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Cisco plans to connect the world with – OpenRoaming

With OpenRoaming, users will have seamless access to Wi-Fi at any participating location, anywhere in the world. cisco openroaming

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Built off Cisco industry standard HotSpot 2.0 technology, you’ll be able to use a ‘digital ID’ such as your mobile’s SIM card, or a cloud provider to access Wi-Fi networks that are signed up to OpenRoaming.

And just like your private Wi-Fi network at home or in the office, once you’re connected to OpenRoaming you will never have to sign in again.

This is because the HotSpot 2.0 technology sets off a beacon in the SSID of your mobile phone which lets it know when you’re in an OpenRoaming supported Wi-Fi network.

This means no more generic, unsecure usernames and passwords to access public networks, or annoying captive portals which require your personal details.

Just simple, seamless connectivity.


How Cisco is doing this?

OpenRoaming is still in its beta phase, but Cisco is working with several digital ID firms such as Samsung (the Samsung Galaxy S10 and upwards and Note can connect to OpenRoaming straight out of the box), and Wi-Fi network providers to ensure high-quality networks across the board.

OpenRoaming doesn’t share any identifiable information with the Wi-Fi host.  All associated Wi-Fi networks will be protected by enterprise-grade security protocols, rendering the system incredibly secure.

They will also be leveraging emerging technologies including 5G and Wi-Fi 6 networks with the aim of accelerating their development and adoption.

 

What does this mean for businesses? cisco openroaming

Free Wi-Fi has been a must for businesses for a while now.

Organisations of all kinds: not just libraries and banks, either – even my butcher now has a Wi-Fi network that customers can connect to.

OpenRoaming will enhance the existing benefits for customers looking to connect, as they won’t even have to manually join different networks.

And for businesses, it will provide another valuable source of data –

With more visibility of when customers are joining the network in your retail outlet, for instance, it’s easier to communicate facilities updates or news of deals on offer.

Ultimately, it’s about the whole process being seamless – and genuinely so.

OpenRoaming was trialled at this year’s MWC conference in Barcelona, giving people continued network access as they moved from plane to train to venue. They made the process of connecting (and staying connected) so smooth that .

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