Techplayon Talks with Mr Ryan about Augmented Reality based Wi-Fi design and troubleshooting tools
Hi Ryan thank you for talking to Techplayon. I remember first time I saw pictures/ video of the product iWi , I said to myself WOW! Now this is real. Finally in few days time you are launching the Beta version. But yes you already have puddleJump up and running. I am glad you are here and we can tell more about your innovative products to our readers.
Q 1. Techplayon: How did you and team came up with the ideas/solutions , what drives you towards innovation.
A 1. Ryan: I came up with both solutions when I realized how inadequate existing tools were. After having used most of them for years, I felt that the time for improvement was now, and that I was going to have to do it since no one else had stepped up. What drive me is the desire to streamline the entire WiFi deployment process and take out a lot of the issues that arise during a project, and make WiFi design fun and exciting, while also allowing almost anyone to be able to deliver a world-class WiFi network.
Q 2. Techplayon: Planning is the most important phase of network deployment and with huge data hunger it becomes more important, what do you think are the most critical points to be considered while planning a network?
A 2. Ryan: Planning for density and the environment in which the WiFi network is going to be deployed is the biggest issue, by far.
Q 3. Techplayon: Whats are the most important features of your solutions and how everyone including operators and users will be benefited from the same.
A 3. Ryan: puddleJump will offer design, management, project planning, and reporting to one, cloud-based tool. This will allow everyone to know, from a centralized place, what to expect when doing a deployment for one site or one thousand. This makes it so that everyone is on the same page.
Q 4. Techplayon: How can we play and try out your tools, when do you think the solution would be ready for trials?
A 4. Ryan: PuddleJump is in beta now, and is ready to use. It is being slated as a project management and sales assistance tool as of now, because we do not generate a signal yet. We also only have Aruba data loaded; Cisco, Aerohive, and others are coming.
Q 5. Techplayon: AI & VR are considered to be the future along with Machine learning how did you envision the future much before?
A 5. Ryan: I love AI, MR, VR, AR, etc., and machine learning is something that I’ve been a fan of for a long time in games. I wanted to apply what I’d seen in the gaming world and give it a practical application, so WiFi was obviously a no-brainer for me.
Q 6. Techplayon: So whats next for Ryan and Team?
A 6. Ryan: Other secret projects that involve better active and passive site surveys. That’s all I can really say at this time. 🙂
Q 7. Techplayon: How important is India and APAC region for you?
A 7. Ryan: Very, very important. As one of our team members has family in India, and having worked with teams from Tata, Wipro, Cognizant, and Infosys, I really enjoy working with teams from India, so we would love for these products to thrive in India and APAC in general.
Ryan: Here’s an overview of the our two products
The first product is called puddleJump, and it’s a web-based, collaborative, predictive Wi-Fi design tool.
- Web-based collaboration
- User management with LDAP authentication capabilities
- Shared virtual design rooms where all parties involved can collaboratively design a floorplan. The client actively participates in the design session, offering their insight.
- Auto-place features using a sophisticated algorithm that considers user densities called “Occupant Zones”, cell overlap, building material composition, and Line-of-Sight principles that will automatically move access points in their “Best Place” locations.
- Automatically generated Bill of Materials based on the current vendor selection. If a client wants to see a design using more than one vendor, a comparison of both designs can be shown.
- Specialized, fully-customizable reporting that allows each person involved with the design to get the reports that they need. Installers can even receive a map to the location(s), complete with where they should park, who their site contact is and their contact information, points of ingress and egress for the building, and a scheduled install report, showing them where they need to avoid being during certain times of the day, so that important sales meeting can still proceed uninterrupted.
- Self-updating software, since it’s web based.
- Easy to use and straightforward.
Our goal is to provide the capacity for an organization to increase their sales by a significant margin, and we feel that this can be accomplished using puddle Jump. An RFP that would usually take 4 months can be completed in just 1 month with existing staff, using puddle Jump. We feel that large networking companies would also stand to benefit from using this software. The proliferation of Wi-Fi networks is increasing exponentially, so having a tool with which to quickly and accurately design Wi-Fi networks to match the demand would result in more sales. At this point, everyone wins; the client gets the best design for their space, the service provider delivers quickly and efficiently, and the manufacturer pushes more hardware.
The second product we’re offering is called iWi (working title, we don’t want to sound too Apple-y), and this will allow you to interface with puddleJump using Augmented Reality and be able to “see” simulated Wi-Fi signal in an environment.
http://www.bitlion.com:8080/ ( Product Video)
With this technology, we’ll be able to open the market up to better design, troubleshot, and managed networks, and also more secure networks. We’re planning on using this technology to be used as an active monitoring system, in which individuals can actively “see” users attempting to connect to the network, any problems that their device might be experiencing with Wi-Fi, and if they’re actually a legitimate user (and not a hacker). All of this will be done in real time. We’re also planning on reaching out to the city Wi-Fi building with this technology to show them how they can better design their networks. Having the ability to actually “see” Wi-Fi, even simulated, will be a pivotal and historical moment in the timeline of networking, and we’re excited to share this with you.
There are more plans for this technology down the road, but as it applies now, we’d like to be able to leverage puddleJump and iWi to make design and troubleshooting more streamlined. Your interest and feedback will really help make this a reality
I’ve always been driven by what excites me, and technology has always been a mainstay attraction. Specifically, I’ve been drawn to helping others utilize the knowledge I’ve obtained from so many great mentors and sources by offering my services to Mid-Market customers. I predominantly design, plan, implement, manage, and deploy wireless networks of all sizes for all industries, and am currently developing software to support this endeavor for all.