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Pushing cloud Wi-Fi way beyond basic connectivity

Bob Brown | March 17, 2016
Cloud4Wi, Relay2 upgrade their platforms for more engaging WiFi networks.

The company’s platform currently works only with its own APs, which boast up to a 4-core CPU and 128GB of solid-state storage and feature built-in caching, web server, deep packet inspection and other services. The access points also house middleware that provides a containerized platform to support a range of applications from advanced security to customer engagement to Internet of Things. “We’re pushing the intelligence out to the edge of the network,” says Keith Sinclair, director of marketing and strategy.

Advances in Wi-Fi application services like this could actually help organizations like hotel chains get away from blocking users' individual WiFi hotspot devices as a way to force them to buy hotel or convention center Internet access, and come up with creative ways to entice guests to want to use the venue's WiFi network.

Relay2 is tight-lipped about customer wins, though did issue a press release last year to tout a big Chinese phone retail chain called DPhone installing the cloud Wi-Fi platform across more than 500 stores. CEO Greg Daily, leaning on Relay2’s status as a private company, declined to say what the company’s largest installation is.

Neither was the company revealing pricing, though says it is competitive with other hardware vendors, and that customers would buy both APs and a cloud subscription. Greenfield environments, rather than organizations with existing Wi-Fi hardware in place, has been fertile territory for Relay2, Sinclair says.

 

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