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February 14, 2013

Ixia Brings Wi-Fi Evaluation Expertise to the Medical Field

Within the last decade, wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi has become integrated into nearly every aspect of life. That high level of integration means many people and businesses are heavily invested in the quality and consistency of their wireless connectivity.

Testing the reliability of wireless networks can be difficult and requires significant expertise. Ixia’s IxVeriWave software suite looks to make that process significantly easier by helping network administrators simulate and measure many important elements of Wi-Fi service, allowing them to optimize their devices for their own network’s performance.

Ixia is particularly focused on the medical field, which has become a major user of wireless communications. Many hospitals now use wireless defibrillators, EKG monitors and infusions pumps. For doctors and nurses using wireless devices, reliable connections are fundamentally important and can be lifesaving.

“Wi-Fi is no longer a ‘nice to have,’ and more enterprises, health professionals and consumers depend on reliable Wi-Fi for everyday activities,” said Joseph Zeto, director of product marketing for Ixia.

IxVeriWave is a software package that allows users to simulate real-world networking conditions, which can be useful in establishing the baseline performance of a wireless network. The software can also replicate live network conditions, assess real-world performance by introducing background traffic, simulate roaming and even generate video and audio traffic. 

“Ixia solutions are recognized as the gold standard for optimizing application delivery over Wi-Fi, and we continue to leverage this expertise and introduce comprehensive new standards for validating Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices,” Zeto added.

 “Wi-Fi-enabled devices are becoming central to the mobile ecosystem,” said Craig Mathias, Principal with the wireless and mobile advisory firm Farpoint Group. “Manufacturers can’t afford to offer anything less than the best experience to users, and they must therefore validate performance and quality throughout the entire life cycle of every product.”

Edited by Braden Becker

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