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Wireless architecture used in enterprise mobility

Posted: 09 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wi-NG? wireless next generation? Symbol Technologies?

Symbol Technologies Inc. announced plans to bring to market its wireless next generation (Wi-NG) architecture, which aims to help businesses deploy and manage wireless voice, data and infrastructure devices throughout the RF spectrum. The architecture is said to enable the consolidation of Wi-Fi, RFID, voice-over WLAN, mesh and WiMAX networks in an integrated RF switching platform. Symbol's Wi-NG architecture will enable fixed-mobile convergence.

The cornerstone of the architecture is the modular Linux-based OS that provides a separation between infrastructure, services, application and management layers. According to Sujai Hajela, vice president of engineering at Symbol's wireless infrastructure division, Wi-NG takes advantage of multiple hardware platforms and multiple-processor systems to enable scalable wireless solutions.

Wi-NG includes integrated RF management features to monitor and manage wireless devices to assist in planning, evaluating and monitoring the Wi-Fi network. Symbol's RF management with wireless intrusion protection system is said to enable businesses to extend location-based services throughout the enterprise, and locate devices and disarm potential threats.

The Wi-NG architecture also enables Layer 3 roaming to handle multi-floor or large-scale campus-wide deployments. It aims to provide persistent connectivity to dual-mode cellular/Wi-Fi handheld devices. Wi-NG supports broadband wireless technologies, including 802.11n, WiMAX, GPRS and EV-DO, and integrates multiple Wi-Fi networks in a LAN. Dual-mode VoIP phones will switch back-and-forth between the Wi-Fi network and the cellular carrier.

Symbol's WS5100 wireless switch will be its first product to use Wi-NG. The switch will offer 802.11 mesh networking.

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