In addition to our solid technical agenda, we’ve got some nice surprises planned for the Wireless Field Day 7 delegates. We tweeted a picture of our work-in-progress. Keith Parsons was the first delegate to venture a guess with “Wi-Fi Mancala”. That was a good try but that’s not quite it.
Following are seven clues to help the delegates resolve this Wireless Field Day 7 riddle.
1) It is personalized
2) There is one for each day of the week
3) Helps you relax
4) Smooth and sweet
5) Travel size
6) Better than a t-shirt
7) Works like magic
The answer to this Wi-Fi brain teaser will be unveiled during AirTight’s #WFD7 segment. Addition insight can be found in Wireless Field Day: Are you ready for Lucky Number 7? As a viewer tuning in, you’ll be able to see which of the delegates manages to solve AirTight’s #WFD7 riddle. More on AirTight via TechFieldDay archive.
Wireless Field Day 7 Delegates (WFD7 Delegates are selected by the Field Day Delegate community)
802.11ac, WiFi Access, Wireless Field Day, Wireless security, WLAN networks, WLAN planning
Wireless Field Day 7 (#WFD7) is just around the corner and AirTight Networks is pumped about being in the vendor line-up. This is our third WFD and certainly won’t be our last.
You won’t want to miss our session which takes place on Wednesday, August 6 from 13:30-15:30 (Pacific time). Most vendor presentations – including ours – are streamed live at TechFieldDay.com Can’t make it for the live session? Keep calm and view video recordings of our presentations at your convenience.
802.11ac, Best practices, Managed Service, mobile device management, Retail, WiFi Access, Wireless Field Day, Wireless security, WLAN networks, WLAN Troubleshooting
Roosevelt’s at 7
Airtight Networks has cracked the code on how to deliver meaningful customer experiences specific to each individual through the delivery of personalized analytics in real time. Understanding individual customer behaviors can now be driven by actionable data. Businesses are always looking at ways to improve sales and efficiency. AirTight analytics provide answers to common questions like:
- How long does each customer stay and shop?
- How often do they come in?
- How effective are my marketing campaigns?
Managed Service, Retail, WiFi Access
EarthLink launched its Secure WiFi™ service in the US, with the official announcement out yesterday: EarthLink Launches New Secure WiFi Service, Featuring Integrated Security, Customer Analytics and Social Media
Check out the news coverage following the announcement:
Managed Service, WiFi Access
What a great start to year on the industry events front – we started with NRF in January, looking forward to HIMSS and our ACTS event in February, and MURTEC in March. In NRF, high points of discussion were around Social Wi-Fi and analytics. That said, topics of security and PCI compliance were also high on the agenda prompted by the Target credit card breach that occurred just before NRF. I expect to there will be a lot of security discussions at HIMSS too.
Healthcare, Wi-Fi and HIPAA
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed by Congress in 1996. It is enforced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and implemented by regulations of 45 CFR. Among other provisions it has rules mandating that healthcare organizations safeguard the privacy and security of patient health information.
Healthcare, WiFi Access
AirTight Networks secure cloud Wi-Fi will power EarthLink’s new WiFi/WIPS solution designed for the multi-unit retail industry. EarthLink announced the upcoming launch of this solution at NRF 2014.
Cloud, analytics, simplicity set AirTight apart
“Consumers are already using their mobile devices in-store to enhance their shopping experience. With EarthLink WiFi, retailers can roll out corporate applications to connect with those consumers and service them more efficiently, while gathering valuable data for marketing and store operations. AirTight’s offering stood apart with its cloud-based management, rich retail analytics and ease of deployment.” — Greg Griffiths, EarthLink Vice President of Retail Solutions
Wi-Fi architectures today come in three main flavors: controllers, controller-less and cloud. While vendors spar over which is the right architecture for today’s and tomorrow’s Wi-Fi, customers are mostly interested in comparing them based on their derived value.
In this blog post, we examine the economics, manageability and ease of deployment of these 3 architecture flavors. On these fronts, I have often seen the following 8 points to be most relevant to customers while making architecture choice for their Wi-Fi project.
In the following discussion, I use the term controller to indicate an architecture which uses a tunneled or locally switched data plane, but where the control plan is driven wholly or partially from the controller. Controller-less architecture is smart-edge architecture where the control plane resides at the edge. Cloud is controller-less, and in addition, provides manageability from a console hosted in the cloud.
Cloud computing, WiFi Access
|by Lina Arseneault
Applying the Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) model to your Retail Wi-Fi Investment
Figure 1: Gartner Nexus of Forces is the convergence of social, mobile, information (analytics), and cloud to transform business and IT.
Social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) technologies are high on everyone’s investment priorities list—so much so that SMAC has become the new enterprise IT model. Research firm Gartner refers to the trend as the Nexus of Forces, a convergence of technologies that is building upon and transforming consumer behavior and ushering in the next-generation of business technology.
“Although these forces are innovative and disruptive on their own, together they are revolutionizing business and society, disrupting old business models and creating new leaders,” says Gartner. Therefore, the SMAC model calls for evaluating individual technology investments by how well it helps you integrate social, mobile, analytics and cloud services to transform your enterprise.
by Lina Arseneault
How much should you care about the CMO?
A lot according to IDC. By 2016, 80% of new IT investments will directly involve line-of-business executives (Source: IDC Directions 2013).
Similarly, Gartner predicts that by 2017 the marketing arm of businesses will control more of the IT spend than IT organizations at those companies.
We’ve certainly noticed this shift. In this blog post, we highlight three customer success stories where this dynamic came into play and how we were able to effectively collaborate across the different lines-of-business.
Retail, WiFi Access, Wireless security
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High Five to 5 GHz!
There is a lot of talk in the air about 802.11ac; and accordingly, there is also a lot of talk about 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks.
Lisa Phifer recently wrote a tech note on Webtorial discussing this current topic. It was great talking to her as always on hot topics in Wi-Fi. From these types of conversations and from firsthand experience with many enterprise Wi-Fi network deployments, some salient points stand out for me pertaining to operation of Wi-Fi networks in the 5 GHz band. They are as follows.