Virtualized Wi-Fi Services Platform - Wifio

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Wi-Fi is everywhere; in our homes, in our work places, on the streets, in the tube stations, in the airport. Analyst predictions are showing that about 80% of all mobile and voice data traffic will be Wi-Fi based in the near future. At the same time, telecommunications and cloud providers are struggling to find new revenue streams to compete with Over the Top (OTT) providers. In this direction, they are looking to create innovative telecom and cloud services and not just remain a dump pipe.

Meanwhile, designing and managing networks has become more innovative over the past few years with the aid of Software Defined Networking (SDN). Moreover, thanks to Network Function Virtualization (NFV) the operators are able to automate their networks while avoiding "vendor lock-in".

Intracom Telecom's solution unifies heterogeneous Wi-Fi Access Points, providing a centralized network management and unified services delivery engine. The providers benefit from the solution's carrier grade virtualization, by effortlessly isolating service offerings & network slices, as if they were running on completely separate hardware, while service function chaining is just a point and click configuration, offering unprecedented flexibility in creating and marketing advanced connectivity services in minimal time-to-market.

Moreover, Intracom Telecom has implemented an extensive Out-of-the-Box network services library (incl. DHCP, VoIP, Firewall, Web-Portal, Gateway, AAA Radius, NAT, DNS, Ad-Insertion, etc.) allowing Service Providers to readily offer new services in minimal time-to-market, while new 3rd party network service functions can effortlessly be integrated when needed. Finally, Quality of Service (QoS) can be applied based on different SSIDs (Class of Service CoS), or based to applications.

Intracom Telecom's Wi-Fi Service Innovation Platform is ideal for Service Providers, municipalities, schools, malls, enterprises, sport stadiums, airports and other similar cases as it is able to configure thousands of multi-vendor Wi-Fi Access Points from a single central point, powering a vast number of services. By using a point-and-click Graphical User Interface (GUI), the administrator can create different SSIDs providing separated and isolated set of services in each network. Finally, the operator can provide innovative services at minimum time-to market with minimum capital and operational expenditures (CapEx and OpEx).

  • Unification of heterogeneous Wi-Fi Access Points, providing a centralized network management.
  • Creation of virtual operators with just a click of a button.
  • Effortless isolation of service offerings as if they were running on completely separate hardware.
  • Easy creation of Virtual Network Functions chains (VNFs).
  • Ideal for Service Providers, municipalities, schools, malls, enterprises, sport stadiums, airports.
  • Intuitive and easy-to-use Graphical User Interface.

Benefits

  • Accelerates the deployment of Wi-Fi network services.
  • Seamlessly orchestrates services across the whole network.
  • Manages Wi-Fi APs centrally in a vendor agnostic environment.
  • Shares infrastructure with service and content providers.
  • Minimizes CAPEX and OPEX costs.
  • Minimizes time to market for new network services.
  • Creates multiple new revenue channels through ad-hoc network instantiation.

Crowd Sensing and COVID-19

wifio enables Wi-Fi infrastructure owners with multi-vendor network topology to be notified about crowd concentration in the vicinity of their Access Point devices, allowing them to aid in respecting appropriate social distancing regulations and fighting the Covid 19 pandemic.

Wifio is able to communicate with a wide range of different WLAN Controllers used by Wi-Fi infrastructure owners to manage their Access Points and retrieve aggregated statistics from them, revealing the number of Wi-Fi devices that are near each Access Point and alerting relevant people, of the infrastructure owner, when a significant increase in crowd concentration is detected thus ensuring observance of social distancing and limiting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Wi-Fi roaming

Wifio platform supports Wi-Fi roaming even in a multivendor environment. A Wi-Fi infrastructure owner can use wifio so his/her end user is able to roam between Wi-Fi networks using a secure way (user name& password) or seamlessly without the need to re authenticate each time it roams. Wifio supports the latest hotsport 2 roaming standard. This technology gives the device the liberty to hop (roaming) from one hotspot on a network to another without the need log in to each hotspot. It is based upon the IEEE 802.11u protocol. The connection is protected by WPA 2 security that guarantees secured wireless network, with no risk of stolen data or other cyber-threats

Smart City Evolution

Cities should avail themselves of the opportunities that IoT technologies offer on their way to become Smarter. Practically, that means that more and more dummy things will be Wi-Fi capable and sometimes Wi-Fi Hot Spots too. Therefore, the number of Wi-Fi Access Points across the city is increased. As Intracom Telecom's Virtualized Wi-Fi Services Platform can manage centrally the most of them, there is a big opportunity for extra monetization among the city.

Virtualization of Heterogeneous Wi-Fi APs

Wi-Fi Infrastructure Unification

One of the most common challenges for network operators is the management of a collection of disparate and heterogeneous Wi-Fi Access Points due to the hardness of offering "universal" services across the entire network. Intracom Telecom's Virtualized Wi-Fi Services Platform unifies all the Access Points by provisioning the vendor's controllers or directly controlling the Access Points. In conclusion, the network access infrastructure owner can utilize his/her existing legacy equipment and there is no need for buying new expensive state-of-the-art machines.

As it is shown in the figure, all Access Points are managed centrally using Intracom Telecom's Access Point Manager. The Access Point Manager is a modules placed in OpenDaylight which uses protocols like SNMP and CAPWAP to configure the vendor's controllers or directly the Access Points.

Use Case: Smart Lighting with Virtualized Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi Connected Schools

Today's generation of students is unlike any other. These little digital natives and their beloved mobile devices are attached at the hip. They keep their mobile devices on them at all times and expect connectivity. Therefore, as our society continues to become more and more gadget addicted, Wi-Fi Connected schools becomes inevitable. Similarly, in the high schools and universities in which the wireless connectivity is vital across the facilities. Intracom Telecom's Virtualized Wi-Fi Services Platform is the best solution for schools cases unifying and managing all Wi-Fi APs centrally and offering very easily virtual networks like students, teachers, accountants, etc, while giving managing role to each school for its own virtual networks.

Wi-Fi Connected Schools diagram