Peter Thornycroft

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Peter Thornycroft is an engineer in the CTO’s group at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, with interests in voice-over-WLAN, location and RF technologies. He has over 20 years of industry experience with a variety of wireless, carrier and voice technologies. Prior to Aruba, Mr Thornycroft held senior product management and technical marketing positions with Cisco Systems, StrataCom and Northern Telecom.

He is an active participant in the Wi-Fi Alliance and the IEEE 802.11 standards body and holds an MA in electrical sciences engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Peter Thornycroft and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Wi-Fi Certified Passpoint zig-zags towards success

Wi-Fi Certified Passpoint zig-zags towards success

The Wi-Fi Alliance's Passpoint certification—the release 1 features—has tipped the scales and will become a required feature for all new phones. But Passpoint release 2 may never be adopted.

The Wi-Fi network edge leads in an SDN world

The Wi-Fi network edge leads in an SDN world

Software-defined networking's (SDN) centralized, abstracted network model must be fed with the current state of the network. That information will come from the Wi-Fi network edge.

New life for residential Wi-Fi

New life for residential Wi-Fi

Two new residential Wi-Fi products improve the home Wi-Fi experience, but the industry and standards bodies must do more.

The IoT market is unlikely to create a gorilla

The IoT market is unlikely to create a gorilla

The IoT market will spawn a broad range of semi-proprietary platforms with a leader for each wireless technology and end-product segment, but no dominant gorilla.

How to control the stealth IoT invasion

How to control the stealth IoT invasion

IoT devices are invading the enterprise, often by stealth. This creates headaches for the network engineer, but they are manageable: an enterprise IoT management solution requires just a handful of functions.

Emergency call location for mobile UC: slow progress on E911 improvements

Emergency call location for mobile UC: slow progress on E911 improvements

The current unified communications E911 system works but in the most unsatisfactory manner.

WiGig reaches for 60GHz

WiGig reaches for 60GHz

The Wi-Fi Alliance's WiGig certification should be launched by the end of 2016, and indeed some products are already available. Whether it succeeds is the question.

What is the future of mobile communications app security

What is the future of mobile communications app security

We are well on our way to a world where communications traffic between mobile apps will be completely secure. Monitored traffic will be encrypted and uncrackable, even with the cooperation of the app or device developers.

A rocky path to market for LAA small cells

A rocky path to market for LAA small cells

To be commercially successful, small-cells need to become pervasive in public-facing enterprise and significant in private enterprise. But despite significant demand in these markets, small-cells face go-to-market challenges.

Wi-Fi access for the Internet of Things can be complicated

Wi-Fi access for the Internet of Things can be complicated

Enterprise lighting, energy management and other sensors are moving to an architecture where the device hitches a ride on the Wi-Fi network, but only to connect to its service in the cloud: the WLAN is essentially transparent in the...

Global regulators shape the future of LTE-U, LAA

Global regulators shape the future of LTE-U, LAA

All countries regulate RF spectrum, but the form of regulation differs. In the case of LTE-in-unlicensed-spectrum, the US regulator invites the industry to police itself, while Europeans are more rules-oriented.

Important technology choices for indoor location

Important technology choices for indoor location

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is almost certainly the future technology for indoor navigation. This is not due to any technological superiority: rather, it stems from the design choices of one device maker. But BLE implementations are...

How asset tracking technology has evolved

How asset tracking technology has evolved

The combination of lower cost tags, longer battery life, monthly pricing, and monitoring via smartphone apps means we’ll see a number of new asset tracking solutions unveiled in the coming months. Most will use BLE beacons, but Wi-Fi...

When is Wi-Fi blocking justified?

When is Wi-Fi blocking justified?

Wi-Fi networks have stretched traditional definitions of "jamming" to the point where, despite recent FCC rulings, further clarification is needed.

How enterprise networks can take advantage of Wi-Fi calling

How enterprise networks can take advantage of Wi-Fi calling

Since Apple rolled out support for Wi-Fi calling in iOS 8, the other major operators have backed the technology. Here's how it can transform how the enterprise supports mobile.

FCC's 3.5 GHz 'innovation band': What kind of networks can we expect?

FCC's 3.5 GHz 'innovation band': What kind of networks can we expect?

The FCC is opening a new band with rules to ensure spectrum sharing between different users. What kind of networks can be expected in this new band? We consider some possible outcomes.

How the Wi-Fi industry is adapting to keep up with the IoT

How the Wi-Fi industry is adapting to keep up with the IoT

Wi-Fi has ambitions to become a dominant IoT wireless technology. Several initiatives extend the standard, improving range and battery life.

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