11 Revolutionary Advances in Wireless Tech in 2016

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11 Revolutionary Advances in Wireless Tech in 2016

The industry is seeing more than an incremental gain in wireless capability and user-friendliness this year due to vastly improved system architectures and software.

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Microservice Architectures Speed Up Change Management

New microservices cloud architectures bring software-as-a-service (SaaS) agility to wireless, enabling on-demand network upgrades and patches within minutes. In addition, modern cloud elements, such as Spark and Kafka, are being used for machine learning, automation and high-speed messaging for simpler wireless operations and greater scale.

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New Platforms Collecting More State Data

New wireless platforms collect state information from every mobile device in real time so that administrators can view wireless coverage, throughput and other network characteristics from the user's point of view.

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On-Site Packet Sniffing a Thing of the Past

Dynamic packet capture starts collecting data when an anomaly is detected and stores it in the cloud for easy analysis. This eliminates the need to send tech people on site with packet sniffers.

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Knowing the State of Users at Any Given Time

Capturing radio frequency (RF) packets from every device and storing them in the cloud enables administrators to see exactly what the state of a user was at any point in time.

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More Data Stored for Service-Level Agreements

Wireless platforms now track connection times, roaming, coverage, capacity throughput and other service-level metrics in real time to ensure users have a great wireless experience.

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Better Insight for Predictive Analytics

Machine learning tracks RF behavior, device characteristics and user patterns to proactively provide recommendations that avoid potential problems.

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Location Information Much More Accurate

New enterprise-grade access points have directional Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) antenna arrays that deliver unprecedented location accuracy of from 1 to 3 meters.

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Analytics Takes Into Account All Kinds of Devices

Machine learning takes into account the unique characteristics of every mobile device (including iOS, Android, Windows and Linux) to deliver a consistent experience across all wireless users.

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Bluetooth Site Surveys Will Go Away

Real-time location calibration eliminates the need for expensive and time-consuming Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) site surveys.

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Physical Beacons Take a Back Seat

Virtual beacons eliminate many of the hassles of physical beacons, such as deployment, relocation, calibration and battery replacement. This makes location-based services such as wayfinding, proximity messaging and asset tracking more affordable and easier to deploy.

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Convergence of Services, Analytics Becoming More Common

Enterprise-grade WiFi, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and IoT services and analytics are now being converged onto single wireless platforms.

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Clouds, Networks Are Keys to IT's Future, Pluribus Survey Finds

Organizations are going to the cloud, be it private, public or hybrid—a notion recently reinforced by Pluribus Networks. Officials with Pluribus, a player in the fast-growing and crowded software-defined networking (SDN) space, surveyed 134 IT technical professionals at the recent VMworld 2016 event to gauge their thoughts on important emerging technologies and how ready their companies are to embrace them. What Pluribus found was that the cloud—public and private—is the technology that will have the most impact on the IT pros and their companies, ahead of desktop virtualization, converged infrastructures and other technologies. The survey also revealed that while most IT professionals are working with new technologies—either in pilots or outright deployments—few of them believe their IT departments are equipped to meet the needs of today's business. Many also see the network as being central...
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