Ruckus SmartCell Insight leverages big data to enable operators to extract maximum value from the data generated by wifi networks.
Ruckus Wireless has launched Ruckus SmartCell Insight, the first carrier-class WiFi analytics platform capable of archiving years of historical operational data that can be generated by up to hundreds of thousands of Ruckus Smart WiFi access points and millions of client WiFi sessions on mobile network operator (MNO) and large enterprise WiFi networks.
Ruckus SmartCell Insight represents a fundamental new approach to measuring, assessing and troubleshooting large-scale WiFi networks using Big Data technology and techniques.
The industry’s only software-based reporting, data repository and analytics engine designed and developed specifically for service providers and large enterprise networks, SmartCell Insight empowers network operators with essential WiFi analytics to help them determine the long-term health and behavior of their WiFi networks and the efficiency of the services provided over them.
Network operators of all types are rapidly deploying carrier-grade WiFi as one of the standard and cornerstone radio access network (RAN) technologies used by subscribers to access the mobile Internet. Once deployed, getting the most from a carrier WiFi network requires clear visibility into its performance as well as user activity, at both granular and aggregate levels of detail to measure global trends spanning many years.
However, until now, the tools to provide detailed business and network analytics for large carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks have simply not existed. Changing mobile Internet usage patterns coupled with exploding volumes of users, devices and traffic have created new challenges for conventional management and reporting systems. These systems must now enable long-term trend analysis to support network and service evolution planning.
"Operators want and need this level of visibility to assess if the WiFi networks they are building are actually meeting the objectives of their business," said Selina Lo, president and CEO of Ruckus Wireless."SmartCell Insight is the first carrier solution on the market to do this by delivering detailed analytics in an easy to use, customisable and highly scalable fashion."
"The industry has not thought of carrier class WiFi before, meaning WiFi that is guaranteed to be better than cellular," said Sami Susiaho, head of Edge Technologies for BSkyB. "Knowing what is going on in the WiFi network is essential to delivering a carrier quality WiFi service, but this information can only be used effectively if the insight lives and is easily accessible within the WiFi network.
"We aren’t interested in more data crunching, stat spewing software. Rather, we are looking for WiFi data and analytics capabilities that help us understand what’s going on and tie directly into our WiFi infrastructure so we can take action and automate changes that might be required. This is what SmartCell Insight is really all about."