AirTies, a deployed provider of managed WiFi Mesh solutions to global service providers, announced plans to make its managed WiFi solution available for devices running the RDK software platform starting early 2019.
“We’ve seen significant interest in RDK from service providers around the globe in recent months,” said Philippe Alcaras, CEO of AirTies. “Operators want greater standardization and transparency, and RDK provides core technical functionality to make that easier. With this forthcoming integration, operators using RDK will easily be able to deploy AirTies’ Managed Wi-Fi Mesh software on their broadband CPE, and it will be deployed by a Tier 1 operator in the near future. Today’s announcement further demonstrates our commitment to continuous product innovation, and providing operators with more options to help them get Wi-Fi under control.”
The RDK platform is an open source software for connected homes, which helps improve the home WiFi experience with new applications, while the analytics is of great importance, said Steve Heeb, President and General Manager of RDK Management.
RDK software exists on the chipsets within CPE, below the application and services layer. This enables video and broadband providers to standardize specific technical functionalities. The open source software also provides a common interface to SoCs, representing a type of universal SoC adapter. Additionally, the RDK software solution provides an overall method to manage various broadband functions on gateways, including home-networking interfaces, routing, device management and telemetry.
AirTies’ software will be deployed on top of the RDK software layer, where it will be portable across chipset and CPE vendors as a firmware update. This will enable operators to better manage in-home WiFi and create smarter gateway WiFi. The software will also automatically navigate consumers’ devices to the best available channel and band, based on real-time, home network conditions. The AirTies’ Remote Manager, a cloud-based WiFi optimization software suite that provides real-time and historical performance data and analytics to manage home WiFi, will also be included.
Ultimately, AirTies hopes to help service providers by providing them solutions to fix subscribers’ in-home WiFi issues.