Competition is fierce in the in-building Wi-Fi space, but Cisco recently one-upped the
competition last week by offering CleanAir application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) technology. According to this Urgent Communications article, competitors have software solutions to address the interference problem, but embedding the solution directly into the ASIC is the core of competitive differentiation.
“The technology has a number of implications, said Chris Kozup, senior manager, mobility solutions with Cisco. An intuitive air-quality index — think of a spectral version of a pollution index — offers an assessment of the severity of the interference impacting an AP and has the ability to self-heal and self-optimize the network by changing resource management to improve reliability without IT intervention. In addition, security and network policy are enhanced, because network managers can more easily find rogue devices connected from both outside and inside the enterprise.
“Competitors have software solutions to address the interference problem, but embedding the solution directly into the ASIC is the core of competitive differentiation, Kozup said. And that is what is rubbing competitors raw.”