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Nomadix Points to Impending Bandwidth Challenges as Mobile Devices Push EnvelopeGrowing Multitude of Wi-Fi-Enabled Devices Calls for Visitor Gateways to Manage Quality, Security and Usage (March 27, 2012)
AGOURA HILLS, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/27/12 -- With the explosive growth of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets, as well as the proliferation of Wi-Fi, the need for public area Internet access has never been greater. In fact, the public access market continues to be one of the fastest growing segments in networking.
The figures are staggering. According to In-Stat, the number of Wi-Fi-enabled devices is estimated to go from 500 million units in 2009 to nearly 2 billion units in 2014. Just the number of mobile phones alone with Wi-Fi capability is projected to exceed 1 billion in 2013. In the business world, the average number of devices carried for work has grown to 3.5, with at least one laptop, smart phone and tablet, according to the Mobility Workforce Report released by mobility services provider iPass. All of these numbers translate to an increasing demand for bandwidth, with estimates projecting that bandwidth demand doubles about every year.
This tremendous Wi-Fi-enabled mobile device adoption rate creates inherent challenges. According to Fred Reeder, chief commercial and operating officer of Nomadix, "Like any resource, Internet access needs to be managed. The more demand for the resource, the more management is required to ensure each user gets fair access to bandwidth, the network is secure and the quality of connection is optimum."
Road warriors expect the same seamless Internet access while on the go as when sitting in their office -- but with so many mobile devices competing for access, the 3G network frequently becomes overloaded, leading to slow or interrupted service and thus pushing more traffic to Wi-Fi networks. Additionally, large corporations need a segregated network for visitors; one that circumvents traditional corporate networks that could potentially breach security.
The hospitality industry was the first to openly embrace the concept of a visitor's network, as hotels, restaurants and convention centers have a constant stream of visitors going in and out of their establishments. Other markets in which public Internet access is quickly gaining traction include education and healthcare, in which there is a growing need for students and patients, respectively to go online.
Reeder comments, "The infrastructure for Wi-Fi is established and growing, and our role is to make it better." Nomadix gateways are deployed throughout world, offering safe on-ramps for visitors. Founded in 1998 by the esteemed Dr. Leonard Kleinrock, widely known as the "father of the Internet," Nomadix invented the market for visitor-based networking and the technology to address both controlled access and the unpredictable nature of a visitor-based network. Now a wholly owned subsidiary of DOCOMO interTouch, Nomadix is a part of one of the world's leading organizations offering secure broadband high-speed Internet access.
With all the gadgets that depend upon the Internet, Reeder asserts that the Internet is an essential commodity and has become a fourth utility in many parts of the world. "Just like electricity is accessible anywhere by virtue of plug-ins, or water is available through the tap, the same principle is possible for public Internet access. One of the keys is to provide everyone with a fair share of bandwidth through a protected visitor's network that can efficiently adapt to each mobile device."
Working in the background, Nomadix gateways are hassle-free, reliable workhorses designed to keep the traffic flowing, enabling a fast, seamless extension of a Wi-Fi network. Today, the company has shipped more than 50,000 units and has more than 100 patents to its credit.
Most competitive offerings on the market today are server-based, while Nomadix offers standalone, turn-key access gateways. A significant advantage for Nomadix lies in the Nomadix Service Engine (NSE) software, which was developed within a real-time operating system, thus offering unparalleled reliability. Key features of Nomadix gateways include:
- Dedicated network appliances provide superior scalability
- Enables monetization of public Internet access and supports tiered pricing models to facilitate revenue generation
- Customization in a number of business models
- Provides seamless experience for the end-user while enabling backend billing and authentication for the provider
- Ability to centrally monitor and set policies
Reflecting on the vision of the company, Reeder says, "As an integral part of the Wi-Fi infrastructure, our gateways enhance the wireless experience, giving visitors secure, quality access they can trust. It's very rewarding to be part of the mobile movement and play an enabling role that helps deliver on the promise of an anytime, anywhere connection where you never miss an email, access to the Web or any online pursuit."
Nomadix offers gateways for seamless wired and wireless connectivity solutions across public access networks and enterprises. Powered by patented technology, Nomadix enables revenue generation and customization in a number of business models. With Nomadix, public access network providers are able to deploy cost-effective, secure and easy-to-use network services. Nomadix is a wholly owned subsidiary company of DOCOMO interTouch. For more information, visit www.nomadix.com.
Lages & Associates
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