Traditional communication devices can now link to offsite computers, for more and faster communication to and from jobsites. Many devices, from pagers and digital organizers to laptop computers, enable the swift, smooth flow of information over vast distances. The Internet is quickly becoming an important tool for managing construction projects. More companies are setting up Web sites that allow owners to look at up-to-date photos or see what's going on via a live Web Cam. Contractors can submit a request for information to an architect, who can respond quickly and can even attach a CAD drawing to illustrate the data. LAN technology and construction-project-specific software exchange project information without meetings, couriers or mail. Onsite staff can use laptop or desktop computers to access this system. With an Internet version of this system, clients can read information on various projects: photographs of current progress, plans, three-dimensional drawings, even live camera views of jobsites -- anything that can be reduced to a binary file. When Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) lines and Asymmetric Digital Subscriber (ADS) lines become more readily available throughout the nation, it will be possible to transfer information much more quickly. Onsite computers routinely transfer files such as payroll, time sheets and production information electronically. For completely wireless transfer of this daily information, some contractors use laptops with cellular phones. Personal digital organizers are also being used to communicate from the jobsite. These palm-sized devices download contacts and schedules. Despite their small size, they can hold huge amounts of information and are excellent for retrieving and sending e-mail. Alphanumeric pagers are a cheap, swift way to send a typed message to one or many simultaneously, and they are able to integrate with office software. Radios, still popular with contractors, can include call waiting, caller ID, conference calling, voice mail and number programming. Radios can also connect to a nationwide system of construction professionals. Due to lower rates and better reception, many contractors use cellular phones. Digital phones get clearer reception than analog, but digital service areas are smaller. The best phones have caller ID, voice mail, call waiting, conference calling and speed dialing. The wave of new, user-friendly, construction-specific software has made it easier to communicate effectively from the jobsite.