Ruckus Networks eases hotel fibre deployments

Expanded IoT partnerships to enhance hotel safety, operational efficiency and guest experience

Higher guest and operations bandwidth consumption present real challenges for existing hotel networks.
Higher guest and operations bandwidth consumption present real challenges for existing hotel networks.

Ruckus Networks, now part of CommScope, has expanded its hospitality portfolio to include the ICX 7150-24F fibre switch, ICX 7150-C08 compact switch and Fibre Backpack, which supports the H510 access point (AP).

The new products add fibre support to existing offerings for hospitality and multi-dwelling unit (MDU) customers. Together with CommScope’s structured cabling products, the company can now offer customers a comprehensive connectivity platform.

Ruckus is also announcing the addition of new internet of things (IoT) partners to its ecosystem to improve operational efficiency, enhancing guest services, and increasing guest and staff safety.

“In the global hospitality industry, interoperability between multiple applications and vendors is key to helping hotels plan for the future, where higher guest and operations bandwidth consumption present real challenges for existing hotel networks,” said Larry Birnbaum, vice president of Global Hospitality and MDU, Ruckus Networks. “In addition, our customers and partners see the great value our fibre solutions offer, and it enables us to deliver a faster, richer hotel network while providing flexibility to support the many functions required by hotel operations.”

Hotel properties come in many sizes—from single stand-alone buildings to large resorts spread across acres. The new Fibre Backpack allows for direct integration of Ruckus H510 in-room access points onto the fibre backbone leveraging the scale, speed and efficiency of fibre-to-the-room architecture. The new product can utilise a wide range of interoperable fibre transceivers with support for single- or multi-mode, enabled by the portfolio of Ruckus ICX fibre switches, of which the Ruckus ICX 7150-24F is the latest addition.

Hotels are also looking to vendors to deliver network solutions that support multiple applications, reduce costs, improve reliability and protect investments. To meet these requirements, Ruckus is partnering with IoT ecosystem vendors such as ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions, AVSystem, Kontakt.io, Qubercomm, Telkonet and TraknProtect to empower hoteliers to support the latest IoT use cases on a unified network infrastructure including connected entry, safety buttons, asset, room tray and vendor tracking, energy management, online thermostats and location-based advertising. These vendor solutions are integrated into the Ruckus IoT Suite, enabling a common IoT dashboard and sophisticated rules-engine functionality that allows sensor alerts to trigger actions by other devices.

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