Student Life with SolutionInc

As a university student at Acadia University, I heavily rely on WiFi and Internet connectivity to efficiently and easily manage my study routine. For my first two years at Acadia I lived on residence, where I spent most my time studying and hanging out with friends. Both of these activities mean that I made a lot of use of the WiFi on campus, such as having access to class resources and competing in very competitive Mario kart tournaments. The quality of WiFi in residence differed from the quality of WiFi in the academic buildings. The academic buildings like the library and classrooms had very consistent and good quality WiFi. This is most likely due to the fact that most academic buildings have very large open areas allowing there to be less interference than in residence buildings. WiFi in residence was not bad, although it had its moments where disconnects would happen and the quality/speed would fluctuate. This was likely caused by the high density of the buildings (lots of rooms close together, floors, people and a high concentration of devices). Access Points (APs) at Acadia residences are mounted on the ceiling in public hallways, along with Ethernet port interfaces in each room allowing for a wired connection. Having APs in each room would have made the WiFi experience much smoother and more enjoyable while in residence. Also having my own Personal Area Network (PAN) to manage my devices would’ve been great – something that I’ve learned about at SolutionInc.

VRMA Vendor Recap

If you follow our social media, you’d know that we attended the Vacation Rental Management Association International Show (VRMA) this year and had an excellent time at the trade show MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

One of our favorite parts of the trade show was getting to meet the excellent vendors who were exhibiting at the show alongside us. Everything from towels to property management systems, there was a vendor for just about everything. It should come as no surprise, though, that the vendors we were particularly interested in were those with WiFi enabled tech.

VRMA Attendee Recap

We attended the Vacation Rental Management Association International Show (VRMA) this year and had an excellent time at the trade show MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Being our first time attending and exhibiting, we really weren’t too sure what to expect. Here we explain the top 3 pillars that we took away from our current and potential customers at this show:

Impact of being a global company

It is no secret that when you become a global organization, your business changes significantly. In today’s market, it can be difficult to be successful while only servicing customers locally or even nationally; going global is almost a requirement. We’ve been a global company for many years working in the Internet and network fields for more than twenty years. I’m old enough to remember the first computer that my friend had and the most amazing games ever – pong and frogger! But it’s otherwise hard for me to remember a time without consistent WiFi access and google in the palm of my hand. And the reality is that many parts of the world still aren’t caught up to North American standards of connectivity.

SolutionInc Supports Airports Council International Event

Rarely have I been to a conference with so many diverse global attendees as there was in Halifax last week for the Airports Council International (ACI) Customer Excellence Global Summit. Countries from 6 of the 7 continents were in attendance – no one from Antarctica surprisingly – to learn about delivering great customer satisfaction, share ideas, and to celebrate those airports that received very high Airport Service Quality (ASQ) scores. As I learned at this event, ASQ scores are determined by polling airport travelers and asking them about their experiences and satisfaction.

Developing Markets

FHA 2018: another great event.  For those unfamiliar, that’s the Foodnhotelasia, Asia’s premiere bi-annual industry trade show.  There is lots of activity happening in the technology scene that is heavy on user experience.  I very quickly noticed data analytics (think dashboards), self-service, surveys, and end-user connectivity are key drivers for growth.  All these growth areas focus on gaining personal insight to our customer’s experience.  This gives us the ability to know where we shop, where we eat, and where we play.  All with the click of a button, and all with the ability to self-serve. And what is one thing that everyone needs and, in many cases, is willing to give you their information for? WiFi access.

My First Access Point

We went on site today to complete the installation of our WiFi authentication portal, analytics engine, and site services to a local customer.  In case you don’t already know, an access point (AP) is a hardware box that is used to create a wireless local area network (WLAN) by connecting to a wireless router (what you get from your internet service provider). AP’s allow users to roam around your facility without service interruptions and can also be used to track usage.

The Network Is Sexy Again

Cisco Connect 2018 was a welcomed event after a 2 year hiatus in Halifax. Held at the new Halifax Convention Center, it was a chance to re-connect and discover what’s new in the world of network technologies.

Summit Place Hotels Announcement at the Nova Centre

Posted by: Glen Girard, SolutionInc Channel Development Manager

In March our team, including Glen Lavigne, Karen Saunders, and I, attended the announcement of the new Sutton Place Hotel to be launched in 2019 in Halifax. The Nova Centre event included spectacular speeches from Halifax Mayor Mike Savage, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil, Developer Joe Ramia from Rank Ltd, and Tom Gaglardi, CEO of Sutton Place Hotels. The venue was bright and held a stunning view of the Halifax downtown and harbour, demonstrating that the Nova Centre will be a premiere destination for conventions and corporate events for decades to come.