Akron App Developer Emerges As Pathfinder For A Wi-Fi Driven World

An Akron startup wants to let you use its cell phone app to monitor Wi-Fi performance.

The software development startup, 7signal, launched the app in July, and already news/entertainment company NBCUniversal is using it, with employees downloading it to their phones.

NBCUniversal is “like a lot of companies,” said Jeff Reedy, 7signal’s CEO. “They are cutting the cord [on landlines], getting rid of desktop computers and are heavily depending on employees’ mobile devices and the Wi-Fi working.”

The app is free. Where 7signal makes money is by providing companies and institutions access to data that shows how Wi-Fi is performing throughout their networks, whether they have a single location or multiple sites. Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., is another early user of the app.

 7signal’s software allows companies to pull up map, showing where employees are using Wi-Fi.

IT workers for companies can use the 7signal software to see where employees or customers are having trouble getting Wi-Fi connections or accessing web pages and where voice quality may be poor. The software can even determine what types of phones may be having the most problems in a specific area.

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