Monday, June 27, 2005

Devicescape Offers Platform for Enterprise-Class Access Points

Devicescape Software released a new version of its Wireless Infrastructure Platform that enables device manufacturers to create full-featured, enterprise-class wireless access points. In addition, vendors of specialized Wi-Fi equipment, such as hotspot and public-safety infrastructure, can now use Devicescape WIP to leverage high-end WLAN features into their products.

Enterprise-class features of Devicescape's Wireless Infrastructure Platform (WIP) 2.0 include:

  • Automatic configuration and management for easy deployment and self-management of access points, and for automatically configuring additional access points as they are added to the network

  • Load balancing for detecting the number of users on each access point and redistributing network traffic as necessary for optimal access point utilization

  • Channel planning for detecting conflicting channel assignments, and automatically reconfiguring the wireless network to avoid interference

  • Embedded enterprise security to enable the most secure forms of wireless authentication and authorization without the need to deploy and manage separate RADIUS servers. In addition, WIP-enabled access points can support multiple virtual networks, allowing organizations to deploy separate networks for guests as well as individual departments, ensuring optimal network utilization and protection of sensitive data.

  • Enterprise-class management to allow WIP-enabled access points to be compatible with open network standards, including SNMP, and to integrate seamlessly with existing management platforms, such as HP OpenView and IBM Tivoli.

Home Networks for the Triple Play

It's not enough for service providers to simply get content to the
consumer's doorstep. Consumers will want to access the wealth of content
arriving at their broadband gateway in many locations and on many
different devices throughout and beyond the home. If broadband triple play
services are to be adopted at mass-market levels, industry-wide standards
must be developed that make it simple for consumers to set up,
interconnect and use devices that will consume these services. The Digital
Living Network Alliance (DLNA) is addressing these issues.

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