The WIFI future (part 1) - WIFI is something we use everyday. We are carrying around WIFI connected devices all the time. But what does the future of WIFI look like?
Our current WIFI technology is no slouch but the future will provide us with even greater speeds. With the upcoming Wi-Gig standard we are talking Multi-Gigabit! The challenges with more and more dense networks are unavoidable, but resistance to interference, innovative and smart new protocols, and the ability to keep up the data throughput, will be the key to pushing wireless data even faster in the time to come. The Wi-Fi Alliance strongly believes that Wi-Gig will become an actuality within the next two years. Wi-Gig is a new version of Wi-Fi that moves into a new high frequency spectrum. The technology supports theoretic data rates up to 7 Gigabits per second.
Connect seamlessly and securely to an available hotspot without needing an app or the user needing to know an SSID. All major mobile operating systems already have this capability built-in, as do most commercial access point already deployed. Apps continue to evolve to the point where you walk into an environment and you can be recognised right away. An application of this technology would be a digital smart shopping cart that would have a virtual concierge to personalise your shopping experience. A typical example of the “Internet of Things,” where everything is connected and the digital and physical world continues to mesh.
Speaking of Internet of Things. In the coming years almost everything around us will get Wi-Fi built in, even devices we don’t even traditionally associate as “Internet devices”. Smoke detectors, coffee machines, washing machines, dryers, thermostats, refrigerators, water purification systems, light switches, security systems and a lot more. It will be all about becoming smarter, connected and realtime.
Wireless technology is maybe not the easiest to use, but once you have it set up and working, it’s a beautiful thing. A big focus in the industry is to make wireless technology easier for users. One example of this would be the collaboration between Wi-Fi and NFC. We will be able to just touch one device to another to establish a wireless connection. These devices will also be designed to consume even less energy than mobile devices are now.
Users needs to know that they are safe and that their privacy is taken care of. Simply put: its about making customers comfortable with wireless tech. The goal is to allow people to control what they want to share and not. This would typically be information like location, usage, data sharing and services.