SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruckus Wireless, a leading
supplier of Smart Wireless LAN systems, announced today that they completed
ShoreTel's Technology Partner Program (TPP) certification, which ensures
interoperability with ShoreTel 7.5, ShoreTel's latest release of its Pure
IP Unified Communications system. Ruckus Wireless has achieved the ShoreTel
Certified designation through comprehensive testing completed in the
ShoreTel certification lab, working together to deliver the industry's most
robust implementation of IP telephony over new 802.11 "Smart Wi-Fi"
technology, ushering in a new era of enterprise voice over Wi-Fi services.
Smart Wi-Fi is a revolutionary new technology for controlling the
unlicensed radio frequencies that Wi-Fi uses to ensure the best possible
Wi-Fi connection for any given traffic type. Sophisticated quality of
service technology is combined with a smart antenna array to eliminate
typical Wi-Fi transmission problems.
The interoperability and collaboration marries Ruckus Wireless Smart
Wi-Fi technology found in its popular ZoneFlex Smart WLAN systems and
MediaFlex routers with ShoreTel's IP telephony systems to give companies
more predictable performance and extended range when running IP voice
services over Ruckus Wireless Smart Wi-Fi infrastructure.
Using the combined solution from Ruckus Wireless and ShoreTel,
enterprise customers can realize a number of unique benefits such as:
-- Doubling or tripling the Wi-Fi coverage area
-- Better voice quality in the presence of other forms of traffic and in
the presence of RF interference
-- Support for high density environments and a larger number of voice
clients per access point
-- Consistent high data throughput available for other applications
-- Ultra simple installation and maintenance
-- Power savings on VoFi-enabled dual-mode phones
-- Seamless operation of certified VoIP over Wi-Fi phones (initially
using Hitachi IP5000 and UT Starcom F1000G phones)
"At Pacific Ridge School, one of the reasons we installed the Ruckus
ZoneFlex Smart wireless LAN was to add unique value to our ShoreTel IP
unified communications system," said Bill Maynard, chief technology officer
for NetCom America, the solutions provider for the elementary school in
Carlsbad, California. "We expect this to be a winning combination because
both the Ruckus and the ShoreTel systems focus a great deal of attention on
quality of service, extended range and superior performance."
Transmission hiccups over radio frequencies account for the vast
majority of Wi-Fi problems ranging from poor coverage to erratic
performance. These problems are acutely problematic for delay-sensitive
traffic such as multicast IP video and voice over IP transmissions.
"The combination of VoIP and Wi-Fi is profoundly compelling to
enterprises of all sizes," said Steve Timmerman, vice president of
marketing for ShoreTel. "One of the key issues in the implementation of
these technologies is reliability. Ruckus Wireless helps solve this
problem, giving our partners and customers the opportunity to expand the
benefits of mobility in the enterprise."
Leveraging technical advances in Smart Wi-Fi that control the path that
signals and traffic take over radio frequencies, customers with the Ruckus
ZoneFlex WLAN system can now use voice over Wi-Fi phones while maintaining
superb voice quality over the RF channel, even in the presence of other
Ruckus patented beam steering (BeamFlex(TM)) and quality of service
(QoS) (SmartCast(TM)) technologies provide up to a four-fold increase in
Wi-Fi coverage area and more consistent throughput everywhere within the
wireless environment. These technologies work in concert to focus RF energy
and Wi-Fi signals in a specific direction and automatically steer them
around interference as it occurs. This allows the system to continuously
push up the data rate and lower packet loss by always providing the best
signal path for every transmission.
Independent competitive research performed by Jones-Petrick and
Associates has conclusively revealed that the Ruckus ZoneFlex Smart WLAN
system achieved the highest MOS* (mean opinion score) scores and R-Values*
along with some of the lowest average jitter measurements. The independent
testing pitted the Ruckus ZoneFlex system against the industry's top four
enterprise wireless LAN systems. The testing was performed by JPA in an
18,000 square foot office facility in Fremont, California. For the VoIP
over Wi-Fi testing, five different locations were used with 19 voice
clients and one data client.
About Ruckus Wireless, Inc.
Based in Sunnyvale, California, Ruckus Wireless is a next-generation
Wi-Fi company credited with pioneering "Smart Wi-Fi" technology. Named a
2007 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, Ruckus Wireless was
formed in 2004 at Sequoia Capital. The company designs, develops and
markets industrial-strength Wi-Fi systems that provide reliable
distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over
standard 802.11 technology. Its flagship product, ZoneFlex, is the first
wireless LAN system to combine the best in centralized wireless LAN
principles with state-of-the-art Wi-Fi advances such as smart antenna
arrays and wireless meshing. Its MediaFlex line of multimedia wireless
routers is used by more than 125 broadband operators around the world to
extend digital services such as IPTV throughout the home without wires. The
company's patented hardware and software technologies deliver predictable
performance, extended range and real-time adaptability to changing Wi-Fi
environments. The company has raised approximately $32 million in financing
from premier venture capital investors, consumer electronics companies and
broadband operators such a Motorola, T-Ventures, Telus, Sutter Hill
Ventures, Mitsui, Sequoia and others. Ruckus Wireless is led by President
and CEO Selina Lo. For more information, visit the company's Web site at
* MOS is a subjective rating of the quality of a voice call using
latency, packet loss and jitter as key factors. R-Value is related to
MOS as another scoring method for voice quality metric. It is
preferred over other scoring methods by the
Telecommunications Industry Association.
SOURCE Ruckus Wireless, Inc.