Why itâ€™s Fierce: PacketHop has always been different from its pure metro mesh rivals. Instead of using a layout of 802.11-based mesh router boxes to wirelessly transfer data, PacketHop developed software for WiFi clients that allows the devices to act as nodes in an ad-hoc mesh network. That capability is especially beneficial for public safety. Imagine first responders from several municipalities converging in one place for a disaster. Rather than relying on data infrastructure that is usually non-existent, their computers immediately form an ad-hoc network. The PacketHop software authenticates all the users and then allows them to use instant messaging, video conferencing and even display everyoneâ€™s location if they are GPS-enabled. As users move in and out, they are added or removed from the network on the fly.
What to look for: With video surveillance becoming a large selling point when it comes to mesh networks, look for PacketHop to aggressively branch out from public safety into business, government and transportation.