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

According to 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 Deploys Public UserSafe® WiFi Network On The New Haven Green in Partnership With The City of New Haven

Spot On Networks and The City of New Haven Working To “Bridge The Digital Divide” And Provide Wireless Connectivity With Official Launch of Wi-Fi On The Historic New Haven Green

For Immediate Release

New Haven, CT July 21, 2017

On Thursday, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp announced that the Historic Green located in downtown New Haven, CT will now offer free outdoor public UserSafe® Wi-Fi in partnership with Spot On Networks, a New Haven based managed Wi-Fi provider. Spot On Networks is the ideal choice to provide secure public Wi-Fi throughout the green due to their patented Wi-Fi network security and experience designing, deploying and managing complex, secure Wi-Fi systems for municipalities.

The new public Wi-Fi network on The New Haven Green is being officially launched at the start of the annual Music on the Green Concert Series hosted by the city. The Wi-Fi network has been operational and in testing phases throughout the last year in preparation for the July 2017 official launch. The Historic New Haven Green is a high traffic urban area surrounded by businesses, award-winning restaurants and universities, including Yale University.

At yesterday’s press event Mayor Harp emphasized that the city is working to bridge the digital divide and make New Haven a “fully connected city”. Spot On Networks CEO, Dick Sherwin who was present for the launch stated, “One of the keys to this is that Wi-Fi has become an integral part of the city’s infrastructure. You see it everywhere, and it’s a tribute to the city’s vision and Mayor Harp’s vision into what they’re doing for the city.”

Initial testing of the Wi-Fi network saw over 1,000 concurrent users passing over twenty-seven Gigabytes of data in a two-hour period. The network specifications are for Spot On Networks to provide speeds up to 10 Mbps, 24/7 support, monitoring and maintenance of the network. The network allows for usage of laptops, smartphones and tablet devices for both data usage and Wi-Fi calling. The New Haven Green Wi-Fi network is backed by Spot On Networks patented UserSafe® technology which guards users from hacking and identity theft using client isolation. This is the most advanced form of Wi-Fi networking security available and provides the public with a safe place to access Wi-Fi. UserSafe® technology is not available for typical Wi-Fi “hotspots” which are known to leave users vulnerable to online security threats. Regarding Spot On Network’s level of Wi-Fi security, Sherwin stated, “The typical public Wi-Fi hotspot that you might find in a store or restaurant can put users at risk of hacking and identity theft. Password protection and encryption are not enough to protect users which was why we developed UserSafe® technology. We make individual users invisible over the Wi-Fi network and if you can’t be seen, you can’t be hacked. The public can use New Haven Green Wi-Fi with confidence.”

To access Wi-Fi on the New Haven Green, locate the network named, “Historic New Haven Green” on your wireless device, enter your email address and enjoy a secure Wi-Fi connection.

About Spot On Networks, LLC

Spot On Networks has been deploying managed Wi-Fi networks since 2004 and is the largest and most trusted provider of managed Wi-Fi in the U.S. multifamily housing market with over 1,000 UserSafe® managed Wi-Fi networks deployed, nationwide. Spot On Networks holds patents for both their Wi-Fi network architecture and network client isolation technology. Spot On provides managed UserSafe® Wi-Fi, CellBoost® in-building cellular coverage and wireless backbones for the Internet of Things to the multifamily, commercial and municipal markets.   www.spotonnetworks.com

Smart Apartments: The New Differentiator In Multifamily

As Apartments Get Smarter, Your Wireless and Cabling Strategies Need To Get Smarter Too

Last year’s market revenue for smart homes with $24.1B with the largest share of the market being in North America and the industry is expected to grow. According to Zion Market Research, the smart home market is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 14.5% over the next several years.

What does the rise in smart homes mean for the multifamily industry? The expectation for most apartment owners is that they are heading into a turn-key, amenity rich living environment that they can add their personal touch to – this expectation is extending to the smart home. A resident can walk into their apartment, be recognized by their apartment and have their preferences set and patterns recognized with everything from temperature to ambiance to waking up to a made cup of coffee or a certain song. This creates a truly personal, customized space that extends far beyond furniture and wall hangings.

Like other multifamily amenities: the pool, the gym, the granite counters - residents are coming to expect wireless smart home features and a best-in-class wireless service that can support any additional features a resident wants to add to their home. When offered as an amenity, smart homes need to be sitting on a carrier-grade wireless backbone to ensure functionality. The importance of a managed wireless network cannot be stressed enough. When it comes to smart amenities like door locks, motion detection and temperature, network reliability is a must and Wi-Fi becomes as necessary a utility as electricity.

A recent article discussed the importance of a carrier-grade wireless backbone to the building owner: “WiFi is just as important as electricity when it comes to keeping our members happy, stated Brad Hargreaves, Founder and CEO of Common, a NYC-based co-living company, “So we go out of our way to rig the building with the best in the neighborhood and using the best-in-class access points and providing a best-in-class Wi-Fi system.”

Future-proofing during the construction phase, as mentioned in a recent multifamilyexecutive.com article, is extremely important and we advise that building owners involve their wireless consultant and provider as early as possible to ensure that the proper cabling plan is included in design and throughout construction. This will ensure that the building can support not only current wireless smart home technologies, but that future technologies are also able to be supported. Improper cabling design can create huge problems for the building owner and result in lost revenue and unhappy tenants. For building owners needing direction on supporting smart apartment features as an amenity or needing cabling consultancy, please contact: Margot Sherwin - 203-523-5210 or marketing@spotonnetworks.com