The recent report that Apple's late cofounder Steve Jobs hoped to encourage wireless router makers to include a "guest network" option so Wi-Fi's footprint could be spread exponentially is helping focus more attention on Hotspot 2.0, which enables seamless roaming between Wi-Fi networks and also enables seamless data roaming between Wi-Fi and cellular networks. But recent comments from industry executives indicate Hotspot 2.0 has yet to gain widespread adoption, though its impact could be expansive in the future.
San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., incorporated Hotspot 2.0 roaming and encryption capabilities into their existing public Wi-Fi hotspot service in partnership with Ruckus Wireless and Global Reach.
Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi technology now has a large-scale municipal footprint in San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., thanks to the efforts of both cities in partnership with equipment vendor Ruckus Wireless and Global Reach, which is providing device provisioning and unified authentication services.
Google is working with Ruckus Wireless to create a large-scale, cloud-based Wi-Fi network for enterprises, according to a GigaOM report, which cited an unnamed source.
Ruckus Wireless unveiled a virtualized wireless LAN controller targeted at mobile network operators, cable operators, managed service providers (MSPs) and enterprises requiring a carrier-class solution. The cloud-based controller is designed to run in a service provider's data center.
Ruckus Wireless' new Smart Wi-Fi Access Management Service (SAMS) shifts local network infrastructure--such as WLAN controllers, authentication servers, captive portals, advertising engines and content filtering--into the cloud, a move the company claims will enable businesses to more quickly and easily roll out public Wi-Fi hotspots.
While Ruckus Wireless saw its fourth-quarter revenue jump 17.5 percent to $73 million, the Wi-Fi technology vendor, whose customers include Time Warner Cable, said most of its deployments in Q4 were overseas.
Indoor positioning technologies and related location-based services (LBS) will be a major topic of discussion at the 2014 Mobile World Congress later this month, and the market outlook is pointing to significant growth opportunities.
The city of San Francisco rolled out a free, public Wi-Fi network across three miles in its famous Market Street corridor, using more than a half million dollars' worth of equipment contributed by Ruckus Wireless.
In a terse announcement, Wi-Fi services provider Ruckus Wireless disclosed that it acquired privately held indoor-positioning company YFind Technologies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.