Cisco announced the launch of the world’s first commercial trial deployment of OpenRoaming in Canary Wharf, UK. OpenRoaming will allow devices to automatically connect to Wi-Fi 6 networks without having to log in. The system is built on the HotSpot 2.0 standard.
Wi-Fi 6 uses channel sharing to increase network efficiency. It reduces latency in environments with high user density. OpenRoaming is a federation that includes CISCO and identity providers such as Samsung and Boingo. According to CISCO, the joint initiative was expected to provide up to four times faster wireless speeds by deploying Cisco Wi-Fi 6 access points. Location-based analytics that comes along with this will allow clients to build services for the customers, Canary Wharf Group officials said.
How Does It help?
“Canary Wharf will also help landlords and tenants to understand how their real estate is being used, with data analytics to drive efficiency in workspace design using Cisco DNA Spaces. Further, it enables over-the-top use cases such as location-based services, end-user engagement and wayfinding to enable individuals to find the meeting room or retail store they are looking for,” the companies said.
Secure and Flexible Model
The system was expected to help 5G and Wi-Fi 6 networks work in jointly. Identity providers will help user auto-authenticate.
Security threats like Man-in-the-middle attacks and over the air sniffing will be avoided by adhering to global security standards.
“For the real estate industry, next-generation connectivity is a critical utility. Extending the value of our services well beyond office space, our customers are demanding access to world-class digital infrastructure and connectivity,” George Iacobesco, Executive Chairman, Canary Wharf Group said.