Wavion, a startup provider of Wi-Fi access points (AP) and related technology, on Monday announced a new form of MIMO-based metro-scale wireless access point, which it claims can quadruple the coverage and capacity of current metro networks, as well as cut associated deployment and operating costs in half, according to the group’s release.Wavion says the stronger connections, higher speeds and fewer dead spots provided by its new APs make for an improved user experience. The company also claims that one single spatially adaptive AP can perform the work of three to four traditional APs.“Metro Wi-Fi is an enormous opportunity for service providers, but deployments require new technology to deliver the capacity that supports multiple applications and a growing subscriber base,” said Ran Eisenberg, Wavion’s chief executive. “We created a completely new category of wireless AP, designed from the ground up for outdoor Wi-Fi deployments.”Wavion says its new AP offers benefits to service providers in three key areas. They are as follows:1) Performance. The new Wavion technology allows for increased Wi-Fi coverage with higher bandwidth for mobile apps, and better public safety applications. It also provides a higher performance backhaul and a smaller amount of hops in between wireless nodes.2) Penetration. Wavion’s new access points are less affected by obstacles like buildings or radio frequencies due to high link gain and digital beaming technology.3) Profitability. As mentioned above, one single spatially adaptive AP can provide four times the coverage and capacity as a conventional AP, leading to a decrease of 50 percent in up-front deployment and operating costs, according to Wavion.For related CIO magazine coverage, read Wi-Fight.For more Wi-Fi related news, read San Francisco to Push Google on Privacy and Rhode Island Seeks Statewide Wi-Fi.Check out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.