Building Massively Scalable WiFi Networks

Monday, November 13, 2017 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
CS 1240

Speaker Name: 

Pravin Bhagwat

Speaker Institution: 

Mojo Networks




Mojo Networks is revolutionizing WiFi through the power of cloud and open standards to make WiFi networks remarkably easy to manage and reliable at massive scale and incredibly cost effective. In partnership with the largest telco operator in India, we are building the world's largest public WiFi network. Close to 100,000 access points have already been deployed and this network is rapidly growing with a target to reach 1 million access points by next year.

I’ll present three innovations – (1) Cloud architecture, (2) Tri-radio WiFi Access Points and (3) Open programmable APIs – which offer ground breaking advantages over controller-based WLAN architecture prevalent in large Enterprises and higher EDU campuses today.

Using the recent KRACK attack on WPA2 as an example, I’ll illustrate why Cloud managed WiFi networks are more secure than controller-based WLANs. I’ll also demonstrate how Tri-radio Access Points in combination with open APIs have power to transform a campus WiFi network into a big DATA R&D testbed -- available 24x7 to faculty and students for building ‘intelligent’ WiFi applications without impacting network operations.

Bio of Dr. Pravin Bhagwat

Pravin Bhagwat is an entrepreneur and a wireless security researcher. He is Co-founder and CTO of Mojo Networks-- a provider of highly scalable & secure cloud-managed Wi-Fi solutions. He brings 20+ years of leading edge research and development experience in wireless, security and networking and leads product innovation, technical strategy and technical marketing at Mojo Networks.

Pravin started his research career at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center and AT&T Research where he was a lead member of Mobile, IP, and Bluetooth research teams. Pravin has research papers (with 1000+ citations) and 27 patents to his credit. For the past four years, Pravin has also been active in several community-level green initiatives and social entrepreneurship projects. Pravin has a B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur, India and an MS/PhD in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park.