802.11 (Wi-Fi) WLANs have enjoyed enormous growth. Through the use of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) Wi-Fi has expanded into standard voice communications. A major benefit to the Vivato Wi-Fi system is that it can easily integrate into existing networks, either wired or wireless. All of the Vivato smart antennae based products use standardized 10/100 Ethernet and TCP/IP protocols and can communicated easily to other standardized network equipment.
The term Smart City has recently been used to categorize cities that have several progressive initiatives, which include wireless data networks to increase the citys internal efficiencies thus increasing the safety to the citizens and visitors. Smart cities have found new ways to drive retail commerce, tourism and economic development using new standardized wireless technologies. This paper from Vivato reviews the use of wireless Wi-Fi technology in cities, and the enabling of new municipality and public applications.
As Wi-Fi swept into private homes and small offices at a record setting pace, enterprises lagged behind, particularly due to the security concerns of enterprise IT managers. These concerns were validated when the standard Wi-Fi security method, Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), was compromised. As a result, most enterprise users were denied the inherent productivity of high-speed mobile network computing. Understandably, security concerns excluded the use of WLANs in Department of Defense networks as well as in many healthcare and financial institutions.
Metropolitan Wireless LAN (WLAN), or Wi-Fi, deployments have been limited to date, typically restricted to what has become known as ""HotSpots"" in coffee shops and bookstores for public access and municipal facilities for the citys workforce. Recently cities around the world have announced plans to create urban or metropolitan HotZones that aggregate a collection of hot spots. This paper from Vivato offers a major expansion to the concept of the WLAN HotZone creating a ""Metro scale"" HotZone or true Wireless Metropolitan Area Network (WMAN) for the hot city.