Advanced wireless systems company, Ruckus Wireless, has acquired US-based provider of secure Wi-Fi onboarding software, Cloudpath Networks. The acquisition will see Ruckus include Cloudpath’s software with its Smart Wi-Fi portfolio for education, enterprise, retail and hospitality markets.

Cloudpath’s onboarding and security software extends Ruckus’ Smart Wi-Fi technology, including its proprietary solutions such as BeamFlex+ adaptive antenna technology, ChannelFly predictive channel selection, SmartMesh self-optimised network meshing and Dynamic PSK Wi-Fi security.

According to Ruckus Wireless CEO, Selina Lo, Cloudpath already has a strong business in the education market, given the need for schools to easily and securely manage an ever-changing array of users and devices.

She claimed the company was also first in the industry to support Chromebook devices, helping schools securely integrate that fast-growing platform into their classrooms. Enterprises and retailers likewise use Cloudpath to apply distinct access policies based on user, role and device for employees, guests, contractors and vendors.

“This is a significant leap forward in simplifying Wi-Fi security for both BYOD and IT devices. We believe that Cloudpath has an easy-to-use and secure onboarding solution, and we’re excited to embrace their technology and talented team as part of the Ruckus family,” Lo said.

Cloudpath founder and CEO, Kevin Koster, said for IT managers, Cloudpath will offer a Wi-Fi experience that enables IT security and BYOD policies to be deployed in a scalable, user-friendly manner.

“Cloudpath’s flagship Enrollment System enables networks to simply and securely adopt certificate-based Wi-Fi, eliminating the IT support costs and user frustration associated with passwords. Wi-Fi should be easy to use, and we’ve made that a hallmark for how we approach onboarding and security.

“Employees, guests and students should be able to get easy and secure access from their device of choice, and it should be equally simple for IT to comprehensively manage and secure that access without generating IT support calls when people try to connect,” Koster added.

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