Devin Akin

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

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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?

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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

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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

Get in the Game with Wi-Fi Managed Services, Part 2

MSP Cloud Managed Wi-Fi

This is part 2 of the 2-part series on the managed service provider model in Wi-Fi. Click here for part 1. Is Wi-Fi Ready for MSPs? An important consideration when offering Wi-Fi as a managed service is whether or not the Wi-Fi solution you will choose is designed for it, both from the technical and… Read More

Get in the Game with Wi-Fi Managed Services

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This is part 1 on our two-part MSP series. Part 1 focuses on the basics of the MSP delivery, while part 2 will discuss how to make this model work for you. Nothing’s much has changed since I last blogged about Wi-Fi managed services almost a year ago, other than that I now work for… Read More