It is hard to believe that at the start of this century, time wasn't even standardized. The nature of the workplace has changed dramatically. The traditional average working day is no longer 9:00 - 5:00; time seems to go by faster. While employees are working longer hours and commuting further. We have invented mainframes, microprocessors, microchips, PCs, Modems, DSL, Cable, Ethernet, LAN, WAN, optical fiber and the World Wide Web. The 20th Century has truly experienced unparalleled and unexpected technological advances. There is no question that the world is rapidly becoming one large global market due to the Internet's power to connect different people, various cultures and communities into one worldwide neighborhood, easily accessible through the World Wide Web. The Internet has already significantly changed the way we live, work, and communicate. Wireless computing is the hot topic of much conversation today. The concept has been around for sometime, but has been mainly utilizing communication protocols that exist over voice based. Only recently has the industry been taking steps to formulate a standard that is more suitable to data transmission over wireless.
Clearly, we live in the midst of a revolution in technology, a revolution not merely in computing, but in our very ability to communicate with one another. Technology is impacting most, if not all industries, and those who ignore its implications, could be neglecting the future of their business, particularly in the Real Estate industry. For this reason, the real estate professional is a person will most likely adapt to these new technologies in order to stay in business, and on top of their competitors. "The future of communications is upon us, and real estate professionals who do not ride the wave' may well find their boats capsized on the shore."" (7) .
Wireless networks and the Internet are converging to bring consumers and businesses a new type of commerce and expanded business opportunities.