The FINANCIAL — The Enterprise Mobility Solutions business of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) on June 21 announced the AP 6511 802.11n WallPlate access point (AP) designed to quickly extend 802.11n wireless LAN (WLAN) services to multi-room facilities, such as hotels or hospitals.
Leveraging existing infrastructure, the AP 6511 can be installed in a matter of minutes, right in the guestroom, without the time and costs associated with deploying traditional APs. Roughly the size of a deck of cards, the AP 6511 is designed to "hide-in-sight" – matching the decor of any room while providing users a superior guest experience with high-speed mobile access for bandwidth-demanding voice, video and data applications.
"Motorola's AP 6511 uses in-wall CAT5/6 cabling, so Wi-Fi coverage can be extended without the need to pull cables or drill holes, greatly reducing time, planning and labor costs required to provide ubiquitous wireless access. A field-installable snap-on Ethernet module adds three switched fast Ethernet ports for converged guestroom IP services, such as IPTV or secure wired access. Each AP can service up to 10 rooms and leverage Motorola's Smart RF technology to automatically tune power and channels, ensuring guests obtain maximum performance and the highest quality of service (QoS)," Motorola reports.
"Motorola created an innovative solution to help hotels provide guests with what they want – a quality 'at-home' experience," said Orlando Philips, chief operating officer, Guest-Tek. "At Guest-Tek, we have seen that IP network convergence is the most cost-effective way to bring new applications, services and direct benefit to hotel guests; from interactive, high definition IPTV, free-to-guest TV and digital video-on-demand (VOD) to secure high-speed Internet and voice-over-IP telephony. The new AP 6511 is an important component to deliver this next generation hotel network. This is significant for us because customers in the hospitality industry look to Guest-Tek to help keep them ahead of trends and make the in-room guest experience the highest level."
The AP 6511 has multiple management and service options. In smaller facilities, up to 25 WallPlates can be deployed without an external controller by using the Controller AP feature resident on the AP 6511. For larger facilities, the AP 6511 can be locally or remotely managed by Motorola's family of RFS wireless controllers, allowing immense scalability. The solution also enables IT operations to create a single, seamless WLAN by leveraging Motorola's broad portfolio of wireless network solutions.
"High quality wireless voice, video and data services are becoming an expected part of the guest experience, but many travelers still face challenges when accessing these services from rooms, conference spaces or outdoor facilities," said Daran Hermans, product manager, Motorola Enterprise Mobility Solutions. "Motorola's innovative 802.11n WallPlate, along with its broad enterprise-class WLAN portfolio, voice-over-WLAN smartphones and ruggedized mobile computers, allow hotel operators to realize productivity enhancements and provide an extraordinary guest experience inside and outside the four walls."
Motorola's 802.11n WallPlate AP is powered by the Wireless Next Generation (Wi-NG) operating system, already field-proven in thousands of enterprise and government WLAN deployments across the globe. This enables integration of the AP into an adaptive, controller-based network for higher scalability, centralized management and advanced wireless services. Managed by Motorola's RFS7000, RFS6000 or RFS4000 wireless controllers and the AirDefense Services Platform (ADSP), the innovative WallPlate APs can scale to meet the connectivity needs of any multi-room facility. As the number of guestrooms scale upward, the AP 6511 can be deployed together with Motorola's dual-radio AP 650 or tri-radio AP 7131 APs to provide high-performance 802.11n access with integrated full-time wireless security sensing, from guest rooms to conference resources to outdoor pool and recreational facilities. Customers operating large resorts with wide area coverage needs can also deploy Motorola's AP 7181 outdoor 802.11n mesh wide area network (MWAN) APs for seamless indoor and outdoor coverage across the entire property.
The feature-rich Motorola wireless switches, enterprise-class APs and purpose-built guest room WLAN equipment provide a seamless wireless network that can support even the most bandwidth-demanding wireless services and applications. And, the Motorola ADSP delivers holistic network management, advanced troubleshooting and network assurance services to support high QoS for superior guest experience and back-of-house workforce enablement.
The AP 6511 will be available worldwide through Motorola channel partners and Motorola sales in the fourth quarter of 2010.
Visit Motorola booth #961 at the HITEC 2010 conference on June 21-23 in Orlando, Fla. to learn more about the AP 6511 and the latest enterprise mobility solutions for the hospitality industry.
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