Cisco Primes Wireless Networks for New Age of Mobility Services

Cisco Systems announced an expansion to its Unified Wireless Network Solution that allows customers to simply and effectively roll out an array of new mobility services including security, guest access, voice over Wi-Fi, and location-based services.

As wireless local area networks (WLANs) gain pervasive adoption throughout enterprise markets and vertical industries, Cisco has developed solutions and applications as well as application programming interfaces (APIs) for partners to capitalize on WLAN ubiquity. To meet the requirements of these ecosystems, Cisco is delivering an assembly of its Mobility Services as an integral part of Cisco’s Services Oriented Network Architecture (SONA). SONA is an architectural framework that guides customers’ evolution to an intelligent network to accelerate applications, business processes, and profitability. With this unified architectural approach, customers can easily deploy scalable applications that can be implemented across wireline and wireless networks.

“Cisco’s Wireless LAN unification strategy and execution has been a model of success,” said Joel Conover, research director at Current Analysis. “Cisco has consistently delivered feature integration and enhancements faster than expected, outperforming competitors in the market. Cisco has been able to deliver synergistic security and mobility features, while competitors are turning to external partnerships or simply failing to deliver comparable functionality.”

“Mobility services, such as voice, guest access, security and location, are just the tip of the iceberg for what is to come,” said Brett Galloway, vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Wireless Networking Business Unit. “These services are the foundation to enable a host of new applications, such as IT asset tracking, presence-based applications, dual-mode voice, integrated intrusion detection and prevention, and guest access. Each of these new emerging applications also delivers compelling, tangible business cases that can improve operational efficiencies and reduce costs.”