iBwave Now Offers Wi‑Fi Collection and On‑Site Design
Industry standard network design platform addressing the wireless industry shift to multi-technology networks
MONTREAL, CANADA, May 6, 2015 – iBwave, the global standard for in-building software and training, is delighted to announce the release of enhanced Wi-Fi capabilities in its industry standard network design software platform, enabling Wi-Fi and cellular indoor designs to be performed in a single tool. iBwave products have supported Wi-Fi since 2006 and with the technology’s increasing popularity and growth, the company is proud to now offer many new Wi-Fi features on its tablet-based application iBwave Mobile and its flagship software iBwave Design – including collection and on-site design.
With demand for indoor wireless data quickly increasing, operators are offloading data traffic to less expensive and more flexible small cell and Wi-Fi networks, especially in crowded venues. Given this shift toward multi-technology networks, iBwave has applied the thoroughness of its industry standard cellular network design software to Wi-Fi, creating a world class carrier grade Wi-Fi design platform. The company sees this release as a first step toward addressing the carrier-grade Wi-Fi network design market.
“iBwave is well positioned to emphasize Wi-Fi planning because of its expertise in carrier grade technologies,” says Mario Bouchard, President & CEO at iBwave. “Five years ago, Wi-Fi technology was pretty basic, but with all the new protocol releases, it is much closer to LTE today. We are used to designing for the LTE modulation scheme and the way the traffic is handled, so handling Wi-Fi the same way is easy for us.”
iBwave has developed its own Wi-Fi RF data collection tool in iBwave Mobile, the company’s mobile app for indoor wireless professionals on the go. The collection tool enables seamless integration of the collected data into iBwave Design, increasing efficiency and accuracy for optimal carrier-grade Wi-Fi designs. iBwave Mobile now also offers the ability to create Wi-Fi and cellular designs directly from the field on a mobile device. This, paired with iBwave Design’s existing Wi-Fi design capabilities, means Wi-Fi and cellular networks for any venue can be planned and designed in a single file format.
“Collaboration between Wi-Fi and cellular design teams is becoming important as integrated multi-technology networks take shape” says Benoit Fleury, VP Products & Innovation at iBwave. “Our product suite has been enhanced to ensure that the shift toward multi-technology networks can be effectively addressed with a single design toolkit for all stakeholders in the indoor wireless industry.”
The Wi-Fi enhancements add to many other innovations iBwave is releasing today, including automated integration with all main RF collection tool vendors and one-click report generation, saving hours of work for our customers. For more information on this release, please visit What’s New in iBwave Designand What’s New in iBwave Mobile.
iBwave Solutions, the standard for converged indoor network planning is the power behind great in-building wireless experience, enabling billions of end users and devices to connect inside a wide range of venues. As the global industry reference, our software solutions allow for smarter planning, design and deployment of any project regardless of size, complexity or technology. Along with innovative software, we are recognized for world class support in 90 countries, industry’s most comprehensive components database and a well-established certification program. For more information visit: ibwave.com
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