Terrific sessions planned at Wi-Fi Planet Conference, Nov 30-Dec 2 in San Jose

The Wi-Fi Planet Conference is coming up! From November 30 to December 2 in San Jose, many of the people you have been reading about on Muniwireless (including myself) will be speaking at the conference. Below are the sessions you should not miss. I may add more when Wi-Fi Planet finalizes their agenda.The Wi-Fi Planet Conference is coming up! From November 30 to December 2 in San Jose, many of the people you have been reading about on Muniwireless (including myself) will be speaking at the conference. Below are the sessions you should not miss. I may add more when Wi-Fi Planet finalizes their agenda.

Open Source Mesh Networks, November 30, 13:00-15:00

LocustWorld is a free, open-source mesh networking system developed in the United Kingdom and currently in use on six of the world’s seven continents. The LocustWorld software will run on any PC compatible hardware (but is optimized forr use on VIA’s mini-ITX platform). Wireless ISPs using the LocustWorld system can expect to have access points with all of the features of traditional, proprietary mesh systems from vendors such as Tropos, BelAir, Strix, Mesh Networks, etc. However, a typical LocustWorld access point usually costs no more than $500, as opposed to a price tag in the range of $3,500 for most of the proprietary systems.

The standard LocustWorld software has built-in RADIUS and a centralized management server, and it supports QoS for VoIP. It uses 2048 bit PPK encryption for key exchanges between nodes, and forms 128-bit AES VPN tunnels for traffic passing between the nodes. All of these features are freely available as part of the open source software.

Fastline Internet was the first wireless ISP in the United States to deploy a mesh network using the LocustWorld Mesh Networking System. Its president and co-founder shows you the ropes and gets you firmly on the road to your own mesh-based network.

Kenny Bain, President and Co-founder, Fastline Internet which deployed the community-wide networks in Vivian, Lousiana and Linden, Texas.

The Great Mesh Architecture Debate, December 1, 10:00-11:00

Expect the fur to fly at this one! Do you recall the debate that flared up when Francis daCosta of MeshDynamics attacked the scalability of mesh solutions on the market today? Wireless meshes are beginning to have an impact on metro-scale Wi-Fi deployments, largely because of the potential for huge cost savings. This session will look at the future of large-scale mesh installations, but will also consider how meshes will play in enterprise settings, and discuss how meshes will meet core throughput and time-boundedness performance challenges both today and tomorrow.

*Craig J. Mathias, Principal, Farpoint Group

*Kenny Bain, President and Co-founder, Fastline Internet
*Francis daCosta, Founder and CTO, MeshDyanmics
*Ike Nassi, CTO, Firetide, Inc.
*Dr. Ambatipudi R. Sastry, CTO and Co-Founder, PacketHop
*Ron Sege, President and CEO, Tropos Networks

The State of Municipal Deployments, December 1, 14:30-15:30

This is my panel so you have to attend and it’s packed with people who have really deployed large hotzones. Municipal Wi-Fi networks are a phenomenon whose time has come. Less than a year ago, we heard of the first efforts to create a Wi-Fi cloud over much, if not all, of a small community (the ski resort town of Whistler, B.C.) The big news as of late August is the city of Philadelphia considering deployment of a WLAN covering 135 square miles of urban reality. Clearly, it’s a happening thing, but the objectives, infrastructure and configuration choices, and business models vary tremendously. Get the latest perspectives and insights on muni WLANs.

Esme Vos, Founder, MuniWireless.com

*Michael Keegan, Member, City Council, Hermosa Beach, California
*Carlo MacDonald, President and CEO, CamSoft Data Systems, Inc. (runs Verge Wireless which did the Baton Rouge hotzone, the New Orleans police surveillance network and just won the LA downtown hotzone project)
*Greg Richardson, President & Founder, Civitium (who did the county-wide wireless broadband project in Houston County, Georgia, has been a guest commentator on Muniwireless and sponsored the first Muniwireless “cookbook”)

Wi-Fi Cloud as a Community Tool, December 1, 16:00-17:00

This is my second panel of the day. Description: When city-wide Wi-Fi — a wireless “cloud” — is mentioned, most imagine Internet access for the masses. However, that aspect might not even be the first choice, if it’s a choice at all, for many municipalities installing wireless. The communication aspects of a wide-area WLAN for police, fire fighters, and emergency services are becoming well known, but what about other community needs? Wireless meter reading? Tracking of kids and pets? Real-time transportation schedules (based on the location of buses and taxis)? How about street mounted wireless cameras to keep an eye on crime? All of these are examples happening today, and they are just the beginning of the discussion we’ll have on the way wireless can become a powerful tool in any community.

Esme Vos, Founder, MuniWireless.com

*Thomas Husted, Chief Executive Officer, Columbia REA & Columbia Energy, LLC – A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Columbia REA
*Willem Poterman, CEO and Co-Founder, iGear BV
*Kevin Ryan, Vice President, Business Development, Vivato
*Leonard Scott, Business Unit Manager, City of Corpus Christi
*Ron Sege, President and CEO, Tropos Networks

Mobile Influenza: The Rise of Worms, Viruses, and Intrusions on Wireless Devices, December 2, 11:30-12:30

Everyone’s paranoid about security or rather INsecurity in wireless networks. What other horrible things could happen? Hackers armed with new attack tools like AirJack, AirSnarf, BlueJack, Hunter_Killer, LeapCrack, and PEAP exploits are launching attacks on networks that a year ago were said to be unbreakable. A new breed of worms, viruses, and Trojan horses has also emerged to prey specifically on wireless devices. Wireless devices are an ideal target and carrier for such malware due to their inherent mobility and general lack of security, and hackers are keen to exploit their weaknesses. Presenters will review the latest hacker initiatives in this dynamic arena (with emphasis of 802.11 devices), currently available countermeasures (including protection from MiTM and DoS attacks), and the likely evolution of attacks and defenses. Expect *some* fur to fly at this one. The speakers are competitors.

*Robert Markovich, CEO, Network Chemistry, Inc.
*Richard Rushing, Chief Security Officer, AirDefense
[Disclosure: Rob is a friend and a supporter of Muniwireless]