their focus on mobile phones - have left open for grabs. Cisco said its new Cisco Mobile Access Router for vehicles would bring secure, industrial-strength access to existing networks - whether for companies, public safety agencies or the military. 'The vehicle market is an interesting new market for us,' said Cisco general manager Mike Volpi. 'Historically, routers have always been in someone's home or office.' While he underscored that the small, gift-box sized devices were not mobile themselves, the 3200 router is designed to act as the central gateway to connect moving vehicles with wireless networks. The size of the initial market is small, but is expected to generate from hundreds of millions to even billions of dollars in revenue over the long term. 'Cisco has clearly found a piece of the wireless market where they can play to their strengths in data networking. It is a natural fit for them,' said Sarah Kim, a wireless market analyst with research firm Yankee Group. The new 3200 router is designed to hop between different wireless networks invisibly, providing uninterrupted access to other networks while on the move. As vehicles travel, the product would detect mobile network links via location-finding satellite, Wi-Fi wireless networks or hybrid voice and data networks. Officials said they envisioned the 3200 router being used in cars, planes, ships, tanks, cranes and trains. 'The point of the mobile access router is that it extends the edge of the network to a new frontier, what we call 'networks in motion',' Cisco vice-president Paulette Alatmaier said. A Cisco spokesman in Hong Kong said yesterday the router was available in most Asia-Pacific markets. The Mobile Access Router Card lists at US$5,500 and the Serial Mobile Interface Card is US$1,400. Two other components are IP Plus image, listed at US$2,000, and a Fast Ethernet switch card, due by the end of the year. However, she said the market price would probably be lower. 'Our customers usually buy Cisco products from our channel partners at various discounts.' Using the router, a police officer could stay connected to existing police networks while driving around a city. The officer could then use a laptop, video camera, or fingerprint scanner to send and receive data from the station. Despite ongoing cutbacks in corporate technology spending, Mr Volpi said he saw new technologies helping stoke demand in coming years. These include piping high-speed Internet access over older phone lines into homes and hotels and other old buildings.