Welcome to The Beacon!
June 19, 2013 by Edgar Figueroa, Wi-Fi Alliance
Wi-Fi® is continually evolving, and Wi-Fi Alliance® is fortunate to be at the center of this dynamic, exciting industry. Our more than 550 member companies across the globe represent a diverse industry mix, ranging from carriers to device manufacturers and everything in between. These members are shaping the future of Wi-Fi technology, bringing the innovation and thought leadership that continues to drive new Wi-Fi applications and products.
With that in mind, we are excited to introduce The Beacon, a blog built to provide a platform for these visionary leaders to provide their insights on industry trends, hot technology topics, emerging markets, and real-world technology applications. We have some excellent contributions in the pipeline, and we hope you’ll agree that the blog is appropriately named as a prominent location to celebrate innovation in our industry.
Over the next few months, we’ll have a variety of contributed articles, postings, infographics, and videos focusing on a flagship program for 2013 – Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ ac. Looking further ahead, we will provide The Beacon readers with a look at other exciting developments in our industry, and we plan to generate discussion on current and emerging Wi-Fi Alliance programs, as well as broader industry trends.
Please share The Beacon with colleagues and let us know what you think by participating in the comments. We look forward to hearing from you!
President and Chief Executive Officer
As president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance, Edgar has led an unprecedented period of growth for Wi-Fi®. Under Edgar’s leadership, Wi-Fi Alliance has grown to more than 700 member companies, maintained an aggressive development roadmap, and adopted a vision of “Connecting everyone and everything, everywhere.” Edgar forged numerous strategic partnerships to facilitate penetration of Wi-Fi into established and emerging markets. Edgar also defined the Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ program development framework, and guided the launch of several generations of interoperable Wi-Fi programs that have proliferated Wi-Fi into mass markets such as mobile and consumer electronics.
Prior to Wi-Fi Alliance, Edgar was at Ridgeway Systems & Software (now Cisco). He was instrumental in delivering the industry’s first session border controller, and the H.460.18 and H.460.19 International Telecommunications Union standards for secure network traversal. Before Ridgeway, Edgar held product management and engineering roles at 3M Company.
Edgar is a veteran of the United States Navy, where he served in a fighter pilot training squadron and received numerous awards including Sailor of the Year. He has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin Community College, and various community programs in Austin Texas. In 2009, he was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Alumni Hall of Fame.
Edgar is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a Masters in Technology Commercialization, and undergraduate degrees with honors in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics.