WHO WE ARE

wi-fiber is built around a small team of highly networked entrepreneurs, leveraging our "outliers advantage" to disrupt outdated industry models by building new digital platform ecosystems with cutting edge technologies.

As individuals, we were born at the cusp of the Digital Transformation Era. We grew up and matured in the context of the growth and maturity of digital technology. As a result, our mindset has been informed and shaped by the exponential speed of change in the world around. More than being comfortable in the midst of change, we expect it, we thrive on it, and we accept the responsibility to shape it for the good of humanity.

The founders of our company graduated from Georgetown Preparatory School (Rockville, MD) whose mission is to develop "competence, conscience, commitment, and compassion" in people motivated by faith and in service to others. As a team, we are all motivated to develop technologies that help humanity live fulfilling lives in a world of ever increasing complexity and change. To do this successfully means we must also be realistic, smart, and pragmatic, learning from what works and, just as quickly, abandoning that which does not.

Our organizational structure mirrors the structure of our digitally networked technologies - a small node with real time connectivity in a vast network of diversified capabilities. We are a smart hub with a modular organizational structure that enables decentralized responsibilities regardless of where they can best be found. We are not looking to accumulate organizational power but rather to empower networks of creative participants through a network in which we are all reflections of each other. We are all in this together. Whatever we create reflects in the lives of everyone else and, in turn, back on us.

In the language of platform business models, we have consciously "inverted" our organizational structure. Different from traditional pipeline business models, we optimize speed and flexibility, and minimize overhead, by orchestrating and leveraging external assets. We are highly networked with innovative technology partners through real time and quickly interchangeable plug-and-play connectivity.

Like our technologies, we are open for collaboration with a wide range of like-minded ecosystem partners looking to build a better future now, today, regardless of the past. We encourage and enable the cities we support to do the same.

In other words, as an organization, we travel lite. We remain unencumbered by the heavy baggage of legacy hardware and software products. We avoid entrenched industry mindsets and move as fast as the rapidly transforming world around us.

We are not defined by our past but rather by our mutually shared vision for the future.

THE WI-FIBER STORY
(A "WHITE PAPER" OUTLINE)

The story of wi-fiber is a convergence of several stories:
  • The telephone
  • The lamp
  • The digital paradigm shift: “software has eaten the world”
  • The difference between pipeline and a platform
  • Complexity: “The kind of problem a city is”
  • AI, IOT and Smart Cities Initiatives
  • Not just smart, but wise.
  • wi-fiber

For over 100 years the telephone was a telephone. In the last couple decades the telephone has exploded far beyond its original narrow use into a multifaceted device made possible by internet connectivity and software design. Who could have known?

The lamppost on every corner is now following almost precisely the same century long path of evolution and technological innovation. For 100 years little more than a source of light, the breadth of its application is about to explode just as happened with the telephone. What we have all experienced in our personal lives is now happening on the level of the massive complex web of socio-economic activity we call an urban city. Smart phone. Smart lamp. Smart city.

But what does this have to do with an urban population? Over 50 years ago people like Jane Jacobs recognized the need to understand the problems and challenges of large urban cities through the lens of the newly evolving cross disciplinary field of “complexity theory”. We now know that virtually every element of the universe is composed of “Complex Adaptive Systems” (“CAS”). The weather, natural ecosystems, social networks, the internet, software systems…. and cities …. all share characteristics of CAS. They emerge and evolve over time through the collective activity of thousands and thousands of independent but highly connected participants. Just how they will eventually take shape over time cannot be known precisely from the beginning, cannot be neatly drawn out in a plan on paper, and often go in directions that would have been difficult to predict.

Said differently, cities – like all CAS -- somehow “learn” and adapt all by themselves over time. If this is true, then cities damn well better be smart about how they are learning. In the past, how they have learned may have been tediously slow and seeming invisible, like natural selection in species evolution, often recognized only in retrospect. Today the speed of learning in Artificial Intelligence is increasingly faster than human learning and in more types of human intelligence. While this is for sure unnerving to many, it is real. And now with instantaneous connection of “things” sharing data via the internet (“IoT”), the entire artificial software-enabled system has the capability of learning astoundingly fast. This is big data on steroids. It is absolutely true that the world moved more slowly in days gone by. Not so anymore. Humans need to keep up. Cities need to keep up.

There is no doubt city leaders will need to be both smart and wise. Throughout the history of mankind, new technologies have been used for good and bad, and today is no exception. It is not just about having more data; it is about using that data for the good of humanity. There will be more densely populated urban space built in the coming decades than has previously been built in the entire history of mankind. To ignore the smart data now available to build new urban space more wisely for the collective benefit of humanity would be foolish. Much of this need is identified in the Federal Government’s 2015 Smart City Initiative. For sure, good judgement and values will be needed to fulfill the intent of these initiatives for the safety, health and socio-economic benefit of the people who live within them.

And this is the point in time where wi-fiber enters the story, filling the technology gap for cities striving to be smart:
  • As stated above, the Digital Paradigm shift from pipeline to platform is proving immensely difficult for many traditional companies, opening the door for innovative startups who understand and thrive in a world of platform models.
  • Enter wi-fiber. wi-fiber has leap-frogged the industry and developed the smart technology that smart cities need today and will need in the future.
  • wi-fiber has transformed its city lampposts into smart hubs of networked connectivity that can continue to evolve over time to incorporate new, yet-to-be-invented applications.
  • wi-fiber creates a broad canopy of wireless (“wi-fiber”) connectivity tapping “wirelessly” into the cities’ existing underground “hard wire” cable fiber infrastructure without the need for costly physical re-wiring.
  • Furthermore, wi-fiber’s modular network design assures that each smart lamppost hub remains active and alive autonomously and is not dependent upon a central source of power or intelligence to operate. Thus, the overall system is robust and does not fail due to the failure of a single component.
  • wi-fiber’s technology is a Platform model (not Pipeline), using a modular plug and play architecture to support multiple new and innovative apps now or as they are created in the future.
  • The open platform design enables cities to create and manage their own customized network of application providers to form partnerships (as recommended by the US Department of Commerce Smart City Tool-kit).
  • wi-fiber immediately provides a broad selection of cutting-edge technology applications for cities to choose from “out of the gate” including sensors, video, audio, etc.
  • All of this on a networked platform powered by 4G real time data transmission.
  • And wi-fiber is already working on next generation technologies.
© wi-fiber, Inc.2017 - All Rights Reserved