Devin Akin

Away from Corner Cases: High Density, Low Throughput Wi-Fi

Out of the corner

In my blog called Corner Cases, I mentioned that high density, high throughput (HDHT) cases are in the extreme minority (<1%). In this blog, I would like to discuss High Density, Low Throughput (HDLT), which I believe will be the situation that over half of the installed Wi-Fi infrastructures of the world will face at some point over the next 5-7 years. I want to clarify that that when I use the term “high density”, I’m referring to client density (lots of clients in a physical area), not AP density (lots of APs in a physical area).

Unless you’ve been camping out under a rock, you may have heard the term “Internet of Things” or IoT for short. This moniker refers to the movement toward connecting previously-unconnected devices onto the Internet. To clarify, things are being connected to the Internet, thus we get Internet of Things. So how many of these things are we talking about? Oh… a few I suppose. Gartner is saying there will be 26 billion IoT devices and an additional 7.3 billion smartphones/tablets/PCs by 2020.   Read more

Corner Cases

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Most Wi-Fi manufacturer’s marketing departments would have you believe that 99% of all deployments are what I’d call “corner cases.” I call B.S. (as usual). Here are the high-density/high-throughput (HDHT) corner cases that so many manufacturers would have you believe are so prevalent: Large K-12 and University libraries, cafeterias, lecture halls, and auditoriums Stadium or… Read More

Retail Analytics: Who Owns The Data?

AirTight Presence Analytics

At AirTight Networks, we talk a lot of SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud). Together these forces have come together to significantly impact and radically change various markets. It’s not hard to wax eloquent about SMAC for long periods of time, but in this article, I want to focus only on the Analytics piece – that… Read More

The Holy Grail of Retail, Part 2

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This is part 2 of last week’s post The Holy Grail of Retail. In today’s installment, I discuss what it takes to reach it. Operational Implementation There is a set of coordinated technologies required to affect the Holy Grail. A complex set of variables if you will. It’s the responsibility of manufacturers to implement this… Read More

The Holy Grail of Retail

Will every salesperson know your name in not so distant future?

In the retail market, the current Holy Grail is to unify the online and in-store shopping experiences (sometimes called ‘omni-channel’ retailing) such that the customer has a personalized shopping experience that promotes brand loyalty. The customer experience should be enjoyable and personalized, with available contextually relevant and timely information that makes interacting with the retailer… Read More

Wi-Fi Speeds-n-Feeds Are So Old-school

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Speed-n-feeds are not the future of enterprise Wi-Fi. Speed-n-feeds are like my grandmother’s potatoes. I’ll explain. Speed is a given. Speed is a commodity. This is what you talk about when you have nothing else to offer, such as system intelligence. Some companies keep trying to rehash the speeds-n-feeds story like my grandmother used to… Read More

AirTight is Making Enterprise Wi-Fi Fun Again

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| Anyone who knows me knows that I’m always looking way ahead, and it’s my opinion that AirTight Networks is uniquely positioned to take advantage of a major confluence of forthcoming Wi-Fi market changes and requirements. With 1) a scalable, plug-n-play, API-enabled, elastic cloud, 2) controller-less technology, 3) innovative and industry-leading security offerings, and 4)… Read More