What does Trapeze's acquisition of Newbury Networks mean to Cisco?

WLAN vendor Trapeze Networks Monday announced plans to acquire WLAN-based location systems vendor, Newbury Networks, and the move could put a dent in Cisco's own plans for the location-aware market. Every market report shows Cisco with the lion's share of the enterprise WLAN market. But that's not stopping rivals who see wireless networking as a way to reshape what the corporate network means, and take mindshare and marketshare from Cisco.

St. Louis-based Belden - which aquired Trapeze in the summer - has been firmly rooted in wireline networks at the most basic level: copper and fiber optic cabling and similar gear. It's acquisition of Trapeze, a WLAN controller pioneer, suggests that Belden sees radio signals as the next-generation medium for enterprise network connectivity by PC and non-PC clients.

Now the Trapeze unit has acquired Newbury Networks, which offers Wi-Fi-based location technology that can be married with an array of higher-end applications for asset tracking, inventory management, workflow optimization and a host of other applications that can put an object's (or a person's) X/Y cooridinates to good use. announced in May 2008), a platform for processing wireless network and client data, which can then be passed as input to higher-level applications, in this case an asset tracking program, for example, to keep track of high-value equipment. Check out our MSE slideshow. last June, and in December for Cisco Subnet's Cisco News & Reviews podcast series.  

Cisco has its own location play: morphing its existing Wi-Fi location appliance capabilities into part of the new Mobility Services Engine (MSE,

One company taking advantage of the MSE API is Agito Networks, which offers hardware and software to link Wi-Fi-enabled cell phones to shift seamlessly between cellular networks and enterprise WLANs. Cisco Subnet Blogger Brad Reese talked with Agito

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