THE WI-FI EXPLOSION – PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
- Date: 30 Aug 2023
- Time: 04:45 PM to 06:30 PM
- All times are (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Location: Room Number: SCDI 1301, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, California, United States 95053,
The story of how Wi-Fi came to be one of our most significant technologies is surprisingly dramatic. Coming out of the fierce techno/political battles at its birth, Wi-Fi exploded into tens of billions of devices around the globe, where today it supports over half of all internet traffic. This presentation will cover the backstory behind the Wi-Fi phenomenon and will look at what the future might bring.
Speaker Bio: For twenty-five years, until his retirement as Vice President of Technology for the Wi-Fi Alliance, Greg Ennis was at the very center of the Wi-Fi industry. In 1993, Ennis and two co-authors developed the technical proposal that was voted in by the IEEE 802.11 committee as the foundation for the Wi-Fi standard, beating out nine competing proposals from IBM and others. He then served as Chief Technical Editor for that Wi-Fi standard and was awarded by IEEE a “Certificate of Appreciation—in grateful acknowledgment of his outstanding contributions.” In 1999, Ennis and a handful of colleagues founded the Wi-Fi Alliance (“the international network of companies that bring you Wi-Fi”) and from the very beginning, he held that organization’s lead technical position until retiring in 2016. Ennis has been inducted into the Wi-Fi Alliance Hall of Fame. He is the author of “Beyond Everywhere – How Wi-Fi Became the World’s Most Beloved Technology” from Post Hill Press, published in July 2023 and now available on Amazon.