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When the Global Positioning System (GPS) was developed back in 1973 it was designed to assist military personnel and vehicles, ships, and airplanes to determine their location anywhere in the world. Today GPS is used in everyday civilian life whether it be cars, phones, smartwatches, cash machines, shipping containers to animal tracking and more.
Some of the wireless innovations available today were initially intended to solve unique connectivity challenges. In large public venues like stadiums, arenas, or racetracks there are thousands of users simultaneously connected to the network, along with supporting devices like point-of-sale and handheld systems.
The hospitality industry needs to provide seamless connectivity services and a personalized guest experience. A hotel guest might walk around with their smartphone connected to the wireless network and engage in video and voice conversations while walking along the premises. Functionality like zero packet loss handoff and roaming is a must to deliver the required connectivity quality and reliability.
Multi dwelling units such as student accommodations must enable independent wireless networks per student while supporting streaming, gaming and video applications which all need a high-performance network.
What all these segments have in common is that the primary (and in many cases only) connectivity method available is Wi-Fi. Enterprise networks have traditionally used both wired and wireless connectivity. IP Telephony systems, telepresence endpoints and workstations are plugged into via copper into the access switches. As enterprise networking has quickly morphed to use more softphones, personal video endpoints and always-on applications, the underlying wireless networks needs to support these set of changes.
Innovations such as Beamflex™, ChannelFly™, and Seamless Mobility are the pillars that can solve the new requirements for the enterprise.
- BeamFlex is a technology allowing users to dynamically focus the radio frequency (RF) power into a specific direction. For each communication/client, the access points (APs) will use a different RF pattern. This allows for the optimization of density management; to provide better and stronger connectivity and reduce the number of APs required by up to 30 percent.
- ChannelFly continually shifts the spectrum and uses machine learning to remember where it’s clearest; then redirects traffic to those channels that can support the highest throughput.
- Seamless mobility enables uninterrupted voice and video calls through the use of layer 3 tunnels and using key caching techniques allowing users to move along floors or buildings without experiencing disruptions.
The RUCKUS portfolio was built from the ground up to solve all of these challenges, and with continued innovation, it has become the ‘de facto’ standard for these demanding verticals. Modern enterprises acknowledge the need to improve their wireless connectivity and there is no need to look further: CommScope’s RUCKUS has been doing this for 16 years and it can help organizations take their connectivity to a whole new level of performance, reliability, user experience and security.