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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.

 

We are building the largest affordable housing WiFi network in the U.S. – here is what we are learning

As a wireless service provider to the affordable housing industry we are in a unique position to see the direct effect that providing wireless services can have on a community. We are currently building the largest affordable housing WiFi network in the country at Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, NY. The service, QueensbridgeConnected, in partnership with the City of New York, is a network build over 3K units spread across 26 clusters of 95 buildings and will offer speeds up to 25 Mbps to all residents and provide seamless roaming across the community. Block 1 of 6 is turned on and we are about to light up the second.

We occupy a small office/ customer support center in the center of Queensbridge Houses and because this is such a large network build, we have begun to develop an intimate relationship with the community. We are gaining deep insight into the effects that providing a free service like Community-Wide WiFi throughout an affordable housing community can have. Here are some of the key things we have noticed:

  • Connectivity helps to bolster positive community efforts. Developments like Queensbridge Houses have vibrant, active and passionate communities. Residents and community groups are able to leverage the new technology that is available to improve communications and broaden participation in activities, events and alerts.
  • Residents see opportunity. The response to service in the first block has been overwhelmingly positive. Residents who had been paying very high prices for Internet service are now relieved from a large monthly financial burden. Parents are able to provide their children with new avenues of connectivity and access to educational resources and those looking for work now have a better chance at finding it.
  • WiFi creates jobs. Due to the scope of the network at Queensbridge and the mixed demographic it has been important for us to educate the community that the network is available and how to use it. Who better to help us do this than residents who live in and are well known in the community? We are committed to training and hiring Queensbridge residents for on-site positions with our company. These employees have become a valuable part of our organization and the success of the project.
  • Security is a big concern. Residents at all of our affordable housing communities express interest over the security of the network they are using, especially while outdoors or in amenity areas. They are right to do so. We have invested a lot of resources into developing and patenting UserSafe technology – our back-end client isolation technology allows users to bank, shop, conduct personal business, etc. without be vulnerable to security threats. We are the only company that can provide this level of security and our patented technology eases the burden of worry from both the city and the resident.
  • There can be barriers. A new free service in an affordable housing community can raise some concern among residents as to “what the catch” is. While informing residents of the network and its benefits we often need to explain that we are not trying to sell something and that the service is absolutely free. After years of consistently raised prices, contracts and difficulty from carriers and cable companies, the skepticism is not unwarranted. In communities where the demographic tends to be elderly or there are language barriers – it becomes even more important to be deeply engaged with the community and educate residents on how to utilize the service for their benefit.

For a network like Queensbridge Houses, network management is key. The level of security, network architecture, project management and community effort that needs to be coordinated to deploy a WiFi network like the one at QB can only be found through a managed service provider. The managed solution needs to have a dedicated NOC that fields support inquiries 24/7 and takes the service burden from the city.

For more information about Spot On Networks:

Jessica DaSilva Sr. Director Marketing & Sales – 203-523-5210

Spot On Networks Receives Patent For 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.

 

 

Spot On Networks Turns On Free WiFi At Queensbridge Houses While Creating Jobs For Residents

Spot On Networks turns on Queensbridge Connected free WiFi network in Block F at Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, NY in partnership with the New York City Housing Authority

For Immediate Release

New Haven, CT December 12, 2016

Spot On Networks Queensbridge Connected Office 10-35 41st Ave Long Island City, NY

Spot On Networks Queensbridge Connected Office 10-35 41st Ave Long Island City, NY

Spot On Networks (“SON”) has turned on Queensbridge Connected, the free community wide WiFi network that is being deployed throughout Queensbridge Houses in partnership with the New York City Housing Authority. The Queensbridge Connected WiFi network is being built in phases with the first phase completed, the “Block F” phase, consisting of 4 clusters of 15 buildings containing approximately 600 residential units. SON is currently in the process of building and testing the second phase of the network, “Block E”, which is projected to be live before the end of the year.

The Queensbridge Connected free WiFi network will be the largest affordable housing, community-wide WiFi network in the United States upon its completion with high speed WiFi access being live across 26 clusters of 95 buildings in two adjacent complexes.

SON has opened an on-site customer care center for residents and support at Queensbridge Houses, 10-35 41st. Ave. Long Island City, NY.  In addition to SON’s 24/7 Customer Support, residents have the option of getting in-person support at Queensbridge Houses.  SON is currently employing two full-time and 3 part-time Queensbridge residents as part of their staff and has committed to creating more jobs and hiring from within the Queensbridge community.  In a recent WIRED magazine article about the Queensbridge Connected network, reporter Gideon Lewis-Kraus stated: “Spot On emphasizes that it’s not just deploying wireless, the company says, but creating local jobs to help maintain the service”.

Dick Sherwin, wireless visionary and CEO of Spot On Networks said, “We are honored to be bringing WiFi to Queensbridge Houses”, he went on to say, “Along with Mayor de Blasio we deeply believe that all New York City residents, regardless of income, should have access to secure and reliable wireless broadband.  We are thrilled to be the WiFi provider for Queensbridge Houses and are committed to providing an extraordinary service to Queensbridge residents as well as employment opportunities to those looking for work.”

The Queensbridge Connected WiFi network will offer speeds up to 25 Mbps, unlimited data usage, WiFi calling capability, seamless roaming and 24/7 customer support, providing Queensbridge residents connectivity and access to educational and employment resources.

SON was recently designated as a Lifeline Broadband Provider by the Federal Communications Commission.  SON’s application for Lifeline Broadband Provider designation is indicative of SON’s commitment to provide broadband and wireless services to those most in need.

About Queensbridge Houses

Queensbridge is the largest public housing development in North America with 3,149 units and an estimated 7,000 residents across 26 clusters of 95 buildings in two adjacent complexes. The contract is to provide wireless internet speeds of up to 25 Mbps to each household as well as network monitoring and management with a 24/7 help desk for Queensbridge residents and staff. The Queensbridge WiFi network will include high speed wireless internet for laptops, smartphones and tablets, WiFi calling capability with Quality of Service and integration for the Internet of Things. The Queensbridge WiFi network will allow many residents to save money on comprehensive data services while having access to WiFi calling using their smartphones, thus comporting with the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline Report and Order of April 27, 2016 bridging the digital divide.

About Spot On Networks, LLC

Spot On Networks is the largest Wireless Internet Service Provider to the multifamily industry. In addition to offering its UserSafe® managed WiFi services to the multifamily, hospitality and commercial industries, Spot On Networks has a range of wireless services including CellBoost®, a cell coverage enhancement service, and WiFiPlus+®, its wireless backbone integrated with energy management, building automation and security monitoring. www.spotonnetworks.com

Telcos Opt-Out Of FCC Lifeline Broadband – Affordable Housing

A majority of major telecommunications companies are opting out of the FCC Lifeline Broadband subsidy program and public advocacy groups are not happy about it.

In order to be designated for the Lifeline Broadband subsidy,  a provider has to apply, offer certain levels of service and support as well as be able to remain functional in emergency situations.  The FCC released the first report and order designating four Lifeline Broadband providers, including Spot On Networks who is offering community-wide high speed WiFi access throughout Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City which is the largest affordable housing complex in the United States.

Major telcos have neglected to apply for Lifeline Broadband designation.  Fortune magazine stated on Friday that Frontier, Century Link and AT&T had filed to opt out of the subsidy while Verizon “sought forbearance from the requirement except where it offers Fios Internet service”.

The move by the majority of major telcos have many human rights advocates very unhappy about their lack of participation in the Lifeline program which would have huge impacts on low-income housing.   According to Fortune, “only about one-third of the 40 million households that are eligible for the Lifeline program lack broadband”.  Both the FCC and public advocacy groups hope that improving connectivity in low-income housing housing will contribute to better access to resources for school work, employment searches and applications and other tasks.

Some of the advocacy groups that criticized AT&Ts lack of participation include the National Hispanic Media Coalition, The United Church of Christ, The National Consumer Law Center, The Benton Foundation and others.  Fortune quotes Jessica Gonzales, general counsel at the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s statement:

“Lifeline is an historic initiative that will help connect millions of Americans to the home and mobile broadband that could serve as their pathway out of poverty with access to greater educational and economic opportunities… AT&T’s decision to opt out of obligations sets a dangerous precedent for other carriers who may also choose to neglect low-income customers.”

AT&T responded to criticism by saying that they offer their own low-cost services program to qualifying customers, however the service has requirements including an online application, necessary participation in SNAP and a credit check which can pose barriers for certain consumers. AT&T also complains that the subsidy is not enough to cover broadband in urban areas.

FCC Designates Spot On Networks As A Lifeline Broadband Provider

Spot On Networks receives Federal Communications Commission approval for its petition seeking designation as a Lifeline Broadband Provider

 

For Immediate Release

New Haven, CT December 5, 2016

Spot On Networks (“SON”) has been designated as a Lifeline Broadband Provider (“LBP”) by the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) after filing a petition earlier in the year.  The FCC Order was adopted on December 1, 2016 and granted LBP designation to four broadband providers including Spot On Networks (Spot On), LLC,.

Lifeline Broadband Providers are eligible to be reimbursed through the Lifeline program for Broadband Internet Access Services they are providing to eligible qualifying subscribers.  SON initially applied for designation as a LBP due to it’s being chosen as the Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) for the New York Housing Authority (“NYCHA”) Queensbridge Houses multifamily housing development located in Long Island City, NY.  NYCHA Queensbridge is the largest affordable housing development in the United States with 3,149 units and an estimated 7,000 residents across 26 clusters of 95 buildings in two adjacent complexes.

“The lifeline program offers an avenue for companies like ours to provide internet services where they are most needed and protects consumers from being priced-out of essential broadband services.”

– Richard “Dick” Sherwin, CEO Spot On Networks

“We are thrilled that the FCC has designated Spot On Networks as a Lifeline Broadband Provider so that we can continue to provide our Wireless Internet Services to all who need Internet access,” stated Spot On Networks CEO, Richard “Dick” Sherwin.  Sherwin continued, “The Lifeline Program offers an avenue for companies like ours to provide Internet services where they are most needed and protects  consumers from being priced-out of essential broadband services.  Additionally, with the implementation of WiFi Calling, residents of buildings with poor cellular services get the added benefit of voice services using smartphones.  We are honored to be a part of this program.”

Lifeline Broadband is an expansion of the FCC’s Lifeline Assistance program which helps to make communications services more affordable for those in need.  Initially the Lifeline program, established in 1985, focused primarily on telephone services but has been expanded to include cellphones and now internet services.  To be designated as an LBP, an applicant needs to meet service standards, function in emergency situations and meet technical and financial requirements among other requirements.  SON has a long-standing reputation in the multifamily industry as being the largest and most trusted provider of managed, carrier-grade, high speed wireless access and has differentiated itself by using in-house network management, monitoring and support services as well as designing networks that are customized to the needs of a building and its residents.

In his statement regarding the reform and modernization of the Lifeline program, Chairman Tom Wheeler stated, “In modernizing the program, we were guided by the principles of competition and choice.  Reforms are designated to encourage more providers to participate in the program so that competition in the marketplace can increase the value of the subsidy and provide choices for consumers”.  SON has long supported the FCC’s efforts to modernize the Lifeline Program in today’s digital age where the average American relies primarily on their smartphone and Internet access for communication, education and work.

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.

 

Wired Magazine releases an article on Spot On Networks Community Wide WiFi Networks at Queensbridge Houses

Spot On Networks has been awarded a contract by the city of New York to provide community-wide WiFi services to Queensbridge Houses, the largest low-income housing community in the United States.  Queensbridge Houses has 3,149 units and over 7,000 residents in 26 clusters of 95 buildings.  The contract is to provide community-wide WiFi, free of charge to residents, throughout the entire complex offering speeds of up to 25 Mbps, unlimited data streaming and WiFi calling services.  The network is set to go live this month.  In addition to providing community-wide WiFi services, Spot On Networks will be hiring on-site employees from the resident pool at Queensbridge to help build and support the network.

The October issue of WIRED magazine, “Wiring the Unwired” was dedicated to SON’s community-wide WiFi network and how this network will “bridge the digital divide”.

To read the WIRED article: https://www.wired.com/2016/11/bringing-internet-to-new-york-public-housing/

AT&T adds Galaxy Note5, S6, S6 edge and edge+ to ongoing roster of WiFi Calling capable phones

AT&T is on a roll releasing updates making additional AT&T devices WiFi calling capable since their WiFi calling release in June.  The latest update also includes the September security patch and Advanced Messaging features.

AT&T’s support for WiFi Calling was the icing on the cake of carrier support as AT&T was the last of the major 4 carriers to support the feature.  WiFi calling is now standard on most new phones for all 4 carriers is becoming the go-to solution for making voice calls where cellular service is lacking, especially inside buildings.  Voice experts have predicted that the adoption of WiFi calling by major cellular carriers will make other more expensive and difficult to deploy solutions, such as the Distributed Antenna System, obsolete.

To learn more about WiFi Calling in the news click here/

Spot On Networks CEO, Richard “Dick” Sherwin Inducted Into The Wireless Hall of Fame

For Immediate Release

New Haven, CT: September 14, 2016 – Spot On Networks CEO, Richard “Dick” Sherwin was inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame at the Four Seasosn Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas by The Wireless History Foundation on September 6, 2016 in the category of “Pioneer”.

The Wireless History Foundation 2016 Inductees included: Industry Associate: F.J. Pollack (posthumously), President & CEO of Tracfone, Pioneer: Richard J. Sherwin, CEO, Spot On Networks, LLC. Service Provider: Ralph de la Vega, Vice Chairman, AT&T, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Business Solutions and AT&T International, LLC., Technology: Joel S. Engel, Richard H. Frenkiel and Phillip T. Porter (posthumously), AT&T Bell Laboratories researchers whose expertise lead to the establishment of the first nationwide cellular system standards.  For a complete list of Wireless Hall of Fame members, click here.

From the Wireless History Foundation Website:

“These are accomplished individuals whose achievements have made possible the diverse, competitive and robust wireless services we know today,” said WHF Board member Rob Mechaley, CEO of MobileSphere Holdings and chairman of the 2016 selection committee. “We are privileged to induct them into the Wireless Hall of Fame.”

Richard J. “Dick” Sherwin was a senior vice president of Graphic Scanning during the formative years of the non-wireline cellular industry.  At a critical time in the birth of the cellular industry, old rivalries and distrust could have impeded the ability of non-wireline applicants to reach market-wide settlements and avoid hearings and lotteries that would have significantly delayed competitive wireless services. Dick’s determination and honesty won over adversaries and his efforts were key elements in the formation of settlement partnerships that expedited non-wireline service to the public.

He was a member of the boards of directors of several of the early non-wireline cellular settlement partnerships that were created in the top 30 markets, and was involved in the senior management of several of the subsequently formed non-wireline companies in markets 1-90. Dick also played a major role in the initial cellular activities of Telocator, the non-wireline trade association as the industry was building out.

Dick subsequently led the efforts of Metromedia Telecommunications to develop wireless properties in Eastern Europe. He was instrumental in establishing approximately 47 telecommunications ventures in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union Republics in the areas of Cellular Mobile Telephony, Cable Television and Radio Paging.   He currently heads Spot On Networks, a leading wireless internet service provider offering managed WiFi networks to multi-tenant properties, hotels and commercial spaces.

 

About Spot On Networks, LLC: Spot On Networks is the largest Wireless Internet Service Provider to the multifamily industry. In addition to offering its UserSafe® managed WiFi services to the multifamily, hospitality and commercial industries, Spot On Networks has a range of wireless services including CellBoost®, a cell coverage enhancement service, and WiFiPlus+®, its wireless backbone integrated with energy management, building automation and security monitoring.

About The Wireless History Foundation: The Wireless History Foundation (WHF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to preserve and promote the history of the wireless industry.   Wireless products and services are continually and dramatically changing the way people worldwide live, work and play.  The Foundation was formed by wireless pioneers to preserve the lessons of wireless for the benefit of future entrepreneurs and innovators.

With the assistance of partner organizations and sponsors, WHF was launched on October 13, 2008, the anniversary of the official commercialization of cellular technology in the United States.  The kick-off event was held exactly 25 years after the first cellular system opened for business in Chicago. The festivities attracted wireless pioneers and industry luminaries from the past five decades.

WHF chronicles the achievements of individuals, the contributions of numerous organizations, and the evolution of markets and technology, all of which fueled the growth of wireless communications and continue to add convenience, productivity, and enrichment to everyday life.

 

Contact: Jessica DaSilva, Sr. Director of Marketing & Sales

Phone:   203-523-5210

 

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