This sponsored podcast is another in our series of recordings made at HP Discover 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Once again, our special thanks to Chris Young for bringing us technical guests and not just fluffy marketing folks.
Technical Marketing Engineer at HP Networking Yarnin Israel and Senior Research Scientist at HP Labs Souvik Sen join Packet Pushers co-hosts Greg Ferro and Ethan Banks for a discussion about HP’s Location Aware Wireless technology.
This isn’t a tedious discussion about sticking access points on the ceiling and providing a BYOD-enabled group of employees secure wireless access. Rather, we get into some genuinely unique stuff that HP is doing with location awareness. As in, where a particular wireless client located, down to a fine degree of accuracy. As in, within 2 meters. As in, you can tell when someone goes to the restroom, how long they’re in there, and whether or not they wash their hands on the way out the door. That sort of accuracy.
How does HP pull this off? Well, not just with triangulation. Triangulation is useful as far as it goes, but it relies in part on signal strength to determine the proximity of a wireless client to an access point. Signal strength can be attenuated in all sorts of ways depending on what it’s going through – walls, ceiling, floor, metal, wood, etc. That makes it an unreliable tool to lean on exclusively for location awareness. HP has also included delay as a metric in their calculations, plus some secret sauce they didn’t disclose. All that works together to bring the magic.
All in all? HP claims they’ve got the most effective location aware wireless solution on the market, and I think it’s hard to argue against that.
Links from HP
- HP Labs CUPID – Wifi-Based Indoor Positioning System (youtube.com)
- Networking – The main gateway to all HP Networking solutions information.
- SDN Solutions – An end-to-end solution to automate the network from data center to campus and branch.
- SDN App Store – Discover, learn and download SDN applications and solve the transition to the new style of IT.
- Network Virtualization Solutions – A completely new operational model for networking that breaks through current physical network barriers allowing data center operators to achieve order of magnitude better speed, economics and choice.
- CTO Mark Pearson and VMware’s Scott Lowe discussing the VMware-HP software-defined network (SDN) solution
- HP-VMware Technical demo
- HP-VMware Technical White Paper
- HP Unified Wired and Wireless Solutions – a single optimized and scalable unified network for secure and consistent access to business critical applications.
- IMC – a comprehensive wired and wireless network management tool.
- Wireless – a secure and reliable network that unifies access, scales as needed, and optimizes your wireless performance to handle a growing number of mobile devices.