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4 Key Objectives for defining an In-Building Mobile Communications Strategy

by Simon Longhurst – Spectralink

Growth in the mobile devices market over the past few years has been huge. With smartphone sales surpassing feature phones last year, the world has become accustomed to having a multi-functional device in their pocket at all times. Alongside this growth, businesses have battled to keep up with the changing landscape of mobility and wider IT challenges. Additionally, the rise in ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD), threatens security, productivity and customer service.

Businesses have been ramping up their in-building mobile communication strategies and realised the potential of a more mobile workforce and empowered deskless employees. This involves improving the internal infrastructure with wireless access points to enable mobile handsets that can achieve guaranteed service, voice quality and communication.

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Spectralink PIVOT: The indestructible phone put to the test

The Spectralink PIVOT has recently undergone vigorous testing by IT Pro Portal, to truly test its durability and robustness. IT Pro Portal tested the phone against 1.2m drops, skidding through puddles of water, thrown down stairs and even being run over by a bicycle. You’ll be surprised with the results.

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Meru announces SDN app for Lync

As the enthusiasm for software defined networking from vendors accelerates, IT leaders are still wondering how they can best make use of it.

Meru Wireless has announced an option: An upcoming application that helps networks manage traffic spawned by Microsoft’s Lync unified communications suite.

Meru Collaborator is an OpenFlow application that runs on software network controllers and connects to a Lync server API for controlling flows on wired or Wi-Fi networks. Meru’s 802.11ac access points are interoperable with Lync Server, but the app works across any OpenFlow enabled network.

Leveraging the advantage of an SDN network, the central controller makes automating network devices easy.

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The Promise of SDN in the Enterprise at SDN Connect Live

SDN-Connect-Live

Today, data centers are being transformed from the inside out with broadening adoption of SDN as a disruptive technology that mimics for networking what server virtualization brought to data centers.  The rapid acceptance of SDN and this new approach to design, build and manage data centers addresses top challenges experienced by organization related to networks namely too many manual processes, and difficulties changing configurations. SDN tackles these challenges in the data center, but SDN can equally address the same issues for the enterprise campus.

Enterprises today are looking to see how effective their IT infrastructure is at supporting primary organizational functions such as improving customer experiences or helping employees easily collaborate. The shift in the types of applications used in the enterprise towards cloud, mobility, and social networking also pose new challenges to the network. SDN on campus and its promise to unify management, configuration and provisioning for wired and wireless networks is the holy grail.

Bringing SDN to the enterprise enables mobility across the campus or the globe, providing a single optimized and scalable unified network for secure and consistent access to business critical applications.

SDN is a fundamental shift for enterprises to a more agile, user-focused environment. SDN ties the network to the application and gives users the ability to provision common network services across both the wired and wireless network with the same network policies – something that is challenging today. The coupling of networks and apps, where applications manage the provisioning of network services brings about a new class of network applications and services that can be developed once and can run on any network, greatly accelerating the pace of innovation. Thus, the goal being to deploy a virtual network of wired and wireless components for an application at the same speed as you can deploy any virtual computing service in the data center.

Those in our industry speaking about the benefits of SDN for the enterprise are picking up steam. But to deliver on that promise, SDN must work for all users and across all networks, with true interoperability among network components via OpenFlow. This is a lofty goal and one that Meru is eager to advance.

To learn more, visit our SDN resource page and join us at SDN Connect Live on September 18, 2014 at 9 AM PT where Meru, Open Networking Foundation, NEC and other esteemed partners will discuss these topics and more.

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A Massive 802.11ac Meru Wi-Fi Deployment

Meru has deployed one its 802.11ac Wi-Fi solutions to support high density mobile device users at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC). This massive undertaking will cover exhibitors and attendees across its 3.9 million square-foot facility.

How can WiFi transform the healthcare sector?

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by Becki Wood – Purple Wifi

Access to the internet has huge potential to improve the healthcare experience for patients, from appointment reminders to increasing connection to the outside world during hospital stays. WiFi in healthcare settings enhances communication with friends and family, provides entertainment, permits access to the workplace and generally reduces a feeling of isolation.

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Secure or not secure public Wi-Fi?

There is a growing trend for businesses and venues to provide open Wi-Fi access. While the choice for people to use public Wi-Fi lies with the individual, businesses and venues have a responsibility to ensure the service they are providing is safe.

Ilan Rubin, managing director, Wavelink, said, “Using an unsecure Wi-Fi network can lead to security breaches such as ‘man in the middle’ attacks. This is when malicious users on the same connection steal login information simply by listening to the traffic devices on the network are sending. For example, if a user logs on to online banking and that information is transmitted without encryption, the malicious user can capture that data and use it for their own gain.

“The last thing that any business or venue wants is for their guests to be hacked while using their open Wi-Fi.”

A Purple WiFi survey indicated that 90 per cent of businesses are offering potentially unsecure and unprotected Wi-Fi, meaning their networks were either completely open or a standard password was given out. Further, more than half of the venues surveyed confirmed they have no family-friendly content filtering in place, which means that access to undesirable content isn’t being restricted.

Ilan Rubin said, “There is no easy way to tell if a Wi-Fi connection is safe. While it’s always best for people to err on the side of caution and not give out any personal data on an open network, it does happen. As a business or venue you want customers to know that you have the right policies in place to protect them.”

Five things businesses and venues should consider to provide guests secure Wi-Fi

  1. Mitigate against all risk as a public Wi-Fi provider by offering a separate and secure system for guest Wi-Fi. A secure log in process also separates the business Wi-Fi from guest Wi-Fi, protecting the business’ own private network.
  2. Provide a splash screen prior to log in explaining what the customer is signing up to.
  3. Ask users to register and accept terms and conditions as they sign in to the Wi-Fi.
  4. Ensure the customer’s data is stored by a reputable provider in line with Australia’s privacy regulations.
  5. Proactively engage in filtering of internet traffic, to block file sharing traffic or traffic to pornographic or suspicious websites.

The Best WiFi Statistics of 2014

The Best WiFi statistics of 2014

By Becki Wood – Purple Wifi

The Huffington Post recently gave us 50 technology statistics including some stats from our own Purple WiFi survey! Amazingly 90% of all smartphones are equipped with WiFi capabilities and we have picked some of the other interesting WiFi stats:

1) WiFi makes shoppers happy

We know from the Future Stores Report that showrooming happens, and enhances a customer experience in store. Also we have seen how WiFi has been used in shopping centres such as The Orchards Shopping Centre in West Sussex, UK. So, the statistics on WiFi use in stores aren’t surprising. According to Retail Touch Point – Up to 70% of consumers in-store have a WiFi capable device in their pocket and 50% of consumers feel comfortable making a large purchase in-store if WiFi access is available (Accenture). This highlights the expectation of WiFi availability in making a pleasurable retail experience.

2) Customers choose WiFi over cellular

There are now more and more hotspots providing WiFi access that save on a monthly cellular bill and it’s no wonder that WiFi use is so popular. The statistics tell us that WiFi is the preferred choice and WiFi over cellular has become the medium of choice reported by 2/3 of US consumers (Deloitte). A whopping 71% of all mobile communications flow over WiFi (Wi-Fi Alliance).

3) Hotels see WiFi as an essential amenity

Increasingly travellers are expecting free WiFi as an essential to their stay and liken it to being as necessary as being able to take a shower. HotelChatter found that 94% of people cite WiFi as the most important amenity yet they found that only 64% of hotels offer it free to their customers. Hotels are taking note as 38% of hotel customers say that they would book elsewhere if there was no WiFi available.

4) WiFi capacity

This article estimates that on average four wireless devices are now being brought into work per person! Although we reckon this figure is optimistic, there is definitely an increasing demand on WiFi capacity and this is set to rise further. Infonetic reports an estimated half of all networking devices will be mobile by 2015 and that most businesses are planning to increase WiFi capacity by at least 20% in 2014. According to Gigaom, by 2020 it is predicted that 24 billion devices will be connected to the Internet and the vast majority will use some form of wireless for access. See our top tips for poor WiFi access if you can’t get online easily enough.

5) WiFi isn’t everywhere just yet

The demand for WiFi access is already huge globally and it is expected that there will be more than 7 billion new WiFi enabled devices over the next three years. The statistics tell us we are not covering WiFi access to its full potential just yet, for example, only 39% of schools in the US have WiFi access (National Center for Education Statistics). We have already translated our product into 16 languagesdue to customer demand.

6) We definitely can’t live without WiFi

Nomophobia is a fear of being without our mobile phones and we need WiFi access to be comfortable in our daily lives. So much so that Iconic Displays found 75% of people say a week without WiFi would leave them grumpier than a week without coffee and 60% of people can’t go without WiFi for more than 1 day.

What’s in store for the future of point collecting?

Future of point collecting

By Becki Wood – Purple Wifi

Everybody loves a good deal! Many of us will admit to carrying several loyalty cards around with us to make sure we get access to some of the best deals. But in today’s society we are used to getting everything fast – it’s a world of instant gratification. Point collecting may now seem like a cumbersome task, we need to carry around a loyalty card and we have to wait to reap the benefits.

So, could WiFi become the loyalty card of the future?

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Meru Education-Grade (MEG) 802.11ac Wi-Fi Chosen by Multiple School Districts Nationwide to Help Students Develop Critical Skills

Loudon County School District, Tenn.; Ponca City Public Schools, Okla. and Ridgewood Public Schools, N.J. roll out MEG 802.11ac Wi-Fi to help students make the grade

SUNNYVALE, Calif – September 3, 2014 – Meru Networks® (NASDAQ:MERU), a leader in intelligent Wi-Fi networking, today announced that Loudon County School District, Tenn., Ponca City Public Schools, Okla. and Ridgewood Public Schools, N.J. have chosen Meru Education-grade (MEG) 802.11ac Wi-Fi networks to provide high-density wireless connectivity for students and staff. Meru’s intelligent Wi-Fi enables uninterrupted learning, giving students access to the tools needed to develop the collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills that they need to succeed.

Loudon County School District recently deployed a MEG 802.11ac Wi-Fi network to support its schools and its technology center. Upgrading its wireless connectivity has been the Loudon district’s primary technical focus, largely because of state requirements for online student assessment and Common Core standards testing. The MEG intelligent Wi-Fi delivers the capacity and reliability that the district needs to support digital learning in its highly dense mobile environment.

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