Birdstep Technologys release of the IP Zone Server 1.6 provides to hotspot owners new possibilities based on the new and improved version of its wireless access software suite.
Birdstep Technologys release of the IP Zone Server 1.6 provides to hotspot owners new possibilities based on the new and improved version of its wireless access software suite. Among the new features are virtual zones that can provide location based services to distributed WLAN access points from a central server location, fully integrated installation package simplifying public WLAN hotspot deployment and a new central management system for location based services.
With the virtual zone feature of IP Zone Server version 1.6, operators can provide location based services with a minimal cost of operation, since the only requirements on each WLAN hotspot is deployment of a WLAN access point and a xDSL modem. The centrally deployed IP Zone server can generate location-based services to the end user with a minimal investment in infrastructure at each site. High-capacity local services like wireless printing can still be provided in the same infrastructure by combining central and distributed deployment in a flexible manner.
The new version of the IP Zone Server is now ready for delivery. The former version, IP Zone Server 1.5 has been deployed by major wireless ISPs and mobile operators like Telenor Mobile (Norway) and Connect/One (Austria). Since its initial launch in September 2002, the solution has been implemented at hundreds of hotels and other locations, such as gas stations, convention centres and various public venues both in the USA and Europe. This new version brings in new features based on our advanced customers requirements and extensive field experience.
Birdsteps IP Zone Enables Next-Generation Hot Spots
Birdstep's wireless access software enables operators and service providers to build revenue-generating Public WLAN services reusing both existing hardware and software infrastructure. The IP Zone software suite is a platform-independent family of products for implementing Public WLAN hotspots based on industry standard servers and open interfaces for integration with authentication, billing and information services. At the core of the suite is IP Zone Server software, which is designed for public WLAN/Bluetooth access areas and provides cross platform authentication so any terminal with wireless connection and a web browser can get access.
Some of the IP Zone Server features include:
· Virtual zones that can provide location based services to distributed WLAN access points from a central server location
· Fully integrated installation package simplifying public WLAN hotspot deployment and a new central management system for location based services
· High-grade security and intrusion detection
· Rapid hot spot deployment through automatic installation
· Integrated support for seamless mobility between WLAN hotspots and cellular networks.
Billing options ranging from username/password, credit card, vouchers, prepaid cards and One-Time-Passwords using SMS authentication on cellular phones
Credit card billing supported for a wide range of credit card merchants to quickly enable revenue-generating operation and support for value-added location based services like wireless printing.