Extreme Networks has announced that customers are reaping significant technical and operational benefits with the deployment of WiFi 6E. Henry Ford Health System in the US and Crowne Plaza Antwerp Hotel in Belgium are deploying Extreme WiFi 6E access points to provide secure, high-capacity and high-speed connectivity across their organisations, creating a foundation to roll out innovative customer and patient experiences. Extreme also expanded its WiFi 6E portfolio with the addition of the AP5010.
Connectivity and Speed to Enhance Patient Care
Henry Ford Health operates 140 medical centres and seven specialised medical facilities across Michigan. Since March 2020, the organisation has relied increasingly on telehealth and real-time communications with patients, creating an increased demand for a high-performing, high-capacity network. Henry Ford Health expects to deploy Extreme WiFi 6E access points across all its facilities by the end of 2022.
“As early adopters of WiFi 6E, we’ve seen a significant jump in performance across the sites where we’ve deployed Extreme AP4000 solutions. The increased network capacity allows us to roll out innovative new medical applications that create more value for our patients. Managing our network through the cloud provides us with tremendous insight into network and application performance, as well as the ability to scale our network quickly and efficiently.” said Jonathan Linton, Wireless and Mobility Manager at Henry Ford Health System.
Hospitality Progresses with Digital Amenities
Crowne Plaza is a four-star deluxe hotel in Antwerp, Belgium. The hotel invested in WiFi 6E to improve the overall customer experience by offering digital amenities such as touchless check-in/out, video streaming and voice-activated technology services. All 262 guest rooms and 14 meeting rooms are equipped with 6GHz connectivity through the Extreme AP4000. The entire network is managed through ExtremeCloud IQ, providing insights on guest preferences, network performance and foot traffic flow throughout the hotel – making it easier for network administrators to gain visibility into and control of, the network’s health and status.
“Extreme gives us a significant competitive advantage when it comes to offering differentiated services to our guests. Our digital amenities and the reliability and speed of our network are advantageous to both business travellers and tourists. WiFi 6E has provided us with secure, high-performing connectivity to drive efficient hotel operations and memorable guest experiences.” said Luc Westerlinck, Chief Engineer & Safety Advisor at the Crowne Plaza Antwerp Hotel.
Extreme WiFi 6E Solutions
WiFi 6E marks the beginning of a wireless paradigm shift with the availability of up to 1200MHz of new spectrum in the 6GHz frequency band. WiFi 6E reduces network congestion, eliminates latency and provides the ability for simultaneous multi-user communication. Extreme offers two solutions for organisations looking to take advantage of the WiFi 6E spectrum: the AP4000 and the AP5010.
Designed for high-density environments like schools, event venues and hospitals, the AP5010 expands Extreme’s WiFi 6E portfolio by adding a 4×4:4 Universal access point that enables customers to increase the capacity, performance, security and reliability of their network. The AP5010 eliminates network interference, reduces power consumption and lessens strain on IT staff by delivering the benefits of WiFi 6E spectrum and its increased bandwidth, while offering a flexible architecture that makes cloud migration seamless. As a result, customers will be able to maintain the performance of critical devices across their network, while enhancing customer experiences.
The AP4000, released last year, is a 2×2:2 WiFi 6E Universal access point and has been recognised with several industry accolades including: the WiFi Awards 2022 Product of the Year by Wireless LAN Professionals, and a 2021 WiFi at Work Award for Extreme’s deployment of WiFi 6E at Novant Health.
“WiFi 6E catapults the performance of applications and services running across the network. Extreme has created the foundation to offer next-generation services that create faster, more compelling consumer experiences. The availability of the 6GHz spectrum is truly a gamechanger and competitive advantage for companies looking to transform and enhance the way we work, interact and connect with the world.” said David Coleman, Director of Wireless, Office of the CTO, Extreme Networks.