A Vancouver-based wireless equipment maker plans to install network management software on its hardware, which will be aimed at companies wanting a mixture of WiMAX and Wi-Fi gear in their networks.
Tranzeo Wireless Technologies Inc. announced last week it plans to include AirSync software, developed by San Diego-based Proximetry Inc., in its radios.
AirSync is designed to monitor wireless networks and make adjustments to ensure the operator meets the service levels required for each user.
“What Proximetry sells is a completely self-managed autonomous system,” said Dave Gelvin, Tranzeo’s USA president. “Their software will manage the entire network, change bandwidth on the fly and all that, based on data statistics.”
Network management has become a key feature of wireless equipment, said Craig Mathias, principal of the Ashland, Mass.-based Farpoint Group.
“We tend to think in the wireless world about the radio and wireless and mobility and all that clever stuff, but it’s really the operational side of any installation that determines whether or not it will succeed,” Mathias said. “Having that comprehensive network management, provisioning and all the stuff that Proximetry does will add a lot to their product line.” Tranzeo says with the AirSync software, network operators can monitor and manage all the radios in their networks, whether they are using the WiMAX or the Wi-Fi standard.
WiMAX, which stands for Wireless Interoperability for Microwave Access, is based on Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.16 standards and is designed to allow transfer rates of up to 40 Mbps per channel over a wide-area.
Wi-Fi, which is based on the IEEE 802.11 standards, is designed for local-area networks, has less bandwidth than WiMAX and has ranges of up to 100 metres.
This makes Wi-Fi suitable for an office, but not for wider areas, causing some Wi-Fi users to consider using WiMAX, rather than cable, as a backhaul technology, said Carlton O’Neal, Proximetry’s vice-president of marketing and business development.
“A lot of those guys are saying, ‘Hey, we set up Wi-Fi networks ourselves, we’re happy to setup our own WiMAX network too,’” O’Neal said. “They’re not really sitting around waiting for carriers to come and offer them service.”
WiMAX is used by some carriers to provide voice and data services over licensed spectrum. But petrochemical companies, electrical utilities and municipalities might also be in the market for the equipment because they have sites suitable for base stations, O’Neal said.