Xirrus Certified for Passpoint by the Wi-Fi Alliance
THOUSAND OAKS, CA, Nov 28, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
Xirrus(R), the leader in high-performance wireless networks, has
announced that its portfolio of Wireless Arrays has received Wi-Fi
CERTIFIED Passpoint(TM) status from the Wi-Fi Alliance(R). Passpoint
certification is based on the Hotspot 2.0 specification defined by
the Wi-Fi Alliance to address critical business needs for mobile data
services, streamlined network access, and subscriber loyalty.
Passpoint-compliant mobile devices can automatically discover and
connect to Passpoint-certified Wi-Fi networks without the manual
intervention typically required of users to select networks or enter
passwords, for example. A recent survey by Informa Telecoms found
that 19 percent of service provider respondents plan to deploy
Passpoint-enabled hotspots by the end of 2013.
As mobile users continue to increase their use of data-intensive
applications, Passpoint-certified Wi-Fi networks ease offload of
service provider data traffic from cellular to Wi-Fi networks.
Passpoint-certified hotspots also facilitate the use of
enterprise-grade WPA2 security, enabling service providers to
securely transport user data across public wireless hotspots.
"We're pleased to announce Passpoint certification across our entire
line of Wireless Arrays," said Steven Wastie, Chief Marketing Officer
of Xirrus. "This initiative, along with the work being led by the
Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), is critical to the wide-scale
adoption of Wi-Fi and its integration into the network access layer,
significantly improving the end user experience and enabling network
owners to support sustainable business models." Xirrus is a member of
the WBA alongside leading global operators and device vendors.
Passpoint-certified equipment can authenticate users with multiple
types of credentials, including Subscriber Identity Module
(SIM)-based authentication, username/password combinations, and
certificate credentials. Furthermore, the authentication process does
not require a browser, making it ideal for mobile devices that lack
The Wi-Fi Alliance certification program is designed to provide a
single industry-wide solution for seamless access to Wi-Fi mobile
broadband, and to create a common foundation allowing carriers and
service providers to rapidly expand Wi-Fi roaming agreements. With
multi-provider Wi-Fi roaming, subscribers benefit from connectivity
in more hotspots than those provided by their own service.
About Xirrus, Inc.
Xirrus is the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks.
Xirrus' Array-based solutions perform under the most demanding
circumstances with wired-like reliability and superior security. The
Xirrus wireless solutions provide a vital strategic business and IT
infrastructure advantage to the education, healthcare, government and
enterprise industries that depend on wireless to operate
business-critical applications. Headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA,
Xirrus is a privately held company that designs and manufactures its
products and solutions in the USA. For more information please visit:
http://www.xirrus.com/ and follow us on Twitter: @Xirrus.
Xirrus and XMS are trademarks or registered trademarks of Xirrus.
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