As WiFi networks and the array of users and devices that connect to them have become more complex, venture capital firms have flocked to tech outfits that help enterprises secure and manage these systems. Companies such as AirTight Networks Inc., AutoCell Laboratories Inc., Bluesocket Inc., Cranite Systems Inc., Credant Technologies Inc., Divitas Networks, Vocera Communications Inc. and others have attracted VC dollars by improving wireless local area networks, or WLANs, which are typically based on the WiFi standard but can incorporate other technologies.

“It isn’t just for the conference room anymore,” says Louis Rajczi of Siemens AG’s venture capital arm, regarding WiFi. “You want it on all floors and areas of your building, and you want to make sure that it coexists happily with the bank on the floor above you and the insurance company on the floor below you, and that you’re not interfering with each other.”

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