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Survey product for voice over wireless deployments

AirMagnet : 12 December, 2008  (New Product)
AirMagnet Survey features voice over WLAN testing capabilities for assuring networks prior to full implementation
AirMagnet has new features for AirMagnet Survey that enhanced its ability to help customers optimise their voice-over-WLAN (VoWLAN) deployments for Cisco and Vocera equipment.

These new features allow customers to identify problems earlier in the process of deploying VoWLAN - the survey phase—thereby minimising the issues that might only be found after the equipment has been rolled out to end users.

"One of the major weaknesses of VoWLAN products is the lack of effective management systems that can track voice traffic specifically and provide troubleshooting capabilities," said Stan Schatt, analyst at ABI Research, a leading market research firm. ABI estimates that the market for VoWLAN will grow significantly through 2012, with a combined annual growth rate of 93 percent. Key industries include healthcare, retail, hospitality and manufacturing, with growing traction in the government, warehousing, and corporate markets.

There has been a dramatic increase in organisations deploying voice over their WLAN. A key element in the process is the ability to see into the network and measure how performance impacts the voice applications.

AirMagnet Survey PRO's wireless network design and deployment verification system provides a one-click option for the user, to verify if their network is deployed based on the vendor's requirements for any Wi-Fi based phone. Areas of measurement include verification for number of Access Points, signal/interference levels, user capacity and data rates. This verification system now includes pre-configured VoWLAN policies for the Cisco 7920 and 7921 phones that have been tailored to Cisco's recommended deployment guidelines.

The new updates in AirMagnet Survey allow IT professionals to easily verify - in one click - if the network they are running meets Cisco requirements for voice. This actually helps avoid voice problems from the get-go by ensuring adequate coverage and optimum configuration settings for customers.

For Vocera customers, AirMagnet Survey's speed mapping table has been enhanced to allow users to predict and view expected downlink data rate information from the perspective of Vocera B2000 badges while performing a passive survey.

"AirMagnet Survey is already the recognised leader in WLAN survey," said Chia Chee Kaun, CTO at AirMagnet. "These new features allow us to see even further into the realm of voice and provide valuable information that will ensure quality of service and usability."

For those customers looking for a more dedicated VoWLAN management solution, AirMagnet also offers AirMagnet VoFi Analyzer, the industry's only purpose-built application for troubleshooting voice problems in the field. Unlike traditional voice over WiFi solutions, VoFi Analyzer enables staff to measure call quality in real-time, and automatically detect and troubleshoot the sources of voice problems, even on fully encrypted wireless networks.

The new version of AirMagnet Survey PRO is available now. The new features are free to existing AirMagnet Survey customers who have a current support agreement.
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