Macquarie says the new service comes on the back of increased demand from its customers for enhanced Wi-Fi automation and intelligence, driven largely by increased network activity.
Macquarie announced on Tuesday that it is investing $3.9 milion in personnel, operations, and research and development (R&D) over the next five years to build out the service.
Macquarie says it has successfully trialled the SD-LAN service with a leading Australian tyre and auto repairs company and an ASX-listed dental company, with both organisations now signed up for a wider rollout.
According to Macquarie, with the threat of abrupt COVID-19 restrictions still affecting Australia, the service can be used to help offices, restaurants, airports, and other industries keep count of the amount of people in a premises or particular zone, helping to ensure compliance with Government or company policies.
“The SD-LAN service uses anonymised location analytics to regulate the density of people in a given floorplan, triggering an automatic alert when that number is reached and a new Bluetooth or Wi-Fi device enters the premises,” said Luke Clifton, Group Executive, Macquarie Telecom.
“The application of this technology is incredible for office managers balancing a hybrid workforce, restaurants and hospitality venues with limits on numbers, and airports once they return to increased levels of travellers. Limits can be set, adjusted, and fed to operational teams in minutes.”
Macquarie said it has leveraged the Juniper Networks-owned Mist Platform to develop its SD-LAN service, which uses AI and machine learning to identify all the data points in a network, create a baseline for what ‘the norm’ looks like, and constantly assess and correct anomalies to maximise performance.
“We are investing in technologies and partnerships that enable Australian businesses to adapt to a new and fast-changing norm,” Clifton said.
“SD-LAN is a customer-first architecture that will help companies automate and stay at the forefront of technology they need. The service will be fully managed and supported by our dedicated customer support team here in Australia."