Company History

Radiant Networks represents the vision and values of its employees. A passion for wireless and an understanding of how it can shape your business to be more competitive in today’s economy drives us towards excellence. Our collective experience spans decades of wireless – long before it was “cool” to do wireless. Our staff draws on their broad experience, acquired from a variety of areas – including Cisco’s Aironet division, healthcare, supply chain bar-coding, cellular, Wireless ISP, military RF intercept, broadband wireless, and more to provide enterprise-class solutions.

Our expertise combined with our zeal for quality workmanship will ensure the very best solutions for wireless networks of all sizes – home office to large-scale installations. Our commitment to superior customer service is apparent in all that we do.

Radiant Networks, with headquarters in Louisville KY, and offices throughout the Midwest, is one of the country’s leading Wireless Engineering and Consulting companies. Radiant Networks provides expertise in design, pre-deployment site survey, implementation, and troubleshooting of wireless networks. We have a core competency in wireless infrastructure (we are vendor agnostic) along with expertise in the mission critical applications such as asset tracking and voice riding on the infrastructure.

Radiant Networks was founded in 2005 by two seasoned wireless engineers-Dan Cooper and Paul Zinda. Dan Cooper started his passion for wireless approximately 25 years ago as an Engineer at Telxon working on the Aironet product line. He continued his wireless engineering work at Cisco when Cisco purchased Aironet. Dan left Cisco to start a wireless professional services company called Wirespeed Networks. Wirespeed Networks was purchased by Analysts International where Dan was in charge of the of the Wireless Services division. Paul Zinda developed his passion for wireless in the military. He has over 12 years of wireless design and implementation experience. Paul compliments his indoor wireless experience with extensive expertise in outdoor deployments.

This level of expertise has allowed us to build a strong subcontract business where we are the wireless experts for the “tough” jobs by a variety of integration companies.

Today – secure wireless mobility empowers the workforces of large enterprises, small businesses and home offices alike, making all of them more competitive in today’s economy. Radiant Networks carved a niche in the industry long before it was “cool to do wireless,” co-founder Dan Cooper likes to say. The vital need for wireless mobility, and the company’s vast experience and knowledge, continues to propel Radiant Networks’ growth as the Louisville-based firm has expanded to the Tampa/St. Petersburg region.

The new office provides sales and engineering support to Radiant Networks’ flourishing client base in the region. Founded by Cooper in 2005 out of Louisville, KY, the wireless consulting firm has offices throughout the Midwest, and the Tampa/St. Petersburg location is its first in the Southeastern United States.

“Our growth in the Tampa Bay region, and the Southeast, prompted us to open this office to better serve our evolving base of major clients there,” Cooper said. “Our partner-to-partner business model allows for scalable growth in all vertical markets, including the healthcare, government, education, financial, and manufacturing sectors.”

The local presence in Tampa will be headed by Cooper and Andrew Shipton, the CISO. Cooper serves as the CEO and is engaged in all facets of advanced engineering projects and pre-sales engineering components. Cooper and Shipton are stationed in Tampa to directly work with the firm’s large partners in the region on a regular basis.

“These are exciting times for our company as new technology integrations emerge with major OEM's to focus on secure mobility, IoT, and more,” Cooper said.

Radiant Networks will be a company to watch over the next few years as it continues to experience exponential business growth across the world, Cooper added.

One of the country’s leading wireless engineering and consulting companies, Radiant Networks specializes in complex and secure enterprise design and deployment. The firm provides expertise in design, pre-deployment site survey, implementation, and troubleshooting of wireless networks.

Complementing overall wireless services, the knowledge of Radiant Networks’ new team members is fueling additional growth in wireless security through the leading NAC (Network Access Control) solutions of Cisco Identity Services Engine and Aruba ClearPass. Radiant also has expertise in Routing & Switching, Firewalls, and Cloud integration as well.

Additionally, Radiant now provides managed services with proactive monitoring via their 24/7/365 Network Operations Center.  Security threats and newly identified vulnerabilities are also forcing technology to advance while protocols such as the newly adopted WPA3 will be significant game changers over the next few years, Shipton forecasts.

“There are growing demands on Wireless bandwidth and reliability, and the critical role that WiFi plays to organizations continues to evolve,” Cooper said. “Our diverse capabilities and experience have catapulted our year-to-year growth because businesses of all sizes need wireless mobility, wireless security and the necessary management of those systems and services.”

 

The IT Security Evolution

When it comes to Professional Services, IT Channel Partners are unable to keep up with the formidable and rapid technology transitions that vendors are constantly adapting with.  In such times, what they need to excel within a multi-vendor ecosystem is expert guidance, and this is precisely what Radiant Networks brings to the table with its unique partner-to-partner business model.  Headed by a group of former Cisco Aironet product line Engineers, Radiant Networks is making waves with its premier consulting and professional services around enterprise networking, security, and wireless mobility. What’s Radiant’s end goal?  To bring the latest and greatest in IT Infrastructure to all partners, large or small, helping them leverage multi-vendor value propositions to the fullest.

Having catered to enterprises for 13 years, Radiant Networks holds a broad base of expertise when it comes to networking and integration services. “We have been a longtime partner of Cisco & Fortinet, and we believe that these two companies offer the most comprehensive IT Security solutions which every enterprise in corporate America should consider,” asserts Dan Cooper, president of Radiant Networks.  In addition to being a Cisco Premier Certified partner, Radiant Networks is also Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE), and enterprise networking certified; indicating that their clients are truly in the best hands.  Radiant Engineers hold over 20 active IT Certifications across numerous vendor training programs such as Cisco, Fortinet, HPE Aruba, CWNP, and more.

Depending on the need and the scope of a project, partners can avail Radiant Networks’ offerings either as a standalone service or opt for a cradle to grave approach. From consulting to design, implementation, deployment, and validation, the company delivers end-to-end solutions based on industry standard best practices.  “In every step of the way, we take time to provide knowledge transfer and training to our customers for seamless technology transitions,” mentions Cooper.

Andrew Shipton, the Chief Information Security Officer and Director of Engineering at Radiant, goes on to add, “At present, with the rise in MDM, BYOD, and Multi-Factor Authentication, we are observing an influx of integration needs for products such as Cisco ISE, one of the leading global Network Access Control solutions.  We are at the forefront of such demands by being able to implement these cutting edge technologies.  We are also seeing a significant rise in e-Mail Security solutions such as FortiNAC and Cisco ESA.”  Radiant Networks has completed large scale multi-node ISE deployments (up to 20 nodes) across several continents for multi-national organizations.  But ISE integration is just the tip of the IT Security “Iceberg” Shipton goes on to say.  The company is also adept at a number of diverse platform integrations for both wired and wireless platforms centered around VPN, DNS, e-Mail, while enhancing network segmentation and visibility across enterprises.  With the rise of current security threats that involve modern enterprise networking at all levels, Radiant Networks is also skilled at overall security hardening procedures and SD-WAN integration, which is becoming particularly popular via Fortinet.  What speaks volumes about their credibility is the fact that today, most of Radiant Networks’ clients, from the healthcare sector to universities, have been sourced by word-of-mouth referrals.

In the latter half of this year, the company is also looking forward to achieving its Master Security Specialization from Cisco along with becoming Fortinet Gold Partners.  Currently, only a handful of service providers in the market hold this specialization, which further cements the deep technical expertise that Radiant Networks possesses.