The wireless networking market benefits from private and public investment in wireless infrastructure and technology.
As major governments pursue 5G as the next-generation internet and the Biden administration pledges $65 billion for telecom infrastructure, global wireless players are scrambling to fill gaps in digital connectivity.
Wireless networking plays an indispensable role in enabling the Internet to reach every corner.
See below how five companies in the market are driving wireless networking technology across different industries:
A branded solution for cloud networks MerakiPart of Cisco, advances enterprise wireless connectivity by developing both software and hardware equipment.
“Meraki makes these top-of-the-top features available to everyone, even small networks with just one or two IT teams. When I actually tried it, I really believed it could work for the biggest of the big… and the smallest of the little,” said Todd Nightingale, CEO of Meraki.
“We make sure our products are easy for our customers to use, manage and monitor, and I believe we’re the only enterprise IT group that really focuses on that as a top priority.”
Meraki’s customer base includes Stanford, Burger King and Telmex. Meraki creates easy-to-deploy and scalable networks with centralized management via a dashboard and Meraki mobile app.
Industry: network management
Mobile operator: Roof net and Meraki
- Reduce costs with centralized management software with options to create and change IT policies
- Security architecture through a firewall, well-defined threat detection and integrated Sourcefire Intrusion Prevention
- Broad opportunities for customers to troubleshoot, monitor, improve visibility and keep their teams lean
- Real-time analytics and customer insights
- Mobile device and switch port management
2. Cradle point
cradle point is a Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) company that provides 4G and 5G connectivity to businesses.
The Ericsson subsidiary not only offers WAN connections, but also connects offices, vehicles and homes with IoT devices for better communication.
“If you think about what’s happening with enterprise networks, it’s no longer just about connecting branch offices. The future is about connecting sites and people in those sites, out in the wild, mobile workers — and all of those things will be connected with networks,” said Cradlepoint CEO George Mulhern.
Cradlepoint started out as a failover product company that allows users to access the Internet when the wired network fails. Cradlepoint has switched to cloud connection management and can provide wireless access without broadband.
Industry: Wireless WAN and Edge Networking
Mobile operator: NetCloud manager
- Increasing bandwidth availability for businesses while reducing connectivity costs
- Bundling of mobile data between geographically distributed locations
- Cradlepoint operates its routers using the Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) and offers cellular backup. The log also helps teams flag network attacks immediately
- Combine LTE with Wi-Fi through a single router to create Wi-Fi as a WAN service
- Securing private communication lines over a public internet via NetCloud Perimeter
Now acquired by Anova, AOptix is a NASA-approved deep space platform that offers astronomers and scientists wireless laser radio technology (LRT) for detecting deep space objects.
With DARPA, NASA, the US military and international airports in all countries as customers, AOptix uses both air-to-air and air-to-ground wireless networks. Its wireless networking product also extends to identity verification for immigration and aviation security.
“AOptix has deep roots in space exploration, and the American space program should now evaluate our technology for future communications applications,” said Dean Senner, CEO of AOptix after NASA installed AOptix Intellimax at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Industry: communication in space
Mobile operator: AOptix and Intellimax
- AOptix wireless connections save resources and time for businesses over fiber installations that take weeks or months to set up
- Reliable, long-range, ultra-high-bandwidth wireless communications for mobile backhaul
- Combines radio frequency with laser optics to create error-free communications with a strong availability rate in all weather conditions
- AOptix generates performance and higher speed over fiber optic networks and reports 50% more speed, low latency and a reduction in noise and external barriers
- AOptix has partnered with Nasdaq and BATS to offer low latency wireless network services to reduce system downtime in financial institutions regardless of business size
4. Strix Systems
Most autonomous vehicles today send and receive data via internal sensors. However, the portable devices are not designed to communicate with the outside world, let alone provide full Internet access.
Strix systems enables autonomous vehicles to communicate with the outside environment through its wireless network extensions with fewer nodes.
“Infonetics believes that Strix Systems is a key manufacturer and key solution provider in the mesh wireless networking industry. The market is accelerating and we are now seeing the greater penetration and ultimate benefits that solutions like Strix Systems Access/One have to offer,” said Richard Webb of Infonetics Research.
Industry: Autonomous vehicle communication and wireless networking
Mobile operator: Strix systems
- Creating intelligent vehicles by converting real-time data into actionable vehicle insights to ensure maximum safety
- A central monitoring system integrated with the Condition Acquisition Reporting System (CARS) to communicate with the vehicles when needed
- Integrated Wi-Fi and GPS services with additional sensors and high-resolution satellite imagery
- Efficiently dealing with physical obstacles, disruptive weather and distance
Veniam offers the next phase of IoT – the Internet of Moving Things, a concept to turn public transport into Wi-Fi hotspots.
Veniam creates a full-fledged infrastructure to connect everyday devices over a wireless platform. The product finds application in smart cities, where regular transportation facilities, ports, waste collection points, schools, container terminals and public parks can be transformed into mobile internet devices.
Veniam’s cloud stores and interprets machine data from sensors and performs tasks without much human intervention.
“We envision a future where mobility as a service is provided by a fleet of autonomous vehicles,” says João Barros, CEO of Veniam. “The way to get there is to enable automakers that produce cars, trucks and buses to share massive amounts of data with each other and with the cloud.
“Veniam’s technology will enable cities to provide the bandwidth needed for devices to connect to the Internet and to each other.”
Veniam is credited with building a large vehicle network that includes 600 vehicles in Portugal. Today, 73% of the bus drivers in Porto use Veniam WiFi with a monthly transfer of 3TB of data.
Industry: Internet of Moving Things and Smart Cities
Mobile operator: Veniam
- Connect public and private spaces to citizens for successful data delivery across devices
- Driving smart cities and improving the quality of life for residents
- Turn fleets, vehicles and mobile objects into live networks
- Reduce dependency on cellular networks while collecting official data for third parties, such as traffic and bandwidth, for scalability