Cisco Introduces Aironet Developer Platform


Cisco has introduced its Aironet Developer Platform (ADP). ADP allows developers to quickly prototype innovative applications using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices. Cisco believes that ADP gives developers simple access to a platform for building best-in-class IoT experiences.

In a blog post announcement, Cisco offered a number of futuristic IoT use case scenarios that ADP might enable including real-time location of cruise ship guests, healthcare equipment, or retail guests. But, ADP applications are already a reality. The DeCurtis Corporation has already leveraged ADP to build "a unique architecture that enables accuracy location tracking through wearables and smartphones" which is used on Norwegian Cruise Lines.


Cisco delivers ADP to developers through the ADP Extender Module Hardware Development Kit (ADP HDK). ADP HDK connectivity is currently supported on Cisco Aironet 3800 series access points. The ADP HDK interfaces to the access points. The HDK provides ethernet connectivity, power, and the platform for prototyping platforms. The HDK can be used as a standalone device without resources needed from the host access point.  Once a proof-of-concept is validated, developers can create modules that easily plug into an access point's expansion module connector point.

For more information on ADP, check out the platform docs. ADP is available through Cisco's DevNet community, and developers can test out sample ADP code in DevNet sandboxes. Cisco encourages developers to engage with Cisco in the ADP community or by contacting ADP support.

Our Methodology

Anyone can claim they do wireless site surveys, including those that walk around using free utilities that check for basic signal strength, without any training or understanding of how wireless works. That may be fine if you only need basic Internet connectivity, but if your network supports mission-critical applications, you need a professional-grade solution.

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Expert Certified Personnel

We start with a commitment to having the best trained personnel possible. We only employ or contract with Certified Wireless Network Professionals (CWNP).

We are proud to be a member of the prestigious CWNE roundtable, an exclusive committee of wireless experts dedicated to developing the highest level and most respect vendor-neutral certification in the wireless industry, as well as writing technical whitepapers.


Predictive Modeling

Predictive models, also known as virtual site surveys allow us to efficiently and accurately identify the number of access points required, as well as their initial placement and configuration. Modeling is ideal for creating "what if" scenarios that show us the effects of changes in real time. Our designs always start with a model which we then validate.


RF Spectrum Analysis

Because wireless networks operate in unlicensed frequencies, potential interference from numerous devices such as microwaves, cordless phones, Bluetooth devices, video cameras, etc. can have a significant negative impact. RF spectrum analyzers are the only devices that can identify physical-layer interference, and no onsite wireless site survey is complete without this service.


Onsite Site Surveys / Validation

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Our surveys start with temporarily mounting the same access points and antennas that will be permanently installed. We then use professional-grade software to test not only for signal strength, but Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) to test the signal's viability, interference and data rates. Our thorough approach is the most accurate solution available.


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