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The WBA recently outlined the recommended industry guidelines and best practices for operators to achieve high-quality In-Home Wi-Fi. With building construction and layout having a material impact on coverage of Wi-Fi within a home, it was identified that homes increasingly require Wi-Fi networks comprised of multiple access points. The complexity of delivery and management of these access points can ultimately impact performance and customer satisfaction.
In the latest stage of WBA’s In-Home Wi-Fi program, we are building on this previous report with the goal of extending it to define the standards that create the ultimate in-home Wi-Fi experience. The following executive summary provides an understanding of its scope, use cases, and path towards interoperability testing.
The In-Home Multi-AP Use Case Scope Document is brought to you by WBA Next Gen Work Group – In-Home Wi-Fi Project Team. Please contact us to find out more about the full document available to WBA members.
Wi-Fi Sensing is a new technology which enables motion detection, gesture recognition as well as biometric measurement by using existing Wi-Fi signals. It creates opportunities for service providers within the home security, health care, enterprise, and building automation/management markets and many more.
Wi-Fi Sensing technology and its applications are new with no standard that is specific to this technology. While some applications can be enabled using existing standards, there are technology gaps that limit the range of applications. Some of these gaps may be addressed via proprietary means, however such an approach would inhibit interoperability, integration, and deployment. Alternatively, there could be opportunities for the introduction of new capabilities into the Wi-Fi standards. Standard support would allow for more efficient handling of existing use-cases and enable new use-cases previously not possible.
This Wi-Fi Sensing Whitepaper provides an overview of the Wi-Fi Sensing technology, classifies the Wi-Fi Sensing use cases and requirements, and identifies the gaps in Wi-Fi standards which would lead to the enhancement of the technology and ease of deployment if those gaps are addressed. Furthermore, the paper shares a Home Monitoring case study as an example application is presented, examining topics related to testing.
The Wi-Fi & LoRaWAN® Deployment Synergies white paper illustrates new business opportunities for Mobile operators, enterprises, cities and other key Internet of Things (IoT) market players that are created when Wi-Fi networks that are traditionally built to support critical IoT are merged with LoRaWAN® networks. This paper summarizes the strengths of each technology, their individual positions in the IoT ecosystem, state their complementary nature, the way that both technologies can be easily deployed simultaneously and provide testimonials.
When utilized in conjunction with one another, Wi-Fi and LoRaWAN networks optimize a number of IoT use cases, including Smart Building/Smart Hospitality, Residential Connectivity, Automotive & Smart Transportation and many more.
This paper showcases to Wi-Fi network owners and/or network service providers how LoRaWAN® can be deployed on the top of an existing Wi-Fi network and, as a complement, will allow for operational costs optimization.
The WBA & NGMN Joint Task Force: RAN Convergence White Paper explores the importance of existing and future Wi-Fi and cellular convergence, highlighting techniques that enable convergence and identifying solutions to bridge technology gaps – critically this is a major step towards realizing the full benefits of the 5G vision enabled by Wi-Fi.
The paper outlines how mobile operators will benefit from the convergence of Wi-Fi and 5G by gaining improved visibility into Wi-Fi networks, affording them the ability to control customer experience, deliver better services to customers and provide enterprise Wi-Fi network management solutions to enterprise customers. Wi-Fi operators, meanwhile, will benefit from convergence by gaining improved visibility and transition management as they operate overlapping cellular and Wi-Fi networks, ultimately resulting in an improved user experience. Additionally, enterprise Wi-Fi networks will gain the ability to access operator-provided 5G services.
Previously WBA has outlined the new business opportunities created through the convergence of Wi-Fi and 5G – this paper outlines the ‘how’ at the network and RAN layers, we can enable these opportunities including enterprise use cases, manufacturing, public hotspots and residential applications. We outline how a new set of 5G use cases and verticals will require combined resources from both cellular and Wi-Fi networks. This will provide cost-effective solutions that meet diverse sets of requirements on throughput, latency, connection density, coverage, availability and reliability. This is especially important for smartphones that carry a significant amount of data traffic by accessing Wi-Fi. Convergence of Wi-Fi and 5G will lead to better user experience for smartphone customers and create new business opportunities for both Wi-Fi and mobile operators. As Wi-Fi 6 deployments start to mature, then convergence benefits are manifold and to benefits from the maximum ROI operators will need to address a number of challenges that exist when integrating Wi-Fi and cellular networks in enterprise, residential and public Wi-Fi deployments. In particular, the paper explores the benefits of creating a standardized interface between Wi-Fi and cellular networks to improve end-to-end network performance, elevate user experience and, ultimately, empower both mobile and Wi-Fi operators to create new business opportunities utilizing the converged technologies.
The Captive Network Portal Standards white paper defines some existing use cases, aligns user experience (UX), presents practices to consider and provides suggested guidelines for future features that can be adopted as a unified standard by client devices, client manufacturers and network hardware manufacturers.
This paper includes:
· How the current operating systems behave by Client, OS, and Version
· Key use cases for NGH/Passpoint™ with monetization opportunities
· Illustration of pre-authorization connectivity & onboarding process
· Recommendation for enhancing clients and onboarding user experience and future features
WBA’s latest white paper explores the implications of opening the 6GHz band to Wi-Fi by first clarifying what Wi-Fi 6 is and then by detailing how Wi-Fi will make use of this added spectrum. It explores the benefits and challenges of doing so, and it strives to address concerns raised by providers of public utilities, public safety and wireless backhaul, all of whom currently use the 6GHz band for vital microwave communications.
The whitepaper provides perspectives of the key drivers to growing demand for in-flight Wi-Fi access in airplanes and the evolving technical advancements in offering seamless customer experiences in connectivity from the latest in-flight solutions.
Growing demands generate new business opportunities and revenue streams for airlines and industry stakeholders to monetarize through better services, a new ecosystem and more convenient experiences offered to the passengers.
The paper covers the technical enablement that generates better backend capacity, allows frictionless connectivity and how international travellers connect via mobile sim card subscription to their mobile service provider with seamless, automatic and secure roaming.
The study summarizes the key areas of the future state of in-flight services and the potential follow-up stages for the WBA In-flight Connectivity work stream.
Automobile manufacturers globally that have integrated telematics into their vehicles can utilize Wi-Fi today and generate significant revenue for a number of use cases, including predictive maintenance and repairs, as well as over-the-air (OTA) firmware updates.
This WBA whitepaper, “The Connected Vehicle: Understanding The Wi-Fi Opportunities And Use Cases“, provides new use cases and identifies monetization opportunities which are now available for telematics services.
Learn more about the WBA’s Connected Vehicle project, click here.
In-Home Wi-Fi Industry Guidelines 2019, which identifies the gaps in current in-home Wi-Fi standards and highlights the need for intelligent network optimization. Led by CableLabs, Intel, Liberty Global and Fon, together with other members, WBA aims to tackle the challenges that have contributed to inconsistent performance in the home, including a lack of uniform coverage and visibility into the in-home Wi-Fi experience.
The paper provides an industry go-to reference when preparing for ‘Smart Home’ deployments. It identifies the gaps in current in-home Wi-Fi standards and services and highlights the need for intelligent network optimization.
WBA has proposed key guidelines and recommendations for different functional areas and as a follow up this paper identifies future lines of work and possible directions the In-Home Wi-Fi network may take.
To find out more and/or participate in the Smart Home 2025 initiative and programs please click here