Devicescape has launched Safetynet Curator, which will enhance Wi-Fi monetisation for mobile operators with the addition of an auto-VPN solution to the Devicescape Curated Virtual Network (CVN).
Inconsistent security on publicly available Wi-Fi remains a concern for many end users. While consumer products exist to address this concern, their high cost and complexity keeps uptake to a minimum.
With Safetynet Curator operators can remove that complexity and deliver improved security at a price point that makes it a realistic option for the mass market.
Unobtrusive and automated, the solution gives end users added confidence that, when their operator connects them to the CVN, their connection — and their private data — are better protected.
“From the end user’s perspective public Wi-Fi is disorganized, inconsistent and difficult to access — security just adds to the problems,” said Devicescape CEO Dave Fraser. “End users need everything to be easier, including integrated Wi-Fi and cellular access. In order to deliver the best data experience, mobile operators must respond to this demand by fixing these problems.”
A crowd-sourced, cloud-managed network of more than 20 million amenity Wi-Fi hotspots monitored in real-time for performance, the CVN allows operators to offer a quality-controlled and automatic Wi-Fi connectivity experience in public places.
Safetynet Curator further enhances this experience by bolstering the security measures already built into the CVN with a virtual private network (VPN) connection that encrypts all IP traffic to and from the user’s device when accessing the Internet from a CVN location.
The solution will evolve to offer the same benefits across public and carrier Wi-Fi, Hotspot 2.0 deployments and even private Wi-Fi in the home.
“2014 has seen Wi-Fi really hit the mainstream,” said Fraser. “The DSP, including Safetynet Curator, gives operators the tools to replicate on Wi-Fi what they already provide with cellular; a simple, secure, high-quality data experience.
“This is the experience operators monetize on their cellular networks. Now, with the CVN as an extension of those networks, they can monetise it in just the same way on Wi-Fi.”
Safetynet Curator is available globally as a fully hosted service from Devicescape, thanks to server deployments in the US, Europe and Asia, and can also be easily integrated with operators’ existing infrastructure.