How Wi-Fi 6E Enables Smooth Connectivity on Campus
Broadband and Wi-Fi play a crucial role in an experience-driven institution. Wireless technology unifies an experience for faculty, staff and students by enabling features like Cisco OpenRoaming, which lets users connect easily throughout a campus using unique identities.
Ultralow latency and multicloud access also ensure seamless connectivity. Researcher communities at universities rely on fast, shared connections, Tilley notes.
“One of the biggest points from a Wi-Fi 6 perspective is the flexibility and the intelligence it brings,” he says. That includes the ability to make a network as simple or as complex as necessary, using cloud, on-prem and dual-mode options. Data resides everywhere, including on mobile devices across LTE networks, Tilley says.
“You need to be able to bring all of those domains together and not run them as technology silos,” he says.
How AI Improves Experiences on Campus for Faculty and Students
Artificial intelligence, analytics and automation deliver an “ultra-intelligent environment,” Tilley says. “We need to use automation, AI and analytics to create seamless connectivity, so that we can create a very secure, intelligent, automated environment that is delivering the best experience.”
That experience includes AI observability tools that let educational institutions spot a drop-off in network performance, manage access to services and use features such as wayfinding, he says: “You can get some amazing insights into the way that an organization is running.”
In an experience-driven institution, AI cybersecurity tools help detect vulnerabilities caused by human error, Tilley notes.