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Beyond Connectivity: How Can Wi-Fi Use Apps For Insights?

By Mathew Edwards in · Experts · March 16, 2017
In this final post of our series answering common questions on deploying a WLAN, I talk about applications and insights.

You now have all of your devices connected in a secure manner, at fast speeds, and can easily view the activity of your network from any location using cloud based management solutions ... if you have followed the guidelines outlaid in this guide, of course. 

Ok I guess that’s Wi-Fi pretty much wrapped up! Well, not quite. As we discussed at the beginning of the guide, Wi-Fi is offering a unique opportunity, with a return on investment never before seen, through information, insights, and applications. 

According to an article published by Fast Company, the smart office (powered by mobile devices, data, insight, analytics, and applications) is very real. It offers the opportunity for organizations to not only streamline their operations, but also find new ways to engage with staff. 

When discussing WLAN solutions with your vendors, you should start to move the conversation away from “how fast is it?” and “how easy is it to manage?” to “what value does it offer our organization?”

Are You Getting The Most Out Of Data Your Wi-Fi Is Collecting? 

Increasingly, WLAN solutions are utilizing their cloud back end to analyze data points collected from the mobile devices connected to your network. These data points, combined with a rich set of APIs and applications, allow your organization to tap into new business insights that can be used for a wide variety of use cases. 

What does this mean? Your Wi- Fi can be used to determine building space utilization through the tracking of devices, and identify possibilities to reduce your real estate. 

In-house applications can be created that leverage the Wi-Fi and iBeacons to communicate with your staff based on their location, creating relevant engagement and alternatives to traditional comms methods. 

How about reducing the burden on IT teams for guest administration? You can do this by integrating the guest access with Outlook, so that when a meeting is created, it automatically generates a secure PPSK for the visitor that is only valid during the meeting times, and when the visitor arrives, their device can be automatically configured for them. 

Wi-Fi is starting to offer far more value than connectivity, make sure that you see it in your vendor’s offerings before making a commitment. 

Missed a post in this series? No problem! See below for links to the previous seven installments. 

 

All posts in this WLAN Buyer's Guide series:

Part 1) Wi-Fi in 2017, 2018 And Beyond ... What Really Matters?

Part 2) What 5 Factors Should Drive Your Wi-Fi Purchase Decision?

Part 3) Setting Expectations For Your Wi-Fi Deployment Plan

Part 4) Wi-Fi Planning And The Need For Speed

Part 5) Is All Enterprise Wi-Fi Equal?

Part 6) Does Your Next WLAN Have These Five Features?

Part 7) What Does Secure Wi-Fi Look Like In 2017?

Part 8) Beyond Connectivity: How Can Wi-Fi Use Apps For Insights?

 

Mathew Edwards (@Mobility_Mat)

Mat is Manager, Product Marketing at Aerohive where he helps drive strategy and vision for Aerohive's wireless LAN solutions.