Three roaming vendors announced software upgrades or roaming expansions today:
- iPass and KT Corp., Korea’s WiBro carrier, today announce an agreement to allow iPass enterprise customers to use KT’s Wi-Fi network, NESPOT, which includes more than 14,000 hotspots. The agreement will enable the 500,000 plus active monthly iPass users to access KT hotspots as part of the iPass Global Broadband Roaming network. iPass says it offers the world’s largest Wi-Fi roaming network available through a single access client, iPassConnect. The network already includes over 23,000 active Wi-Fi hotspots available in 52 countries. KT uses the 802.1x standard for authentication across its entire footprint, making the network one of the most secure and advanced Wi-Fi networks in the world.
- NetMotion Wireless has launched a new version of its Mobility XE mobile VPN solution. Mobility XE version 6.5 makes it easier for enterprises to manage the security and productivity of their mobile workers who are using wireless networks. It was developed in response to growing demand from large enterprises, which are increasingly deploying mission-critical applications such as field force automation systems and full-function, line-of-business applications to their mobile workforces.
- GoRemote, a leading provider of secure managed broadband network services, today announced that the retail subsidiary of Hallmark Cards has agreed to use the GoRemote Branch Office solution to securely network over 400 of Hallmark’s corporate-owned retail stores across the United States. Through implementing a broadband IP VPN solution like GoRemote Branch Office, Hallmark can enable Point Of Sales (POS) transactions, inventory control systems, HR applications, email and other future needs.
- The Nomadix Service Engine (NSE) software is embedded on Nomadix Gateways that reside in venue, carrier, or service provider infrastructure to enable connectivity. The recently announced AG 5000 Metro Gateway allows up to 4,000 simultaneous users and is optimized for Metropolitan HotZones and Digital Cities. Using Nomadix Dynamic Address Translation (DAT) and other Plug& Play technology, the NSE software immediately and invisibly adapts a computer s proxy settings to enable a secure, easy-to-use connection. Once connected to the network, the user can be presented with a variety of service options.
Steel-Belted Radius is a RADIUS/AAA server that lets administrators centrally manage all remote/VPN, WLAN and wired 802.1X users and equipment — providing enhanced security, easier, more streamlined management and granular control over who can access the network and how.
It runs on Windows, Solaris and Linux and is fully compliant with the RADIUS specification, the IEEE security standard 802.1X, and all popular WLAN protocols, including EAP-TTLS, EAP-PEAP, EAP-TLS and Cisco’s LEAP.
Steel-Belted Radius on Linux is currently in beta and scheduled to be available in September 2005. Pricing for new customers is $4,995 per server for the Enterprise Edition, $12,000 per server for the Global Enterprise Edition, and $22,000 per server for the Service Provider Edition.
[Thanks, Tim Higgins]