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Cradlepoint NetCloud to provide secure connectivity for people, places and things

CRADLEPOINT logoCradlepoint NetCloud™ Platform Leverages Pertino Acquisition to Provide Secure Connectivity for People, Places, and Things

Platform strategy enables software-defined and cloud-based wired and wireless broadband networks for branch, mobile, and IoT; SoftBank Corp. is the first carrier partner

Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-based network solutions for connecting people, places, and things over wired and wireless broadband, announced Cradlepoint NetCloud, a new platform strategy that combines its existing software and cloud services with the Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technology from the recent acquisition of Pertino. The strategy will be rolled-out in several phases over the next six months.

In a separate announcement today, Cradlepoint and SoftBank Corp., a subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp. and a leading provider of mobile, fixed-line, and Internet communication services in Japan (TOKYO: 9984), announced the commercial availability of WhiteCloud OneLayer on Cradlepoint NetCloud. The co-branded service lets customers instantly build branch, mobile, and IoT networks in the cloud with a layer of policy-based services for end-to-end security and control. SoftBank is the first carrier to deliver managed network services using the platform. OneLayer on Cradlepoint NetCloud will be sold through SoftBank’s direct sales organization in Japan and through its subsidiaries and partnerships around the world.

“Cradlepoint’s NetCloud lets us harness cloud, SDN, and NFV technologies to rapidly deliver new services that meet our customers’ evolving network needs in this new era of Internet-centric IT,” said Sadahiro Sato, senior vice president at SoftBank Corp. “Instead of building and managing multiple physical networks, OneLayer on Cradlepoint NetCloud lets customers deploy a single cloud-based WAN that can be configured in minutes to meet the specific needs of connecting remote sites, workers and IoT devices anywhere in the world.”

About Cradlepoint NetCloud
Companies across industries are embracing cloud, mobile, and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to increase business agility, empower distributed workforces, and gain operational insights—driving the need for always-connected people, places, and things. As a result, an increasing amount of enterprise network traffic is moving off private IP networks and onto the public Internet. The Cradlepoint NetCloud platform is designed specifically for this new “Interprise” era and allows companies to deploy private cloud networks over wired and wireless broadband Internet services for branch, mobile workforce, vehicle, and IoT networks.

“The Cradlepoint NetCloud platform is at the heart of our strategy to extend leadership in cloud-managed 4G LTE solutions to the emerging opportunity for converged, software-defined enterprise networks designed to connect people, places, and things over Internet broadband,” said George Mulhern, Cradlepoint CEO. “We are pleased to partner with SoftBank in delivering OneLayer on Cradlepoint NetCloud, the first carrier-delivered service that runs on our new platform strategy.”

Cradlepoint NetCloud is based on the integration of the company’s proven Enterprise Cloud Manager (ECM) platform for management and zero-touch deployment of its 4G LTE-enabled routers and M2M/IoT gateways with Pertino’s Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) platform that leverages cloud, SDN, and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technologies. The new integrated platform provides an entirely new way to build, secure, control, and manage end-to-end private networks in the cloud using wired and wireless broadband Internet services. Cradlepont NetCloud will be rolled-out in several phases starting with today’s rebranding of the Pertino Cloud Network Engine service as Cradlepoint NetCloud Engine and followed in less than 90 days with single-pane-of-glass management and router integrations.

“While all eyes are on the SD-WAN space and the pending refresh of MPLS branch networks, Cradlepoint’s new NetCloud platform strategy, and its first carrier partnership with SoftBank, highlights the significant opportunity for SDN and NFV—wrapped in a cloud model—to transform wired and wireless consumer broadband into enterprise-grade networks,” said Lee Doyle, principal analyst at Doyle Research. “The benefits of this private-intranet-over-public-Internet approach extends beyond the branch, addressing the distributed security and policy enforcement challenges unique to cloud, mobility, and IoT deployments within the enterprise.”

To support the SoftBank partnership and sales expansion in the Asia Pacific region, Cradlepoint has established offices in Japan and Australia.

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7 Things to Know About LTE Advanced

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Carrier Aggregation Enables LTE-A to be Three Times Faster Than Previous Generation of LTE

Because LTE Advanced (LTE-A) routing is on the cutting edge of networking technology, there aren’t many resources available online that identify business cases for adopting the service. Most resources that are available online are filled with jargon or are outdated, i.e. published when the spec was released years before the service was available.

Whether you’re an expert who needs help articulating the case for investing in LTE-A-compatible technologies or you’re largely unfamiliar with the service, consider this your go-to primer.

Benefits of LTE Advanced are rooted in carrier aggregation

First things first: carrier aggregation is the innovative new feature on which LTE-A is built. In conventional LTE networks, carriers broadcast in multiple frequency bands, but each device or 4G router can only utilize a single frequency band at a time. At any given time, certain frequency bands may be overtaxed with traffic, while other frequency bands remain underutilized. This means the devices are underutilizing the network resources, and quality-of-service (QoS) might be negatively impacted by high-volume usage on one band within a geographic area or when applications require a lot of bandwidth.

Carrier aggregation, however, makes it possible for carriers to transmit data to a device like a wireless router over multiple network bands at once, through a single “aggregated data pipe.”

LTE Advanced offers better Quality-of-Service (QoS)

LTE-A utilizes a more efficient packet scheduling protocol and allows carriers to manage radio frequency resources more flexibly. In other words, the packets of data carried over the network can get where they’re going using more efficient routes, and there’s a lower likelihood that those data will be lost in transmission. Network providers can better allocate radio spectrum resources across their network, intelligently selecting which users connect via which frequency bands to enhance quality and capacity in spite of finite spectrum.

That means businesses that rely on wireless networks will be able to use and create higher-bandwidth applications, enjoy better access to cloud storage and software, and work faster.

LTE Advanced is more reliable

With single-band LTE, it is possible for connectivity to be interrupted for a few seconds when a device switches frequency bands. In contrast, because LTE-A utilizes multiple frequency bands at once, devices switch frequency bands in just a few milliseconds. Additionally, even if one band drops, the device stays connected via the second band in the aggregated data pipe.

Businesses will be able to trust LTE-A to provide connectivity for even their most mission-critical applications.

Carriers are using LTE-A & ‘small cells’ to address data demand

While traditional LTE is already widely recognized by mobile and distributed enterprises as a critical business enabler, one potential drawback is the potential for radio spectrum interference in densely crowded areas like urban centers and stadiums. Additionally, the demand for data is growing exponentially. Today, cellular carriers are aggressively deploying small-cell radio access nodes in many urban centers in concert with their efforts to expand their LTE-A coverage. These small-cell nodes have a short range, but they help increase network capacity and decrease congestion.

This move by carriers will make it possible for enterprises to continue the shift to wireless networking, because carriers will be better able to meet the rapidly increasing demand for wireless bandwidth.

LTE-A is three times faster than the previous generation of LTE

Current-generation LTE networks aren’t reaching their full potential speeds, so you may be wondering whether LTE-A will be able to significantly improve network performance. The answer is yes, thanks to carrier aggregation.

Recently we conducted a speed test here in Boise on AT&T’s network. On single-band LTE, we saw speeds of about 4 Mbps. When we measured speed for the LTE-A service, we reached speeds more than three times faster — 15 Mbps. Across the U.S., the trend is similar: with conventional LTE, typical speeds range from 5-12 Mbps, while LTE-A offers advertised speeds of 10-25 Mbps. We have been getting reports of speed tests using our routers coming in at 60 Mbps, 80 Mbps and even up to 156 Mbps on commercial networks in the U.S.

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LTE Advanced is available across the U.S.

All major carriers in the U.S. are quickly rolling out LTE-A on their networks. AT&T and Verizon started in major metro areas (NFL cities, to be exact) and continue to expand. T-Mobile and Sprint have a great percentage of their LTE networks covered by LTE-A at this point.

Some carriers have their own branded name for LTE-A services, while others may brand it later. T-Mobile is calling it “Wideband LTE,” Sprint labels it “LTE Plus” (they retired the Sprint Spark name), and Verizon has been rolling it out under its “XLTE” brand, but we’re adding “with carrier aggregation” to delineate. AT&T hasn’t announced a branded name for LTE Advanced yet.

Cradlepoint launched the world’s first & only suite of LTE Advanced-compatible routers

Cradlepoint is the industry leader in 4G LTE. We were the first to support LTE connectivity using a USB stick, the first to engineer an LTE router with an embedded modem, and now our LTE-A routers are the only line of routing products on the market that enterprises can use to take advantage of LTE-A.

Here are a few features of our new platforms:

  • Supports carrier aggregation for two frequency bands
  • SIM-based automatic carrier selection for all of North America (just insert an active SIM and power up)
  • Backwards-compatible with traditional LTE and HSPA+
  • No price increase over our Category 3 LTE routers

LTE-A has very real bottom-line benefits for mobile and distributed enterprises with high-bandwidth needs. For example, a bus carrying 60 passengers can use LTE-A to offer more bandwidth and network capacity, creating a better experience for riders. A retail store with dozens of different applications and multiple Parallel Networks that all depend on wireless connectivity for either primary or failover connectivity can enjoy even greater reliability, better QoS, and significantly faster speeds to enhance customer experience.

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Sierra Wireless enables the world’s fastest vehicle network for first responders, field services and transit

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Sierra Wireless have announced the availability of theAirLink® MP70, an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) vehicle router for mission critical applications in public safety, transit and field services.
Today’s mobile workforce needs to connect more technology in and around their vehicles to enhance safety and responsiveness. The MP70 serves as a purpose-built, high-performance vehicle networking solution that enables multiple high-bandwidth applications to work simultaneously, more than 10 times faster and four times further from the vehicle than ever before. It also provides IT departments with the flexibility to manage fleet and mobile assets in the cloud or in the enterprise data center using Sierra Wireless AirLink Network Management solutions.
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“First responders and field services teams need access to uncompromised connectivity at all times, and that’s central to all of our LTE networking solutions,” said Jason Krause, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “Using the MP70, mobile workers can communicate seamlessly from in and around their vehicle, as if they were in an office. This allows them to perform critical duties onsite more efficiently, and ultimately respond more quickly and effectively in the field.”

For example, a typical law enforcement vehicle hosts a laptop for dispatch and records management, an electronic citation system, live digital video surveillance, body-worn cameras and automated license plate recognition (ALPR) systems. With the MP70, all of these systems can connect to a high-speed vehicle area network, with both gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi supported, and share a secure LTE-A cellular connection that enables the dispatcher to access all of the systems in real time.

“We trialed the MP70 router to connect our in-vehicle computers and provide a Wi-Fi hotspot for our team to access critical database records onsite in real time during emergencies,” said Greg Katz, Lieutenant, Billerica MA Police Department. “Right out of the box, we were impressed by the MP70’s top-notch, ruggedized form factor—with hardened aluminum casing, it’s clearly designed for turbulent vehicle environments. We are also very impressed with its reliable LTE connectivity and, because it offers 4-port Gigabit Ethernet, we will be able to support more in-vehicle equipment, such as video cameras and ALPR, bringing the full functionality of our office network to our patrol officers.”

“The MP70 high performance vehicle router extends Sierra Wireless’ industry leading portfolio of vehicle gateways, which includes the AirLink GX450 mobile gateway and multi-network FirstNet Band 14 oMG vehicle router,” said Robin Duke-Woolley, CEO of specialist IoT analyst firm Beecham Research. “There is strong demand for vehicle area networks that can handle multiple applications, and the MP70’s flexible, secure management and Wi-Fi capabilities make it an attractive option.”

An entire fleet of AirLink MP70 routers, field applications and mobile assets can be remotely managed, controlled and monitored over a centralized platform using AirLink Network Management solutions from Sierra Wireless. Available as a hosted, cloud-based AirLink Management Service, or as a licensed software platform in the enterprise data center, oMM Management System, AirLink Network Management solutions allow organizations to increase efficiency and lower maintenance costs by up to 90 percent.

The MP70 is the industry’s first router with a high performance vehicle area network accessible via Gigabit Ethernet, Gigabit Wi-Fi and 300 mbps LTE-A to connect multiple applications in and around the vehicle. It has an integrated events engine, built-in vehicle I/O and support for AirLink Vehicle Telemetry to enable advanced awareness and instant insight into vehicle diagnostics, connected mobile assets, fleet operations and the workforce. The MP70 also provides GNSS and inertial navigation (activated in an upcoming software release), enabling superior vehicle location accuracy, even when out of satellite coverage. Purpose-built for vehicles, the AirLink MP70 ensures superior reliability and continuous operation in harsh environments and is designed to survive extreme transient surges and perform in noisy vehicle power environments.

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Cradlepoint Provides Connectivity for Multiple Entertainment Applications In Luxury Vehicle Fleet

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Luxury transportation service creates the ultimate entertainment experience and new revenue opportunities with LTE connectivity

Cradlepoint, the global leader in software-defined 4G LTE network solutions for enterprises, announced today that it’s helping JetLoungeX (JLX) connect an advanced in-vehicle entertainment system designed for luxury limousine, mobile gaming, corporate travel, and party bus services. When developing its lavish entertainment vehicle experience, JLX looked to support a wide variety of applications—from interactive social media access and selfie photo booths, to printing, teleconferencing, and digital signage. To meet the high-bandwidth demands these latency-sensitive applications require, JLX needed always-on, flexible in-vehicle network connectivity. Cradlepoint empowers JLX to create a reliable and secure LTE-based network to connect all applications, expand opportunities to promote revenue-generating ad content, and extend connectivity to passengers for the ultimate transportation experience.

Reliable connectivity isn’t just for fixed locations anymore. Traveling employees need to connect to the office while at remote sites just as much as passengers now expect complimentary Wi-Fi while traveling. Cradlepoint enables businesses, retailers, educators, healthcare providers, public safety, and public transportation to connect anyone anywhere. Cradlepoint’s LTE solutions are highly reliable, ruggedized, and easy to deploy and manage—making them ideal for challenging in-vehicle network environments. Specific to JLX, Cradlepoint’s AER2100 platform was selected to support the robust bandwidth needs of 12 in-vehicle computers, for both primary and failover connectivity. These computers run applications like the first of its kind selfie Fotopod Photo Booth that uploads in real-time to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, all while keeping music humming and digital advertisements running. The solution is built on open architecture that enables any enterprise to easily increase bandwidth, reliability, security, and flexibility with a compact, all-in-one solution.

“We’ve always had a good understanding of our in-vehicle network bandwidth capacity and performance requirements being driven by our entertainment system. However, it was challenging to support those connectivity needs until we found Cradlepoint. The company provided us with an all-inclusive, feature-rich solution,” said Devin Foxx, CEO at JetLoungeX. “Cradlepoint helped us upgrade our network capabilities and successfully transform the use of our vehicles from a traditional limousine service into an all-around transport entertainment experience. It’s a completely different ball game and wouldn’t be possible without Cradlepoint.”

“Cradlepoint enables enterprises to do more and wire less. For JLX, this capability is critical to continuously connecting an abundance of technology in its fleet of luxury entertainment vehicles. For others, it could mean connecting patrol cars so a police officer can spend more time in the field, a nurse can travel to care for her immobile patients while accessing medical records remotely, and a retailer can create a pop-up shop at a city festival and securely manage enough transactions to exceed its annual sales goal. We are helping businesses harness the power of LTE to create reliable, flexible, and secure networks that augment, complement, and extend the capabilities of traditional connectivity,” said Ian Pennell, chief marketing officer for Cradlepoint.

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Realm Pictures Create New Genre Of Interactive Video Game Using Peplink Connectivity

Realm Pictures is a film production company based in the UK that has created a new genre of live interactive video game events. Their first was the Live First Person Shooter which they filmed in their studio grounds using local fixed line connectivity. When they went to film the second level in a disused power station which had no fixed line connectivity available, they realized that they needed a different way to obtain reliable, high bandwidth, low latency Internet connectivity to make it work.

After searching for a solution that could use multiple 3G/4G LTE cellular connections they discovered Peplink SD-WAN technology, and contacted Grapevine Connect – a local Peplink Partner, to help.

Grapevine Connect has now worked on two productions with Realm Pictures – the latest being a series of real life interactive Hitman games for Io Interactive, where multiple 3G/4G LTE connections were bonded at the location and connected over SpeedFusion VPN via a FusionHub virtual appliance in the cloud to the Internet. This not only gave Realm Pictures a high bandwidth, reliable, low latency Internet connection, but also allowed for inbound connections from the Internet to on location set pieces (like a remote controlled machine gun) providing a full interactive experience for the end users.

For Realm Pictures, Peplink SD-WAN enables them to consider bold exciting locations for new levels and future projects, safe in the knowledge that Grapevine Connect and Peplink SD-WAN will enable them to connect to their audience and players successfully – wherever in the world they may be.

“We didn’t have a single problem with the cellular – it was super robust, very impressive! [and] on a shoot like this [that is] utterly utterly vital.” -David Reynolds. Artistic Director, Realm Pictures.

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Nestlé Nespresso Improves Coffee Performance With Connectivity

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Challenge

Nestlé Nespresso, the pioneer and market leader in highest-quality portioned premium coffee, has selected Sierra Wireless to provide a comprehensive machine-to-machine (M2M) cloud platform and hardware solution to provide connectivity for Nespresso coffee machines used in restaurants, hotels, offices, and luxury retail boutiques.

Solution

The solution, developed on the AirVantage M2M Cloud Platform and using the Sierra Wireless GL6100 programmable modem, allows Nespresso to excel in the dedicated professional services it provides to its business customers. The solution also enables Nespresso to deliver extended after-sales services by ensuring that the machines are maintained in excellent condition; that they operate at the optimum pressure and temperature to produce the highest quality coffee, cup after cup that its consumers have come to expect; and that customers are well-supplied with their coffee of choice.

“Highest quality coffee and a personalized service are at the core of the Nespresso brand,” said Marco Zancolo, Head of B2B Channel, Nestlé Nespresso. “We continuously seek to innovate in our business-to-business offerings, providing solutions to meet the needs of the most discerning business customers and hosts in the hospitality business. We expect that this innovative solution, powered by the Sierra Wireless AirVantage M2M Cloud Platform, will further ensure that Nespresso will consistently deliver simplicity, reliability and a rewarding coffee experience for our clients’ customers and colleagues.”

The solution includes the GL6100 programmable modem, which monitors the Nespresso coffee machines and transmits operational and business data to the AirVantage Platform via the wireless network. The GL6100 modem, equipped with a built-in Embedded SIM, ensures that the modem has the durability and performance required to withstand the vibrations, temperatures, and pressures characteristic of the coffee machine environment.

The coffee machine monitoring applications integrated in the professional Nespresso machines are built on the Sierra Wireless AirVantage Platform. The applications remotely retrieve operational and performance data from each machine, keep track of descaling and other maintenance procedures, and alert technical staff if servicing is required. The applications can also be used to remotely adjust the equipment settings, such as water temperature and pressure.

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* Case Study courtesy of Sierra Wireless