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Wi-Fi Is a Win/Win for Class B/C Building Owners

According tolargecouplelaptop_small Multifamily Executive, Class B/C apartments will get a big boost in the coming year.  Wireless amenities are going to play a big role as B/C building owners look to differentiate their properties with affordable amenities that will attract and retain renters.  Wi-Fi is known as the most requested amenity by the B/C demographic, including millennials and working-class individuals and in-building cellphone reception is non-negotiable.  Managed wireless services differentiates a property, can create an additional revenue stream to offset the cost and solves the most pressing in-building voice problems facing building owners: poor in-building voice coverage.

Millennials especially will forgo many in-unit luxuries in exchange for fast, reliable Wi-Fi and great cellphone coverage.   They are known to value experiences over spending their money on homes, in fact a recent survey showed that millennials would prefer to have Wi-Fi over on-site laundry.   Providing residents with adequate wireless services is an inexpensive way for building owners to differentiate their property.  In regards to in-building phone coverage, millennials and Gen Xers simply won’t rent if they cannot use their cellphones inside.  Wi-Fi provides building owners with a Win/Win as it can be used to provide the data services amenity that renters crave while also providing Wi-Fi calling services within a building that has poor voice coverage at a fraction of the cost of a Distributed Antenna System.

A managed property-wide Wi-Fi calling system offers building owner the ability to generate additional revenue at their property, but providing complimentary Wi-Fi calling and amenity Wi-Fi services throughout the property but charging residents for in-unit data services.  This approach allows B/C class building owners to get a return on their Wi-Fi investment and let the system pay for itself.

For more information email: marketing@spotonnetworks.com

Spot On Networks Announces Emergency Responder Radio Booster Product For Multifamily and Commercial Buildings

Spot On Networks Announces RadioBoost™ – Emergency Responder (ER), An Emergency Responder Radio Booster Product For Multifamily and Commercial Buildings

Spot On Networks announces RadioBoost™ – Emergency Responder (ER) a product that provides in-building radio signal coverage for Emergency Responders.

 

For Immediate Release

New Haven, CT June 14, 2017

Spot On Networks announces RadioBoost™- Emergency Responder (ER), a public safety radio frequency booster system that brings outdoor radio coverage inside of a building.  This system provides first responders with emergency communications radio coverage in the areas where they need it most including hallways, corridors, garages and subterranean levels.

In post-9/11 United States, regulations have been made at the national, state and local levels mandating emergency responder communication coverage for building occupancy.  RadioBoost™-ER fulfills the requirements for national, state or local ordinance that mandates coverage.  RadioBoost™-ER provides coverage in the 150 MHz (VHF), 450 MHZ (UHF) and 700/800 (LMR) bands with the ability to provide coverage in future bands as mandated.

Ensure First Responders can communicate inside of your building with RadioBoost - First Responder, a part of the CellBoost Family of Services.

Ensure First Responders can communicate inside of your building with RadioBoost – First Responder, a part of the CellBoost Family of Services.

Today’s new building construction is built with energy-saving low-emissions glass, concrete and steel which are notorious for blocking radio and cellular frequency from penetrating a building and can result in emergency response communication gaps.  Building owners need to provide RadioBoost™-ER or similar radio frequency coverage within their buildings to provide reliable coverage for fire fighters, police and other first responder personnel.  RadioBoost™-ER creates safer buildings in the event of an emergency.

RadioBoost™-ER is part of the CellBoost® Family of Services.  In 2012, Spot On Networks released the CellBoost® Family of Services, a line of products developed to solve problems related to poor radio frequency coverage inside of buildings.  The first CellBoost® product, a carrier-agnostic service, brings outdoor cellular coverage inside of a building allowing residents and staff to user their cellphones inside.  The CellBoost® Family of Services now includes 3G cellular coverage, 4G cellular coverage and coverage in the Emergency Responder bands.

“RadioBoost™-ER was developed so that building owners can protect their buildings, residents and staff by providing adequate emergency responder radio coverage”, stated Dick Sherwin, President & CEO of Spot On Networks, “More and more we are seeing mandated regulations at various levels of government relating to Emergency Responder coverage and RadioBoost™-ER fulfills this need for building owners.  Spot On has been at the forefront of solving in-building wireless coverage issues, especially as it relates to new construction since the early 2000’s and we are proud that RadioBoost™-ER is dedicated to creating safer properties for our customers”.

 

 

About Spot On Networks

Spot On Networks (“SON”) is a wireless internet service provider and wireless consulting company representing tens of thousands of residential and commercial tenants, nationwide.  SON designs, deploys and manages carrier grade Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Calling and CellBoost® networks to multifamily, senior living, hospitality, retail and commercial buildings.  Spot On’s wireless networks are backed by patented network architecture and UserSafe® technology.

SON is the leading provider of managed Wi-Fi networks and in-building voice solutions to the U.S. multitenant housing market and is a trusted leader in wireless since 2004.  SON develops wireless solutions to solve the most pressing problems facing today’s building owners.

Queensbridge Connected Wi-Fi Network Receives Digital Inclusion Leadership Award At Broadband Summit

The Queensbridge Connected Community-Wide Wi-Fi network, designed and implemented by Spot On Networks, receives the Digital Inclusion Leadership Award From Next Century Cities in partnership with Google Fiber at Broadband Communities Summit 2017.

For Immediate Release

New Haven, CT May 3, 2017

From Left: Dick Sherwin, President & CEO Spot On Networks, Alfonso Jenkins, Deputy Commissioner for Telecommunications Planning,  Joshua Breitbart, Senior Advisor for Broadband at Office of the Mayor New York City

From Left: Dick Sherwin, President & CEO Spot On Networks, Alfonso Jenkins, Deputy Commissioner for Telecommunications Planning at New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Joshua Breitbart, Senior Advisor for Broadband at Office of the Mayor New York City at 2017 Broadband Communities Summit

The Queensbridge Connected, Community-Wide Wi-Fi network model received the Digital Inclusion Award this Tuesday at the Broadband Communities Summit.  In attendance at the Broadband Summit were Joshua Breitbart, Senior Advisor for Broadband at Office of the Mayor New York City, Alfonso Jenkins, Deputy Commissioner for Telecommunications Planning at New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and Dick Sherwin, President and CEO of Spot On Networks.  Breitbart and Jenkins accepted the award which was awarded by Next Century Cities in partnership with Google Fiber.

The Queensbridge Connected model is the first collaboration between the City of New York’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT) and the City’s public housing authority (NYCHA).  Queensbridge Connected is a part of the OneNYC Broadband Initiative’s promise to invest “in networks providing high-speed residential access either free or at low-cost for low-income communities”.

Spot On Networks was awarded the contract by the City of New York to design, build, implement and support the Queensbridge Connected community-wide Wi-Fi network in 2016.  The Network provides free high speed Wi-Fi internet and Wi-Fi calling access with speeds up to 25 Mbps and seamless connectivity throughout the community.  Furthering the mission to “Bridge the Digital Divide”, Spot On has hired and trained residents within Queensbridge Houses to assist in building, supporting and promoting the Queensbridge Connected network.  The model of employing residents to make Queensbridge Connected a reality has proven essential to the success of the project.

“We are proud to have been chosen as the Wi-Fi service provider for Queensbridge Houses”, stated Dick Sherwin, President & CEO of Spot On Networks, “and we stand firmly with New York City on the importance of ‘Broadband for All’ and ‘Bridging the Digital Divide’.  The City of New York is clearly the leader on community-wide Digital Inclusion.  We at Spot On Networks believe that the Queensbridge Connected Wi-Fi network is the ideal model for future community-wide broadband networks in the affordable housing sector.”

About the Digital Inclusion Leadership Award

The Digital Inclusion Leadership Awards program is given by Next Century Cities in partnership with Google Fiber.  According to a press release on the Next Century Cities website, “These awards celebrate city and county governments that are leading programs or empowering community-based organizations to tackle barriers to Internet adoption.  The awards are an opportunity to celebrate the cities that are leading community changing programs and encourage public leaders to get involved in digital inclusion by sharing best practices”.

About Spot On Networks

Spot On Networks (“SON”) is a wireless internet service provider and wireless consulting company representing tens of thousands of residential and commercial tenants, nationwide.  SON designs, deploys and manages carrier grade Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Calling and CellBoost® networks to multifamily, senior living, hospitality, retail and commercial buildings.  Spot On’s wireless networks are backed by patented network architecture and UserSafe® technology.

SON is the leading provider of managed Wi-Fi networks and in-building voice solutions to the U.S. multitenant housing market and is a trusted leader in wireless since 2004.  SON develops wireless solutions to solve the most pressing problems facing today’s building owners.

 

Carrier Grade WiFi Network as a Service (“NaaS”) in Multi-Tenant Properties

WiFi Service has become even more ubiquitous than cellular services. At the end of 2016 mobile data traffic offloaded to WiFi network services exceeded mobile data traffic on cellular services.[1] Providing a WiFi NaaS in multi-tenant buildings is particularly problematic due to the density of users, building structures and the demographic makeup of the residents for carriers other than Spot On Networks.

Millennials and Gen X’ers utilize more mobile data capacity than other segments of the population and generally make up the majority of residents in multi-tenant buildings. As mobile devices have proliferated, these residents have begun to utilize mobile video streaming services instead of the standard linear video programming found on cable networks. These Over the Top (“OTT”) applications, in conjunction with more advanced chip sets in mobile devices has led to greater demand for mobile services especially at home.

Newer buildings with Low Emission Glass and concrete and steel structures are more likely to have poor cellular services, whether 4G or 5G, within the building.  WiFi has become the primary connection option for residents of these buildings.  The density of users within these building requires WiFi access points with much higher capacity than those in a single family home or hot spot.

Access points are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the WiFi NaaS. Back-end architecture and monitoring need to be in place to ensure Quality of Experience (QOE), security and reliability.

WiFi Reliability has become increasingly important as more data traverses these networks. With OTT video streaming applications becoming increasingly popular, deploying a WiFi NaaS with increased redundancy and the elimination of interference due to other nearby access points becomes critical.

No longer is “best efforts” good enough for large multi-tenant buildings, especially when the WiFi NaaS is being used for streaming video and voice services. SON’s patented Tessellated Grid Design offers a unique approach to multi-tenant buildings. By deploying this patented design, the WiFi NaaS is characterized by reduced radio frequency interference, thus improving connectability, capacity and speeds, and by coverage redundancy for each apartment, thus increasing reliability.

For voice services, Quality of Service (QOS) implementation establishing voice packet prioritization, and “handoff” (connecting from one access point to another) controlled by the back end network architecture provides superior quality service for residents, thus obviating the need for a more expensive in building cellular augmentation solution. Seamless handoff across all of the access points in the NaaS is a necessity in a multi-tenant building as a resident moves from apartment home to corridor to amenity area.

WiFi security is a major issue in dense environments. A triple level of security is required to ensure prevention of hacking and privacy invasion. Not only are user codes and passwords required, but encryption of those codes reduces the possibility of user code capture. Furthermore, with Spot On Networks’ (SON) patented UserSafe® technology platform, client isolation is implemented across all network elements, preventing hackers from seeing or “sniffing” other user devices. If devices cannot be seen or “sniffed” they cannot be hacked, thus increasing the level of security significantly.

A managed WiFi NaaS, with proactive network monitoring and a 24/7 HelpDesk, resolves issues before they are apparent to the resident, and offers a service to residents who have issues obtaining network connection. Network analytics, a part of the monitoring function, provides building owners with the knowledge of how much and by who data is being used.   In conjunction with the improved performance offered by its Tessellated Grid Design and the security of its UserSafe® technology platform, SON’s WiFi NaaS offers unique capabilities for the multi-tenant building not available from any wired internet service provider.

[1] Cisco Visual Networking Index – 2/7/17

Spot On Networks Receives Notice of Allowance For Wi-Fi Network Architecture Patent

Spot On’s Tessellated Grid Patent Relates To Wi-Fi Network Architecture That Maximizes Wi-Fi Signal Strength While Mitigating Interference.

For Immediate Release

New Haven, CT April 5, 2017

Spot On Networks (“SON”) announced today the Notice of Allowance issued to it by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office of a patent that enhances user reliability and connectivity over a multi-dwelling Wi-Fi network.

Spot On’s new patent is for a Tessellated Grid Design relating to access point placement and channelization in Wi-Fi network architecture.  Spot On’s now-patented 3D Tessellated Grid approach places the access points in a such a way that signal bleed-over and over-saturation is mitigated by staggering access point placement horizontally and vertically.  Channelization and power input are then adjusted to separate access points into non-interfering bands.  This network approach allows for coverage to be maximized while interference between access points is minimized.  The Tessellated Grid approach tests more effective than access point built-in auto-channeling capabilities.

This network design approach is geared towards the multifamily/ multi-dwelling and hospitality space and provides effective and reliable network coverage to various building types including high-rise, midrise and podium builds.  Spot On’s Tessellated Grid approach is complemented by patented UserSafe® technology which utilizes client isolation technology to guard users from hacking and identity theft.  Both these patents when deployed in the same network architecture provide exceptional levels of reliability and security and a carrier-grade level of wireless service in a multi-dwelling environment.

“Being the oldest provider of managed Wi-Fi in the multi-family/ multi-dwelling space has given us both the time and experience to develop the most effective method of architecting a wireless network that provides both the end user with exceptional service and the building owner with a superior level of security and network management,” stated Richard “Dick” Sherwin, CEO of Spot On Networks.  “We are proud to be the only managed Wi-Fi provider that currently offers UserSafe® technology and Tessellated Grid Design.”

About Spot On Networks

Spot On Networks (“SON”) is a wireless internet service provider and wireless consulting company representing tens of thousands of residential and commercial tenants, nationwide.  SON designs, deploys and manages carrier grade Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Calling and CellBoost® networks to multifamily, senior living, hospitality, retail and commercial buildings.  Spot On’s wireless networks are backed by patented network architecture and UserSafe® technology.

SON is the leading provider of managed Wi-Fi networks and in-building voice solutions to the U.S. multitenant housing market and is a trusted leader in wireless since 2004.  SON develops wireless solutions to solve the most pressing problems facing today’s building owners.

For more information regarding this release:

Jessica DaSilva, Sr. Director of Marketing

203-523-5210

 

Bridging the Digital Divide

To download a copy of this White Paper click on the following link or cut and paste into your browser: Bridging the Digital Divide Broadband in the Affordable Multitenant Complex – SON Whitepaper 3-2017

White Paper:

Bridging the Digital Divide

Broadband in the Affordable Multitenant Complex

Author: Dick Sherwin, Member Wireless Hall of Fame

Affordable housing developments are increasingly leaning toward high speed broadband services reflecting changing life styles of the population.  These developments need to offer facilities to bridge the digital divide.  In a rule established by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”)  effective on January 19, 2017, certain subsidies have become available:

 

“Through this proposed rule, HUD continues its efforts to narrow the digital divide in low-income communities served by HUD by providing, where feasible and with HUD funding, broadband access to communities in need of such access. Broadband is the common term used to refer to a very fast connection to the Internet. Such connection is also referred to as high-speed broadband or high-speed Internet. In this rule, HUD proposes to require installation of broadband infrastructure at the time of new construction or substantial rehabilitation of multifamily rental housing that is funded by HUD………….. Installing unit-based high-speed Internet in multifamily rental housing that is newly constructed and substantially rehabilitated with HUD funding will not only expand affordable housing for low-income families but will provide a platform for individuals and families residing in such housing to participate in the digital economy, and increase their access to economic opportunities.”[1] 

 

Many housing authorities want to provide a series of services to their residents, including health services, employment services, directions, etc. that can be easily done via a portal to on line housing authority services.  To provide such services, broadband to the residents is required.

 

Broadband has become a utility, much like water, heat and air conditioning.  Wireless broadband, specifically WiFi has become a necessity for residential, retail and entertainment facilities and is now becoming a necessity for affordable housing as well.  There are several reasons for these occurrences:

 

  1. Mobile data traffic (wireless) grew 74 percent in 2016 and is projected to increase eightfold by 2020.[2]
  2. Average smartphone usage grew 43% in 2015 and more than 50% of all traffic from mobile connected devices will be handled by WiFi or femtocells.[3]
  3. According to an analysis by the Center for Economic Opportunity, 22 percent of New York City households do not have internet service at home and 36 percent of households below the poverty line do not have internet access at Recent data on smartphone use by the Pew Research Center shows that one in five American adults rely on smartphones as their primary source for Internet access. According to Pew, half of all people with no or limited home Internet have had to cancel or suspend their phone service because of financial constraints.[4]

Affordable multitenant developments will benefit from the use of high speed WiFi internet and data access in a number of important ways.  “Bridging the Digital Divide” has become a euphemism for broadband deployment in low income housing.  But high speed wireless communications has become so important in the daily lives of affordable housing residents for a host of reasons.

 

Providing broadband access to these residents promotes completion of homework to school age children, makes finding jobs easier for those looking for them, offers easy access to various city services including health services and other municipal services and lastly provides an additional level of safety via notifications.

 

A Network as a Service (“NaaS”) that provides very secure, consistent connectivity, with seamless connection throughout the development will offer the quality of experience required.  High speed backhaul connected to a WiFi NaaS provides residents with the capacity and speeds needed for education, viewing of services, economical video streaming and communications.

 

Spot On Networks’ NaaS utilizes patented technology to provide secure wireless services with seamless connectivity throughout a residential development.  The NaaS requires high capacity within buildings and extremely high speed backhaul bandwidth to the mixed use development.  Using  a network of various elements, including wireless access points with gigabit speeds and video streaming capability, combined with the incorporation of Gigabit Ethernet to the development, Spot On Networks is one of a very small number of companies that has implemented such high capacity, high quality services.  It’s latest project, in conjunction with the New York City Mayor’s Office, New York City Housing Authority (“NYCHA”) and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (“DoITT”) offers high speed wireless service to all 7,000 residents of the NYCHA Queensbridge complex, the largest of its kind, so that they are able to receive consistent, high quality access to the internet and various other services.  Reaction to the broadband implementation at Queensbridge has been universal.

 

“NYCHA’s vision for the families who live in our communities is one that is safe, clean and connected.  Our residents, who include more than 100,000 children, have lacked access to the benefits that the wireless broadband Internet provides,” said NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye.

 

“I’m thrilled that new broadband services are being delivered to Queensbridge houses,” said Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney. “Broadband is needed for everything from completing homework to searching for a job to starting and running a small business.”

 

“The Mayor’s initiative to bring free wireless high­capacity Internet access to public housing units in New York City marks a crucial step towards addressing one of the most important social justice issues of our time. Without a persistent data connection, you cannot thrive in the 21st century; with one, you are on your way towards achieving the dignity and autonomy every human being deserves,” said Susan Crawford, Professor at Harvard Law School.

 

“The Mayor’s plan for high­speed residential wireless networks is a giant leap towards universal, affordable broadband in New York City. These kinds of smart investments in broadband infrastructure are precisely what the city needs to remain a global leader,” said Jared Kushner, formerly of the Kushner Companies.

 

To bring (high speed, high capacity services to affordable housing developments is not inexpensive.  Utilizing WiFi to provide such services is the most cost effective mechanism available today.   With the advent of the HUD ruling, in conjunction with the Lifeline Broadband Program, funds are available to implement the infrastructure and the NaaS for affordable housing so that all people can be brought into the 21st Century.

 

 

 

 

 

[1] HUD/HUDSEC RIN: 2501-AD75

 

 Narrowing the Digital Divide Through Broadband Installation in HUD-Funded New Construction and Substantial Rehabilitation (FR-5890)

 

[2] Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast 2016-2020

[3] IBID

[4] New York City Mayor’s Office – July 2016

We get subpoenaed all the time… tales of a managed Wi-Fi service provider.

We get subpoenaed all the time. It’s the reality of being a managed wireless service provider and one of the most important, and often least talked about, aspects of the service we provide to our building owner clients. CALEA (The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act) Compliance is one of the main differentiators between offering your residents WiFi services from a managed provider and hotspot services from a cable company or telco.

Just this week we were called out west to testify in a trial where illegal activity took place over the WiFi network of one of our properties. Luckily, when the government needed to obtain network activity, the property had Spot On UserSafe® WiFi services and was therefore in compliance with CALEA. We, as the service provider, work with the government entity to provide all the necessary information, testimony and technology pathways to gain information. If the property in question had simply provided unmanaged hotspot WiFi connectivity, they would not have been able to provide the pathways to information gathering that the government needed and could have been subject to a fine of $10,000.00.

CALEA fines are no joke, they are real and they are enforced. We have had multiple customers come to us for services after having incurred a fine for being out of compliance with CALEA. No property owner should have to incur this fine, it is completely preventable. While a simple hotspot can be very inexpensive or even free to put unmanaged hotspot WiFi into your amenity areas but the whole thing falls apart if a CALEA request comes in and the property is out of compliance.

For those who are not familiar with CALEA, it requires a “telecommunications carrier” to ensure that they have the ability to enable law enforcement officials to “conduct electronic surveillance”. Essentially if a property throws up a router to provide WiFi services to residents, they become the “telecommunications carrier” and are liable for fines and other acts of law enforcement if they cannot fulfill CALEA requirements. As a managed service provider, we handle all aspects of CALEA compliance so the building owner does not need to worry.

In addition to CALEA requests, another common issue we run into are government requests related to Copyright Infringement. This is another very real scenario where building owners find themselves subject to fines and even in some instances could be labeled a “co-conspirator” to illegal activity that took place over their network. A managed service provider handles Copyright issues as well.

To sum it up, a managed service provider is much different than a Comcast or AT&T, our mission in everything from our network monitoring to our network architecture is design with the building owner in mind. While you may pay less for cable or telco services, sometimes even getting them for free, you can’t put a price on peace of mind. That is what UserSafe® WiFi is all about: peace of mind for the building owner and providing a great service for residents that increase property value.

We get subpoenaed all the time… tales of a managed Wi-Fi service provider.

Computer crime concept.We get subpoenaed all the time. It’s the reality of being a managed wireless service provider and one of the most important, and often least talked about, aspects of the service we provide to our building owner clients. CALEA (The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act) Compliance is one of the main differentiators between offering your residents WiFi services from a managed provider and hotspot services from a cable company or telco.

Just this week we were called out west to testify in a trial where illegal activity took place over the WiFi network of one of our properties. Luckily, when the government needed to obtain network activity, the property had Spot On UserSafe® WiFi services and was therefore in compliance with CALEA. We, as the service provider, work with the government entity to provide all the necessary information, testimony and technology pathways to gain information. If the property in question had simply provided unmanaged hotspot WiFi connectivity, they would not have been able to provide the pathways to information gathering that the government needed and could have been subject to a fine of $10,000.00.

CALEA fines are no joke, they are real and they are enforced. We have had multiple customers come to us for services after having incurred a fine for being out of compliance with CALEA. No property owner should have to incur this fine, it is completely preventable. While a simple hotspot can be very inexpensive or even free to put unmanaged hotspot WiFi into your amenity areas but the whole thing falls apart if a CALEA request comes in and the property is out of compliance.

For those who are not familiar with CALEA, it requires a “telecommunications carrier” to ensure that they have the ability to enable law enforcement officials to “conduct electronic surveillance”. Essentially if a property throws up a router to provide WiFi services to residents, they become the “telecommunications carrier” and are liable for fines and other acts of law enforcement if they cannot fulfill CALEA requirements. As a managed service provider, we handle all aspects of CALEA compliance so the building owner does not need to worry.

In addition to CALEA requests, another common issue we run into are government requests related to Copyright Infringement. This is another very real scenario where building owners find themselves subject to fines and even in some instances could be labeled a “co-conspirator” to illegal activity that took place over their network. A managed service provider handles Copyright issues as well.

To sum it up, a managed service provider is much different than a Comcast or AT&T, our mission in everything from our network monitoring to our network architecture is design with the building owner in mind. While you may pay less for cable or telco services, sometimes even getting them for free, you can’t put a price on peace of mind. That is what UserSafe® WiFi is all about: peace of mind for the building owner and providing a great service for residents that increase property value.

New Multifamily WiFi Model Provides WiFi Calling and Subscription Services To Residents

Spot On Networks new WiFi offering allows building owners to offer residents property-wide WiFi calling and subscription data services while continuing to honor marketing exclusivity agreements with cable and telco companies

 

For Immediate Release

New Haven, CT February 27, 2017

Spot On Networks (“SON”) announced today the development of a new service offering that provides property-wide WiFi calling service and subscription-based tiered data services to residents in multifamily buildings. This new service offering uses SON’s UserSafe® WiFi technology to provide property-wide seamless, high-quality voice coverage with Quality of Service (“QOS”) and voice packet prioritization. This same wireless service also allows residents to subscribe to low-cost high speed WiFi internet services as an alternative to the high-cost plans offered by cable and telco ISPs. The new solution allows building owners to offer WiFi for voice-only services at no-cost while preventing residents from receiving data services unless they subscribe, thus allowing building owners to honor their existing marketing agreements which often do not allow a property to offer bulk data services. The property-wide wireless backbone also provides amenity area data services to residents at no cost and support for the Internet of Things (IoT). The pricing for this new model is significantly less than other voice solutions like a Distributed Antenna System (“DAS”).

The multifamily industry has long been plagued with poor in-building cellular coverage due to energy saving construction materials such as concrete and low-emission glass. Poor cellular coverage has hurt the multifamily industry resulting in dissatisfied residents and lease issues. Solutions to the in-building cellular coverage problem prior to the cellular carrier’s adoption of WiFi calling had been predominately cellular booster systems or DAS which is often a non-starter due to high cost and long deployment time. A property-wide wireless backbone with WiFi calling and subscription data services will typically cost a building owner $0.40 per square foot which is about one-fifth of a DAS solution.

While WiFi calling has been available in various forms for years, it has only become a viable in-building voice solution in the past eighteen months due to native dialing support from the four major cellular carriers: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint as well as a host of MVNOs with various WiFi calling solutions and device offerings such as Republic Wireless and Google Project Fi. Spot On Networks has been developing and testing managed wireless services that support seamless, high-quality WiFi calling with QOS and voice packet prioritization for years.

“We have long been involved in developing in-building voice solutions for our building owner clients,” stated Spot On Networks CEO, Dick Sherwin. He continued, “Our CellBoost® product gave building owners a quick-to-deploy and cost-effective alternative to the DAS solution – but we have always seen the future as Voice Over WiFi. Because many building owners have existing marketing exclusivity agreements with cable and teleco companies, they were prevented from providing property-wide WiFi to residents. Our new wireless model allows building owners to use the less-expensive and more sophisticated UserSafe® WiFi solution for voice while honoring their marketing agreements AND providing residents with faster, lower-cost data services.”

Spot On Networks new hybrid voice and data solution is currently being deployed in many properties across the U.S. and is being highly sought after by affordable housing authorities, real estate investment trusts and multifamily building owners.

About Spot On Networks

Spot On Networks (“SON”) is a wireless internet service provider and wireless consulting company representing tens of thousands of residential and commercial tenants, nationwide. SON designs, deploys and manages carrier grade WiFi, WiFi Calling and CellBoost® networks to multifamily, senior living, hospitality, retail and commercial buildings. Spot On’s wireless networks are backed by patent-pending network architecture and UserSafe® technology.

SON is the leading provider of managed WiFi networks and in-building voice solutions to the U.S. multitenant housing market and is a trusted leader in wireless since 2004. SON develops WiFi-backed solutions to solve the most pressing problems facing today’s building owners.

 

 

UserSafe Technology

Spot On Networks Receives Patent For UserSafe® Technology

New Spot On Networks’ Patent Relates To Increased Security for Wireless Services

For Immediate Release

New Haven, CT January 11, 2017

Spot On Networks (“SON”) announced today the issuance to it by the US Patent Office of a patent that enhances user security over WiFi networks.  A Network as a Service (“NaaS”) that employs UserSafe® technology reduces or eliminates the possibility of hacking, spoofing and identity theft. This unique and patented technology spans all elements of an entire wireless network, not just the access points, and is vendor agnostic.  No matter at which point in the network an attempted hack is made, other devices cannot be seen.  If they cannot be seen, they cannot be hacked or spoofed.

Spot On Networks UserSafe  technology

Spot On Networks UserSafe® technology

The United States Patent Number 9,544,831, is for client isolation technology that offers a system and method that isolates each individual user over a wireless network or a NaaS.  Users are prevented from seeing or communicating with other users while over WiFi backed by UserSafe® technology and are protected from scanning, hacking and identity theft.  UserSafe® technology also allows for one physical network to be segmented into multiple Virtual Area Networks (VANS) where one VLAN utilizes the client isolation technology and another allows for communication between devices to allow for other services such as back-office, security and IoT.  VLANs that allow for device-to-device communication do not effect end users on a VLAN that is backed by UserSafe® technology.

“It is imperative that we meet and exceed the growing demand for secure wireless services. UserSafe® technology does just that,” stated Richard “Dick” Sherwin, CEO of Spot On Networks.  Dick went on to say, “Our company is founded on providing fast and reliable wireless services while protecting the personal information, data and internet activities of our network users.  Spot On has spent years to build the most secure WiFi technologies in the marketplace and we are proud to continue to make advancements in the security of WiFi our top priority.”

Spot On Networks has invested in the development of security technologies that differentiate it’s “NaaS” from typical public WiFi “hotspots” or unmanaged WiFi networks in order to meet the demand for wireless internet security.

“WiFi access is no longer an amenity, it is a utility,” explained Spot On Networks Sr. Director of Marketing, Jessica DaSilva, “We have seen a huge demand for WiFi security solutions in the multifamily housing market and the public in general.  WiFi security is always of the utmost concern to Spot On Networks as a wireless internet service provider.  Our UserSafe® Technology keeps a WiFi user invisible to other users on the network and if you can’t be seen, you can’t be hacked”.

About Spot On Networks

Spot On Networks (“SON”) is a wireless internet service provider and wireless consulting company representing tens of thousands of residential and commercial tenants, nationwide.  SON designs, deploys and manages carrier grade WiFi, WiFi Calling and CellBoost® networks to multifamily, senior living, hospitality, retail and commercial buildings.  Spot On’s wireless networks are backed by patent-pending network architecture and UserSafe® technology.

SON is the leading provider of managed WiFi networks and in-building voice solutions to the U.S. multitenant housing market and is a trusted leader in wireless since 2004.  SON develops WiFi-backed solutions to solve the most pressing problems facing today’s building owners.

 

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