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Hilton, Unisys push Net services

The duo will announce a pilot program to offer interactive services, a sign that business travelers are clamoring for Net access.

    In another sign that business travelers are clamoring for Internet access, Hilton Hotels and Unisys will tomorrow announce a pilot program to offer interactive services and entertainment to hotel guests.

    The Hilton Net access program will include technology from CGX Communications' business unit CAIS Internet, according to a company spokesman.

    The latter's OverVoice technology will be used to provide Internet access via a standard Ethernet card, used by PCs and laptops to connect to local area networks. OverVoice uses the existing "twisted pair" copper telephone wires already installed in hotels, apartment buildings, and similar structures to provide high-speed Net access without interrupting telephone service.

    In January, CAIS Internet, together with Microsoft and AtCom/Info, announced commercial trials of the service would be offered in 15 hotels across the nation.

    CGX began testing the in-room Net access plan in March.