Extreme Unveils IdentiFi Outdoor WLAN Access Point
The IdentiFi 3865 AC gives the vendor a complete indoor and outdoor 802.11ac WiFi portfolio for high-traffic areas like sports stadiums.Extreme Networks is rounding out its IdentiFi WiFi solution with the addition of 802.11ac outdoor wireless access points. Extreme officials on May 20 announced the 3865 wireless LAN access point (AP), which combined with the indoor AP released in March gives what company officials said is a scalable offering that can be leveraged in indoor and outdoor environments, including such high-traffic areas as hospitals, hotels and sports stadiums. Such capabilities will become increasingly important as more and more devices connect to WiFi networks, thanks to such trends as bring-your-own-device (BYOD), wearable technologies and the Internet of things (IoT), all of which are still just beginning. Much of the wireless traffic today—as much as 70 percent, according to the WiFi Alliance—travels over WiFi networks, and WiFi will continue to play a significant role in the future. "The people and devices [connecting to the Internet], in terms of growth, is creating a bigger and bigger challenge," Mike Leibovitz, director of mobility and applications at Extreme, told eWEEK.
The proliferation of intelligent connected devices has made people more mobile and with that comes their expectations for simple and constant wireless connectivity, Leibovitz said. More than 1 billion such devices were sold in 2013 and more than 7 billion WiFi devices will ship within the next three years, according to the company. IDC analysts in April forecasted that more than 19 million wearable devices will ship in 2014, more than tripling the numbers sold in 2013. That number will jump to 111.0 million units in 2018, according to IDC.