Wi-Fi Mesh and Google Earth
It must be Google Earth day around here, lots of interesting stuff I have found so far today. Download Google Earth by clicking this link,
Skypilot has integrated SkyControl with Google Earth mapping service, and using the GPS positioning capabilities they can provide automatic and dynamic mesh network visualization, which means they can actually see which nodes are functioning, etc, so they can see power outages, and much more. This will also allow them to visualize all of the networks before they actually install them, so they can be sure of complete coverage. Here is the press release.
Here is what they had to say at GigaOm has to say,
Indian network operator LifeStyle Networks relied on Google Earth to plot and rollout a 20 square kilometer network for 500,000 residents in Mumbai using Strix hardware, according to Light Reading (LifeStyle plans to cover the rest of the city in 6 months). The company used Google Earth to decide where the radios should be placed so that the whole city could be covered with a signal, and then used GPS-based location data of the hardware to create an online network map over Google Earth.
The article says the company can feed info from Strix?s network management software into Google Earth to see the details of the connections of the nodes ? if they?re live and if any radios are not operating correctly. Source: Google Earth Meet Wi-Fi Mesh
Meraki, who use Google Maps for it’s dashboard management tools, says you can just enter it into Google Maps to see your network, and they are going to allow you to see your network in real time by exporting that data into Google Earth in the next release. That would be some pretty cool Google Earth Layers.