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CRA & ANAS will develop Smart highways with WiFi in Italy

CRA & ANAS will develop Smart highways with WiFi in Italy

Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) and ANAS, the Italian road agency, are partnered together to develop smart highways across Italy.

 

2017 has been the “thing of the future” year with many smart objects developed and big progress made in terms of smart vehicles.
Italy is following this trend by revolutionizing the highway infrastructures thanks to “flying poles”.
In fact, if autonomous driving, smart objects and real-time communication are arriving on the market, then infrastructures need to be at the cutting edge of development.

 

To do so, CRA and ANAS are working together to modernize Italian highways by installing smart poles with Wi-Fi at least on 2.500 kilometers.
These smart poles will be settled at regular intervals and will have diverse functionalities. The first one is to enable drones to relay information to autonomous driving cars, and to authorities on Italian highways. The drones will be also used to deliver first-aid equipment in case of roadside accident.

The second one is to collect information in real-time about mobility and traffic data. The poles will gather information about the pollution levels, the wind speed, the humidity, and other weather conditions that will help drivers to be informed about road conditions.
Last but not least, information will be transmitted through Wi-Fi hotspots. Each smart pole will be equipped with a wireless device to give drivers the possibility to access a seamless Wi-Fi network over these 2.500 kilometers.

 

Carlo Ratti, one of the CRA’s founders, declared that “with this project, we aim to superimpose a digital layer over the physical infrastructure of our road network, to gather better data about our highways”. Moreover, he strongly believes that autonomous vehicles are the future and that  highways will become soon the “Internet of Roads” with Wi-Fi as a team player.

Vancouver deploys the biggest free WiFi networks in Canada

Vancouver deploys the biggest free WiFi networks in Canada

The Mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Roberston announced that the city’s free Wi-Fi public will be expanded, making it the largest free Wi-Fi network in Canada.

VanWiFi is a public free Wi-Fi network deployed in 2015, firstly for only 42 locations.
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n 2016, Shaw, the leading network company in Canada, has been chosen to expand the VanWiFi over 15 additional locations including outdoor public spaces like Canada Place, Jim Deva Plaza, English Bay, Oppenheimer Park, and Sunset Beaches.

The final objective is to allow residents, tourists, and businesses to enjoy free internet connection over 600 locations in the coming months.
550 free Wi-Fi hotspots are already active.
Gregor Roberston declared that “people are more digitally connected than ever and good public Wi-Fi access enables locals and visitors to more easily connect and interact online and supports Vancouver’s tourism and economic success”.

 

Indeed, public Wi-Fi is a real plus for local tourism, allowing travellers to enjoy city services and find what they are looking for easily. According to Ted Little, CFO and commercial director with Tourism Vancouver, the expansion of VanWiFi will enable “visitors to […] discover attractions, activities and restaurants, for wayfinding, and to navigate Vancouver’s transportation options”.

Moreover, restaurateurs, bars and cafés owners are enthusiasts cause they know how social media can impact their business. By offering free connectivity, people will be willing to share more content on social media and, by consequence, increase the social visibility of these locations.

 

If VanWiFi achieves its goal of 600 Wi-Fi hotspots, it will become the third largest free Wi-Fi network in North-America, right behind New-york City and Washington D.C’s networks.
Gregor Robertson wants visitors to share their Vancouver experience with the world and hopes that the city will become a smart tourism destination.

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CES 2018: five interesting Wi-Fi news

CES is one of the biggest meetings for businesses of consumer technologies to present their new products and speak about the main innovations. The CES 2018 took place in Las Vegas on the 9-12th January. More than 4K companies came to exhibit their products and share their thoughts about their industry.

So, what’s new? What are the main innovations with in the wireless industry for 2018?
We made a list of notable products presented during the CES 2018. This list is not exhaustive.

 

Wi-Fi Alliance announced the WPA3

During the CES 2018, Wi-Fi Alliance announced the new wireless security protocol, WPA3. For more information, read this article.

 

802.11ax

Intel announced the new IEEE standard for Wi-Fi, the 802.11ax chipsets. This new standard is designed to be faster and smoother while streaming online content, online gaming, video calls, etc.

 

D-Link and McAfee new Wi-Fi router

The D-Link AC2600 WI-FI router, in collaboration with McAfee, is the all-in-one solution for consumers who are looking for a powerful router together with strong security. The D-Link AC2600 is a dual-band 802.11ac router with MU-MIMO technology to enhance networks capacity and efficiency. The McAfee Secure Home Platform is already integrated to guarantee the automatic protection of all devices connected to the network.
The executive vice-president of McAfee, John Giamatteo, said that “[their] partnership with D-Link helps consumers benefit from both increased connectivity and peace of mind knowing that their connected devices are protected”.

 

Asus released the “Blue cave”, the router with a big hole

With the Blue Cave, Asus is renewing the Wi-Fi router design! The particularity of this router is its big blue hole in the middle.
This router is a dual-band 802.11ac and has a data speeds up to 2600 Mbps.
The device is integrated with a TrendMicro’s Smart Home Network lifetime licence, to ensure all devices connected to the network are under protection. This router promises fast connectivity to stream 4K video, and the ability to support more simultaneous users than other routers on the market. Asus did not communicate the official price of this new Wi-Fi router, but the expected price is around $180.
Asus clearly made his mark with its crazy designed Wi-Fi routers, check pictures here!

 

NetGear and its Orbi Wi-Fi System

“More Wi-Fi in more places”, this is the objective of NetGear with its Orbi new system RBK23W that covers homes up to 5.000 square feet with up to 2.2 Gbps. The package includes an Orbi Wi-Fi router and two wall plug satellites to replace the basic router and its extenders. The innovation resides in its tri-band Wi-Fi and aims to maximise the internet speeds for home networks.

The Wi-Fi industry is still growing as analysts predict that by 2020, the smart home technology global market should arise the $100 billion.
Moreover, analysts estimate that one home could have more than 35 connected devices.
In conclusion, consumers are expecting faster and smoother Wi-Fi, together with the ability to connect many devices.

The end of 2G internet subscription in India

According to projections made by CyberMedia Research, it is likely that there will be no 2G internet subscribers in India by the first quarter of 2020.

The number of 2G internet subscribers in India has been declining so rapidly due to the plummeting price of mobile data rates in India and it is estimated that by the end of 2019, 2G internet subscriptions will be discontinued and be replaced by offers with 4G cellular capabilities.

The decline rate of narrowband internet has quadrupled since Reliance Jio’s entry into the Indian wireless market in 2016 and has brought about the rising availability of low-cost 4G entry-level bundles. Reliance Jio’s partnerships with a variety of low-cost smartphone vendors have also led to competing mobile network operators in India, like Airtel and Vodafone, to launch new-and-improved offers with 4G mobile phones.

What does this mean for the spread of wireless broadband in India?

“The declining prices per GB of 4G data and penetration of services in tier 3 cities and rural geographies of the country is only going to further expedite the process of all subscribers accessing the internet over wireless to be on 4G or broadband,” stated Faisal Kawoosa, Principal Analyst for Telecommunications and ESDM, CMR said in a report.

With the decrease in mobile prices and the widespread penetration of 4G cellular services in rural areas and tier 3 cities in India, facilitated by mobile operators like Jio, Airtel, and Vodafone, users currently using 2G internet services throughout India are currently being prompted to switch-over to 4G or wireless broadband throughout India.

The 4 best Wi-Fi analyzer apps to boost your network speed

wifi analyzer apps

Check out our list of the 4 best Wi-Fi analyzer apps that help boosting your network speed and improving your Wi-Fi signal strength.

If you want to optimise your network you should download one of the following Wi-Fi analyzer apps on your Android or iOS device. A Wi-Fi analyzer and scanner is a valuable tool for both IT professionals and home users as it provides a wide range of detailed information about the performance of your Wi-Fi connection, such as: Wi-Fi channels scanning, Wi-Fi signal strength detection, SSIDs discovery, number of devices connected to Wi-Fi hotspots, etc. In this way, network admins can check the channels in the area they’re operating on and choose the less crowded ones, so as to minimise interferences and signal dropouts and enjoy faster Wi-Fi speeds.

 

1. Test your Wi-Fi signal strength with WiFi Analyzer for Android

 

networkanalyzerThis Wi-Fi scanner app shows the Wi-Fi channels being used around your area and provides a Wi-Fi signal strenght tester that allows you to detect how strong your signal is. In this way, when setting up your WLAN deployment you will know where to better position your Wi-Fi access points for a better signal coverage and faster wireless network connection. WiFi Analyzer provides a very intuitive graphical representation of the channels nearby and helps you choosing the less congested ones.

 

 

Image source: Uptodown

 

2. Manage your Wi-Fi network directly on your device with WiFi Manager for Android

 

wifimanagerThe WiFi Manager analyzer tool is ideal for network monitoring and management and delivers useful information, i.e. network speed data, signal strength of your connection, list of SSID and networks, so as to improve the quality of your Wi-Fi directly on your device.

Further, should you operate on different SSID, it automatically connects you to the most reliable one.

The visual representation of detailed connection and network information is very intuitive and included in the app’s home screen widgets.

 

 

 

Image source: Google Play Store

 

3. Enjoy a great user experience with Netx for Android

 

wifianalyzernetxThis handy tool for network discovery and scanning comes with a neat and simple user interface, allowing you to view the detected information through both graphs and ratings.

This Wi-Fi analyzer app shows SSIDs, signal strength and channels in use. Also, it scans the devices connected to your network and displays their related information, including IP Address, MAC Address and vendor info.

What is more, Netx is equipped with a network security feature that sends you alerts if unknown devices connect to your network.

 

 

 

Image source: Google Play Store

 

4. Test your network speed with Network Analyzer by Techet for iOS

 

network analyzer iOSThis WiFi analyzer app is available on the App Store for iOS devices only, both iPhone and iPad.

Among its effective features, this tool scans your WiFi LAN, by filtering all network devices around you and discovering their SSID and IP addresses, and detects issues in your network configuration, internet connectivity and even remote servers.

This WiFi scanner application comes with a fast internet speed tool that allows you to test both download and upload speeds, see the results with graphs and view your previous results in history.

 

 

 

 

Image source: Apple Store

WPA3: what are the main changes to the wireless security standard

On Monday, 8th of January, Wi-Fi Alliance, the non-profit organisation that promotes Wi-Fi technology and certifies Wi-Fi products, introduced “enhancement and new features for Wi-Fi Protected Access” .

After the KRACK attack and the discovery of WPA2 security problem that was putting at hijack risk all WPA2-compatible device like routers, computers and smartphones, Wi-Fi Alliance has announced a new security protocol: WPA3. WPA3 is a substitute for WPA2 (the wireless security standard since 2004) and should be landed later in 2018.

Four new capabilities will be launched in 2018 as part of the Wi-Fi certified WPA3. These features, available for personal and Wi-Fi networks enterprises, consist in delivering more robust protection regarding user’s password to access a Wi-Fi network and simplifying the security configuration for devices with a limited, or no display interface.

For example, a WPA3 key improvement aims to block “dictionary attacks”, or when a hacker tries to gain unauthorised access to a computer system by using a large set of words to generate potential passwords.
The new security protocol should prevent hackers from guessing a list of potential passwords to access a Wi-Fi network. Moreover, the hacker will be blocked after too many failed password thanks to its new handshake system ( WPA2 currently uses a four-way handshake).

Another interesting change touches on the open Wi-Fi networks. Open Wi-Fi networks are all networks in public spaces like café, airport, parks… that are not encrypted and so risky for the user whose data could be intercepted by a hacker.
WPA3 will use individualized data encryption that muddles the connection between each device on a network and the router. By doing so, WPA3 prevents hackers from stealing data or modifying websites. 


Obviously, building a new wireless security standard takes time, and WPA3 won’t substitute WPA2 before few months, but Wi-Fi Alliance underlined the necessity of updating Wi-Fi security in a modern society where the Wi-Fi demand is increasing.