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Fluke Networks has announced that AirMagnet Survey PRO is the first to offer pre-configured profiles that use real-world wireless data to help wireless engineers instantly determine, with a higher level of accuracy than ever before, whether or not a network adheres to Cisco’s best practices for deploying Cisco Location Services.
With just one click, organizations can improve wireless rollouts, eliminating the need for costly post-deployment redesigns.
“Cisco Location Services allows organisations to use wireless for more than just traditional connectivity so they can track devices and personnel via tags and their mobile devices on a wireless network.
But, for this service to be successful, customers need to meet certain critical wireless infrastructure requirements,” says Chris Spain, vice president of product marketing for the wireless networking group at Cisco.
“AirMagnet Survey PRO’s new integration of Cisco Location Services profiles allows customers to quickly gauge readiness based on real-world data, which brings a new level of accuracy to the process.”
AirMagnet Survey PRO is the industry's most accurate solution for planning and designing 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless LANs (WLAN) for optimal performance, security and compliance. For Cisco Location Services to work optimally, there are strict wireless network guidelines including access point placement, access point separation distance, minimum signal level thresholds, preparedness for voice and data coexistence, and more.
Therefore, it is important to maximise the accuracy and minimise variance between simulated and real-world data when determining readiness for the service.
“When deploying key wireless services, it’s vital to survey the network and gather real-world information that is representative of actual network performance. Cisco Location Services offer customers an innovative capability that can be strategically deployed to track personnel and ensure security, but verifying that the network can support this service is critical,” says Chia-Chee Kuan, vice president of the Fluke Networks WLAN business unit. “Working with Cisco to optimise AirMagnet Survey PRO will help customers streamline the process and more successfully deploy Cisco Location Services based on real-world wireless data.”

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