Wi-Fi Mobility Symposium – San Jose, CA

Wireless networks are everywhere, and mobility is the order of the day from the enterprise to the consumer space. Wi-Fi technology is changing as a result, and the industry will come together to present a vision of the future at the Wi-Fi Mobility Symposium! This all-day in-person event features panelists from key Wi-Fi companies and will be moderated by independent experts, Marcus Burton and Andrew vonNagy.

The Wi-Fi Mobility Symposium will be held in San Jose immediately preceding Wireless Field Day 2. It will be streamed live from the Tech Field Day site and will include many of the Field Day delegates. Free tickets for seating are now available if you would like to attend in person!

Watch the presentations!

Order of the Day

10:00-12:00 – Morning Session

  • 10:00 – Welcome and Introduction by Stephen Foskett and Marcus Burton
  • 10:15 – Panelist Presentations
    • Each panelist gives a short presentation followed by a short Q&A session
  • 11:30 – Open Discussion and Audience Q&A
  • 12:00 – Morning session close

12:00-14:00 – Break/Lunch

  • 12:00 – Closed Press and Analyst Q&A
  • 12:30 – Break/Lunch

14:00-16:00 – Technology Deep-Dive Sessions

  • 14:00 – Welcome and Introduction by Stephen Foskett
  • 14:15 - Mobile Devices & BYOD by Andrew von Nagy
  • 14:45 - Gigabit Wi-Fi by Marcus Burton
  • 15:15 - Hotspot 2.0 by Andrew von Nagy
  • 15:55 – Session Close by Stephen Foskett
  • 16:00 – Wrap Up and “Network Beers

Topics of Discussion

  • Mobile Devices & BYOD – The appeal of the latest generation of smartphones and tablets is undeniable. Consumers are buying mobile devices in record quantities, replacing sales of traditional PCs and laptops, and becoming more tech-savvy than ever. And now they want that flexibility and ease-of-use in the workplace too. The industry is calling this trend the “consumerization of IT” and one thing is clear, enterprise IT departments have little say in the matter due to executive level sponsorship. Symposium panelists will present the challenges and opportunities with mobile devices in the workplace, and discuss solutions that allow IT departments to effectively enable workforce mobility without compromising corporate data security.
  • Gigabit Wi-Fi – Speed is king. The desire for in-home video and multimedia distribution is growing as consumers increasingly adopt more dynamic time-shifted and location-shifted media consumption behaviors. Wireless networking is the preferred method due to its ease-of-use, ubiquity, and low-cost compared to wired network installation. Two separate standards are being developed to enable higher capacity and support for multiple high-def video streams: 802.11ac provides gigabit speeds for multi-room access and ensures backward compatibility with existing Wi-Fi equipment in the 5GHz frequency band, while 802.11ad provides multi-gigabit speeds at much shorter ranges but does not provide compatibility due to operation in the much higher 60GHz frequency range. Symposium panelists will present the benefits and development progress for both standards, and discuss use-cases within the home as well as enterprise environments.
  • Hotspot 2.0 – Public Wi-Fi hotspots are predicted to grow at an astounding rate, quadrupling in number from 1.3M to 5.8M between now ant 2015 according to the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA). Due in large part to the growing demand for mobile data by consumers and the lack of available capacity on cellular data networks (even after LTE upgrades), Wi-Fi offload has become a key strategy for most mobile network operators. Recognizing this need, the Wi-Fi Alliance and WBA teamed up to create the new Wi-Fi Certified Hotspot program which promises to provide a cellular-like user experience by streamlining Wi-Fi network selection and access. Hotspot operators will also be able to leverage cellular or 3rd party credential providers to facilitate network access and to provide data security. Symposium panelists will present the business drivers for the next generation of Wi-Fi hotspots, and discuss progress made by industry participants to bring Hotspot 2.0 solutions to market.

Moderators

Marcus Burton CWNP @MarcusBurton
Stephen Foskett Pack Rat @SFoskett
Andrew vonNagy Revolution Wi-Fi @RevolutionWiFi

Panelists

We are currently in the process of selecting panelists for the Wi-Fi Mobility Symposium. If you would like to be involved, please contact sfoskett@gestaltit.com.

Devin Akin, Chief Wi-Fi Architect
Carlos Gomez, Product Manager for Network Services
Peter Thornycroft, Office of the CTO
Paul Congdon, Fellow, HP Labs
GT Hill, Technical Marketing Director

Join Us!

Join us at the DoubleTree San Jose Hotel on Wednesday for the Wi-Fi Mobility Symposium

Tickets to attend the Wi-Fi Mobility Symposium are now available, and we will be streaming the entire event live over the Internet. Watch this page for the embedded video!

About the Organisers

Packet Pushers is a podcast and website focussed on data networking. The weekly podcast reaches a highly technical audience of 3500 network engineers and architects.

Tech Field Day is a regular event that brings together vendors and independent thought leaders to share information and opinions in a presentation and discussion format. Independent bloggers, freelance writers, and podcasters have a public presence that has immense influence on the ways that products and companies are perceived and by the general public.