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Ruckus says its new suite enables secure IoT access networks

February 21, 2018  

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Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company, today announced the release of the Ruckus IoT Suite, which it said enables organizations to construct a secure IoT access network that consolidates multiple physical-layer IoT networks into a single network.

According to market research firm IDC, IoT edge infrastructure is emerging as a key growth domain and an enterprise priority to support the burgeoning IoT applications space. Within the IoT edge infrastructure market — expected to reach nearly US$3.4 billion by 2021– network equipment is the fastest-growing segment, with compound annual growth (CAGR) in excess of 30%, driven by the need for application continuity and high performance coupled with reliable and secure connectivity.

“Secure IoT network deployments in the enterprise have not yet taken off due to a fragmented market with point solutions serving one-off applications or use cases,” said Rohit Mehra, vice president, network infrastructure, IDC. “A multi-standard IoT access network that leverages existing hardware, software and security capabilities at the edge is a must for most organizations to deploy IoT. The Ruckus IoT Suite addresses these specifics and is a good first step to enabling broader multi-mode IoT network rollouts.

Organizations are looking to the IoT to help improve operational efficiencies, increase revenue and enhance the customer experience, but their ability to do so is constrained by today’s siloed IoT networks, said Dan Rabinovitsj, president, Ruckus Networks.

The Ruckus IoT Suite consists of:

*Ruckus IoT-ready access points (APs) — APs that accommodate Ruckus IoT modules to establish multi-standards wireless access for Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi IoT endpoints; and translate non-Internet protocol (IP) endpoint communications into IP.

*Ruckus IoT Modules — Radio or radio-and-sensor devices that connect to a Ruckus IoT-ready AP to enable endpoint connectivity based on standards such as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), Zigbee and LoRa protocols.

*Ruckus SmartZone™ Controller –A WLAN controller that provides a single management interface for both the WLAN and the IoT access network.

*Ruckus IoT Controller — A virtual controller, deployed in tandem with a Ruckus SmartZone OS-based controller, that performs connectivity, device and security management functions for non-Wi-Fi devices; facilitates endpoint coordination, and provides APIs for northbound integration with analytics software and IoT cloud services.

The Ruckus IoT Suite will be generally available in the second quarter of 2018.