Strix Systems: Connecting Geographies with Advanced Wireless Networks
Date: Sunday , January 29, 2017
Technology makes life easy and everyone has the right to use it. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi discerned this fact as soon as he came to power and designed a brand new sprinting boot for India to race with the global digital pace–‘Digital India’, quite a cool name. Through this high expectation-project, India anticipates to enable 2.5 lakh villages to get free and fast internet connection. At the same time, in the technology providing backend, this initiative acts a catalyst for organizations to savor enormous opportunities. Wireless Mesh Network technology is a ubiquitous choice for ‘Digital India’, especially when it comes to connecting rural areas of India with high-speed Internet. Thus, having significant technological advantage over many new and established Wireless equipment providers with its international patents, Strix Systems becomes a prime contender in this digitizing India movement. It caters predominantly to large scale Municipal & Public Safety Networks, Rural & Sub-Urban connectivity, Defense & Emergency Services deployments, Wireless Service providers, Industrial deployments, and Transportation Industry, which are the inevitable targets of mission Digital India.
A Historical Journey through Quality
Strix came into existence in the year 2000 when Wi-Fi technology was at its infancy and large semiconductor companies like Intel and others were still pushing it to become mainstream. At this point in time, the company started to conceptualize technology & products for building Wi-Fi Mesh with auto-discovering, self-configuring, self-optimizing and self-healing features. Several years later, an Indian private equity firm purchased this technology and company in 2008, and started transferring operations to India as it foresaw a bright boom ahead. However, it was an uphill battle in our subcontinent to explain internet service providers that they can use and leverage Wi-Fi technology for building and operating large outdoor wired-equivalent Mesh networks, instead of investing in expensive wired technology. But, India soon hosted a wireless technology boom as combined result of telecommunication industry growth and smartphone revolution, which made the path hassle free for the company.
This sudden shift enabled Strix to focus on its offerings and products with features such as high capacity, large number of user access, large area coverage, high reliability, low installation & operation cost and easy upgradation to new technologies. In addition, the advantages associated with ‘Made-in-India’ factor also came along (such as quick repair/maintenance, support, and localized customization & development support). Strix today has the capability to set up large area outdoor Wi-Fi Mesh networks with multiple dual-band & high-power radios in an industrial grade and robust & proven hardware which ensure high coverage. These fully resilient MESH networks, which currently have a widespread in India post a dozen years of deployment history and expertise, are integrated by a patented and matured software which ensures high capacity, uninterrupted performance, high speed roaming (at speeds of well over 100 kmph) and reliable & rugged wireless network with low latencies. Even though proffering these world class features, the company is successful in bestowing wired-equivalent mesh network with lowest mesh-tax and extremely low overall cost.
Wide Range of Offerings
“Many of our large network installations encompass over 20–40 sq. km or even larger area, servicing thousands of wireless users for over 10 years,” asserts Pranav Shah, CEO, Strix. The company’s products are deployed in some of the most challenging and extremely demanding environments around the world. Spidigo – one of Gujarat’s largest wireless service provider – is one among its customer ecosystem that leverages this matchless capability with a network span of over 20 sq. km, serving 26000+ wireless clients using 500+ network nodes. Other members in this customer ecosystem include Oulu (Finland), Akitakada City (Japan), California Coaster Rail Line (U.S), in addition to several Mines/Marine/Ports and Municipality & Public Safety initiatives in U.S, Europe, and APAC.
Strix’s product range, which is predominantly under two groups – Management Server (or Network Controller) and Radio Units (Network Devices or Access Points), expands to cover a wide variety of deployments including dense metro area (Urban/Sub-Urban), Less dense sub-urban or rural areas, Hot-zone areas, as well as Mobility, and Indoor deployments. Network Controller products include NS-5000 hardware appliance, and Manager-3 & Manager-4 software applications. Whereas Radio Units group is comprised of a large array of products such as OWS (Outdoor Wireless Systems) series, HSX series, MWS (Mobile Wireless Systems) series, PTxP (Point to Point/Point to Multi-Point) series and EWS (Edge Wireless Systems) & IWS (Indoor Wireless Systems).
Facing the Future
With its core workforce spread across three main centers in India and U.S., in addition to sales, distribution, and local support present all over world, Strix is now busy setting its huge future blueprints. “Employees are our key asset! We offer them exposure to cutting-edge and extremely high-speed hardware & software technology,” adds Pranav. Going forward, the company will reach out to its customers with advanced & highly secured Wi-Fi Mesh networking paradigms, and make them understand the value it brings. It also offers significant improvements in efficiency and modularity of management product offerings, while broadening the product portfolio to address application specific challenges of variety of deployments.
Abhishek Javeri, Managing Director
A technology enthusiast & visionary entrepreneur, Abhishek is an integral part of Strix’s core team. He brings invaluable guidance, balance and resources when it comes to solving any tough situations.
Pranav Shah, CEO
With over two decades of experience in networking, security, embedded systems, and wireless industry in the U.S. and India, Pranav handles engineering, product planning, execution, and support.