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The 4 more requested features for WiFi professionals

The 4 more requested features for WiFi professionals
The WiFi technology is evolving fast (WiFi 5, also known as 802.11ac, and soon WiFi 6, also known as 802.11ax) and so are the needs of our partners. We at Tanaza are focused on our customers’ development and are thus choosing new features to develop according to their needs and the market.

In this article, we list the 4 most requested feature ideas under consideration to develop in the near future.
We strongly encourage you to upvote these features on our community website, success.tanaza.com.

 

Making our WiFi software compatible with 3G/4G devices

 

Supporting 3G and 4G devices with Tanaza software is one of the most requested features by our customers.

Many of our customers already use the workaround that suggests adding via an ethernet cable a Tanaza powered access point to their 3G/4G device. Nevertheless, sometimes either for lack of fiber/DSL internet connection or for mobility requirements, an ethernet connection is not available.

By supporting 3G/4G devices, Tanaza customers could directly set up a captive portal on a SIM card, and manage networks remotely in many locations. This feature is particularly useful when working in the public transportation sector such as buses and trains.
For example, a travel company could equip their buses with 3G/4G devices and provide WiFi to their customers en route. The company could decide to offer the service for free or to create a paid WiFi hotspot.

To help its customers develop their project in the public transportation sector, Tanaza is considering to support medium-priced 3G/4G devices like the DLINK DWR 953 and DWR 921 that both use a sim card.

Possible scenario: a bus company equips their buses with 3G/4G devices and sets up a captive portal with coupon authentication. The first coupon offered is configured with a limited number of devices and a limited time session, but the service is offered free-of-charge.
WiFi users can decide to buy a second coupon to enjoy unlimited bandwidth and an unlimited time session on the WiFi network.

Integration of a self-service payment system (like PayPal) into the Tanaza splash page

 

Integrate a self-service payment system into the Tanaza splash page would simplify and expedite the process for WiFi solution providers of setting up a paid WiFi network.

Indeed, Tanaza already features a couponing system that allows online payment for WiFi users.

The current experience for the WiFi user is the following:

  1. The user clicks on the external link on the Tanaza splash page
  2. The user redirected to a payment webpage created by the WiFi network administrator
  3. The user purchases the coupon on this webpage and receives a code
  4. Once authenticated, the user must click on a link to get back to the Tanaza splash page.
  5. Finally, the user enters the coupon code on the Tanaza splash page to access to the internet.

On the other hand, by integrating a self-service payment system, like Paypal, directly into the Tanaza splash page, the WiFi network administrator would just have to add it to the splash page editor, configure the process coupon purchase process and deliver the password to the WiFi user. In this scenario, the experience of WiFi users would be simpler.

This feature is particularly useful for satellite providers, internet solution providers and wireless internet solution providers to monetize their WiFi infrastructures. For example, an integrated self-service payment system could allow satellite providers to easily sell internet access to WiFi solution providers and distribute WiFi in many places worldwide.

Integrate Tanaza WiFi with property management systems (PMS)

 

Tanaza has many customers working in the  hospitality sector where a couponing system is particularly needed. Tanaza features a couponing system that facilitates network deployment for hotel managers, especially when setting up different SSIDs and configuring bandwidth control per SSID, number of connected devices per person, number of concurrent users per SSID, customised password, time session and so on.

Nevertheless, hotel managers could further utilize their guest management system if they had the possibility to integrate Tanaza together with a property management system.

A property management system (or PMS) is a software application used to coordinate front office operational functions like sales and planning, guest bookings, guest information, online booking, room numbers, added services and so on.


By integrating a PMS together with Tanaza, hotel managers could check on a single platform details about individual guests together with the SSID they are connected to, the number of devices connected, the amount of bandwidth consumed etc. From a monitoring and management point of view, PMS and Tanaza could bring a real added-value to managers working in the hospitality sector.

Tanaza Hotspot system available without flashing on top of Ruckus and Aerohive devices

 

Tanaza recently developed the Tanaza hotspot system for Meraki Cisco users and is now thinking about developing the Tanaza hotspot system without flashing for Ruckus and Aerohive. The aim is to offer WiFi solution providers the possibility to work with enterprise-level hardware vendors, like Ruckus or Aerohive, and enjoy a full set of hotspot management features.

Moreover, compared to other WiFi hotspot software on the market, Tanaza does not set a limit per concurrent users of splash page views on a WiFi network, allowing WiFi professionals to fully leverage their public networks.

By integrating the Tanaza hotspot system without flashing, WiFi professionals could keep using their devices with the original network management system while configuring the hotspot part on the Tanaza cloud-based platform. Tanaza’s hotspot features include the splash page editor, the couponing system, the captive portal with different authentication methods, and the advertising tool, to name a few.

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Cisco Visual Networking Index update about the global IP traffic from 2016 to 2021

Cisco Visual Networking Index update about the global IP traffic from 2016 to 2021

Cisco released an update to their Visual Networking Index, highlighting the increase in IoT applications and in data consumed by mobile devices worldwide.

The global digital transformation is getting faster and increasing considerably these last five years. The direct impact is the high demand and requirements of IP network infrastructures.
The number of internet users is growing and it is predicted that 58% of the worldwide population should have access to the internet by 2021.

To mention, the rise in the machine-to-machine (IoT) connections that represented almost 50% of the total IP traffic in 2016. IoT innovation is growing fast in many different sectors such as connected home, healthcare, and smart transportation services.

In 2021, the WiFi and mobile-connected devices are expected to generate 73% of total IP traffic, an increase of +10 points from 2016. Moreover, the total number of public WiFi hotspots and homespots will grow from 94 million in 2016, to 541.6 million by 2021. Public hotspots will mainly be concentrated in China, Us, Japan, and France. WiFi infrastructures will be deployed in many different sectors such as hospitality, education, public transportation and healthcare

Cisco Visual Networking Index update about the global IP traffic from 2016 to 2021
Cisco Visual Networking Index update about the global IP traffic from 2016 to 2021
In addition to this increase in WiFi hotspots, the average broadband speed is rising too, from 27.5 Mbps to 53.0 Mbps projected in 2021, allowing internet users to access many online services such as video viewing that should represent 82% of the total IP traffic in 2021.

The challenge for Internet Service Providers implementing public hotspots will be to deploy better WiFi network infrastructures while dealing with the increasing number of personal devices and number of concurrent users together with the high demand for bandwidth.

Tanaza developed the Access Point Selector to help network administrators when deploying WiFi infrastructures. This free tool allows professionals to select the right model of hardware based on a WiFi project (taking into consideration the type of location, the coverage area and the usage of the network). Many of WiFi professionals relied on the Access Point Selector for their WiFi deployment and took advantage of the Tanaza multi-vendor aspect to increase their business opportunities. 

We selected only a few of the statistics that grabbed our attention, but if you want more information about the global IP traffic in 2016-2021, you can read the original article by clicking here.

About Facebook, the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and WiFi apps using Facebook Login

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Facebook recently announced restrictions on data usage by third party applications, including WiFi applications using Facebook Login.

 

​On 21st March 2018 Mark Zuckerberg shared a post about the Cambridge Analytica scandal (read it here).

He reassured Facebook users’ about how their personal data are treated and, basically, took ​the blame for not protecting personal data as users would expect Facebook to do.

At the same time, he announced some future “restrictions” on data usage by third-party applications, like the ones used by Tanaza and its partners to allow Facebook Login to WiFi networks.

Unfortunately, the first restrictions were applied overnight without any previous communication to app developers.
From our own analysis, Facebook now requests developers to provide https URLs in applications. An alert appears, informing users that they are not forced to activate this option immediately, but they might be in the future.

Tanaza login applications for WiFi access to Facebook are perfectly working and no downtime has been registered on our systems due to the recent changes made by Facebook. However, some of our white label customers might experience issues or might receive alerts in relations to their login apps: we have already studied all the alerts shown in the Facebook Developers platform and described them in our article, with suggestions about what to do if you’re using Tanaza with Facebook login as a White Label Partner.

Other changes might possibly happen in the next weeks, as announced by Zuckerberg himself. We’ll keep you posted during the next days and weeks in relation to any changes happening within the Facebook Developers platform that might affect your systems.

For any questions, please drop an email to success@tanaza.com and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible.

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.
I
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, also known as WiFi 5, standard 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.
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