ruckus iot suite

Ruckus IoT Suite

March 12, 2018Categories: News.


Ruckus plans to release a suite of technology for companies that want to support IoT devices on the WLAN. The suite includes an IoT module for the Ruckus SmartZone controller.

Ruckus Wireless has introduced technology that supports internet-of-things deployments on its wireless LAN.

Ruckus, owned by privately held ARRIS, launched its IoT Suite this week. The product includes a communication module that supports IoT standards and a controller that provides connectivity and IoT device and security management.

Ruckus is focusing on selling its IoT technology to organizations in three verticals: hospitality, education and local governments using IoT to provide services to residents.

Companies would build a Ruckus-powered IoT network by plugging the internet-of-things module into the USB port on each of the company’s access points (APs). The module provides support for three IoT communication standards: Zigbee, Bluetooth Low Energy and LoRaWAN.

Besides the APs and modules, a customer would also need the Ruckus SmartZone WLAN controller, which companies can cluster together to onboard, manage and secure tens of thousands of indoor or outdoor APs. Ruckus sells SmartZone as an appliance or virtualized software.

The IoT controller is software that is deployed on the Ruckus SmartZone operating system to provide basic management and security features for IoT devices. All management features for the IoT and Wi-Fi networks are available through the SmartZone software console.

Building a Consolidated IoT Access Network

An IoT access network must consolidate multiple access technologies while delivering the provisioning, management and security capabilities found in modern IP-based networks. Such a network must facilitate inter-endpoint communication and provide integration with analytics software and services. 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.

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