The Wi-Fi Awards

2020 Keith R. Parsons Lifetime Achievement Award

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Award Winner: David Coleman

David D. Coleman is the Director of Product Marketing for Extreme Networks, www.extremenetworks.com. David is a public speaker and proficient technical author, who specializes in Wi-Fi and cloud technologies, and is a member of the Extreme Networks Technical Evangelism team. David travels the world for both customer and channel partner engagements, speaking events and training sessions. He has instructed IT professionals from around the globe in Wi-Fi design, security, administration, and troubleshooting. David has written multiple books, blogs, and white papers about wireless networking, and he is considered an authority on 802.11 technology. Prior to working at Extreme, he specialized in corporate and government Wi-Fi training and consulting. In the past, he has provided Wi-Fi consulting for numerous private corporations, the US military, and other federal and state government agencies. When he is not traveling, David resides in Atlanta, Georgia. David is CWNE #4 and is the co-author of Sybex Publishing’s “Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) Study Guide” – 5th Edition”

Twitter: @mistermultipath

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mistermultipath/

2020 Content Contribution of the Year Award

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Award Winner: François Vergès

François is a founder and owner of SemFio Networks, and a regular contributor to the @cleartosend podcast. Always soft-spoken, but wise in his perspectives, he makes technical Wi-Fi solutions down to earth and easy to understand for even beginners in the Wi-Fi industry. An expert in Wi-Fi who excels at bringing new products and news to the forefront of our industry, François has made a name for himself as a standout content contributor in the community.

Twitter: @VergesFrancois

Blog Site: semfionetworks.com/blog 

Award Finalists

Eddie Forero

Twitter: @Heyeddie

Blog Site: badfi.com


Jake Snyder

Twitter: @jsnyder81

Blog Site: todsfromds.com


Jim Palmer

Twitter: @WirelessJimP

Blog Site: jimswirelessworld.wordpress.com 


Lee Badman

Twitter: @wirednot

Blog Site: wirednot.wordpress.com

2020 Rookie of the Year Award

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Award Winner: Lariana Luy

Lariana Luy is one of the most engaging individuals. She asks great questions to understand and further her knowledge. It is ironic that she is one asking questions when she is an amazing teacher, and engineer. Lariana is helpful and always a professional. In addition, her positive attitude and energy makes a great addition to the community – the community can look forward to seeing what she does.

Twitter: @LarianaLuy

Award Finalists

Gjermund Raaen

Twitter: @GjermundRaaen

Blog Site: www.gjermundraaen.com


John Deegan

Twitter: @wifi_john

Blog Site: www.wifijohn.com


Landon Foster

Twitter: @AceHighWifi


Leonid Tekanov

Twitter: @LTekanov

Blog Site: https://habr.com/ru/company/comptek/blog/467587/

2020 Innovation of the Year Award

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Award Winner: Ekahau Connect

Ekahau offers a a suite of Wi-Fi tools that enable you and your team to design, optimize and troubleshoot any Wi-Fi network faster and easier than ever before. It allows seamless collaboration between IT personnel, who are charged with keeping Wi-Fi running smoothly, and the Wi-Fi expert, who is often overloaded with managing multiple projects and sites.  Choose a collaboration method that works best for you and your customers and easily switch between offline and cloud modes. Enjoy seamless collaboration between central office and field sites and make project sharing with your entire team simple and easy. Multiple people in the field can now work concurrently on the same project while critical data can be quickly shared with Wi-Fi experts anywhere in the world so they can help troubleshoot tough to solve problems without ever leaving the office.


Ekahau Survey is the first professional grade Wi-Fi site survey tool for iPad. It’s intuitive and easy to use which means both Wi-Fi experts and IT professionals can now perform site surveys with ease. It automatically locates all nearby access points and places them on a map and delivers instant post-survey analysis with easy-to-read, beautiful crystal-clear heatmaps.


for more information visit, www.ekahau.com

Award Finalists

Catalyst 9100 series APs (Cisco)

For more information visit www.cisco.com


AI for IT™ (Mist)

For more information visit www.mist.com


CloudVision (Arista)

For more information visit www.arista.com 


EtherScope nXG Portable Network Expert (NetAlly)

For more information visit www.netally.com

2020 Product of the Year Award

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Award Winner: Wi-Fi Explorer

WiFi Explorer gathers configuration and capability information about all the networks it discovers and presents it on an easy-to-use, intuitive user interface. Information includes network name (SSID), BSSID, vendor, country code, channel, band, security configuration, supported data rates, number of streams, and much more. WiFi Explorer has been developed with the support and feedback of Wi-Fi experts. Its ease of use and advanced features, such as the ability to decode network information, access point name discovery or enhanced filtering, give you a full insight into the capabilities and configuration details of wireless networks.


For more information visit, www.adriangranados.com

Award Finalists

eduroam

For more information visit, www.eduroam.org


Wi-Fi Survey Kit (Wi-Fi Stand)

For more information visit, wifisurveykit.com


WinFi Lite (Helge Keck)

For more information visit, www.helge-keck.com


Wireless Intelligence platform (Wyebot)

For more information visit, www.wyebot.com

2020 Company Leadership of the Year Award

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Award Winner: Cisco

Cisco provides thought leadership through their continued outreach to a broad number of communities, from standards working groups such as IEEE and the Wi-Fi Alliance to engagement with a broad number of companies for our device ecosystem.


One specific example of leadership is the Open Roaming initiative. Open Roaming enables mobile users to automatically and seamlessly roam across Wi-Fi and cellular networks, including Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and 5G. This is achieved through a collective of industry partners and collaborators, whose goal is to provide a better bridge between mobile and Wi-Fi networks. Cisco has created this federation around enabling Open Roaming to help create a better experience for the general public.


For more information visit www.cisco.com.

Award Finalists

Active Expert

For more information visit www.activeexpert.com.


Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

For more information visit www.arubanetworks.com.


MetaGeek

For more information visit www.metageek.com.


Tech Field Day

For more information visit www.techfieldday.com.