CradlePoint, a provider of 3G/4G wireless networking solutions for distributed enterprises, announced at the M2M Evolution Conference this week in Las Vegas its support for Sprint's 4G LTE network for M2M networking, including digital signage and kiosks. CradlePoint's suite of networking solutions enables enterprise customers to leverage Sprint's 4G LTE Network for a variety of enterprise networking applications, the company said.
The availability of 4G LTE has changed the way in which enterprises deploy and manage their enterprise networks, CradlePOint said. Some enterprises use 4G LTE as their primary network connectivity for employees, customers, kiosks, digital signage, point-of-sale devices and vehicles. Other enterprises use 4G LTE as a backup network connection, significantly reducing the costly downtime associated with wired network outages. Finally, enterprises are increasingly using 4G LTE to create separate stand-alone networks within their enterprises, specifically to offload applications such as customer Wi-Fi or digital signage from the secure private networks that handle sensitive customer transactions and data.
"The expansion of Sprint's 4G LTE Network represents our commitment to the latest technology, more efficient cell sites, broader coverage areas and stronger signal strength," Sprint Vice President of Business and Product Development Wayne Ward said in the announcement. "As distributed enterprises deploy a growing array of operational and customer-facing applications that require the speed, flexibility and reliability that only 4G LTE can offer, we welcome CradlePoint's partnership and market leadership to support Sprint enterprise customers with their industry-leading 4G networking solutions and cloud-based management platform."
CradlePoint said its COR and ARC networking solutions are designed to leverage 4G LTE for a variety of enterprise and M2M, or machine-to-machine, networking applications. Customers include retail stores and restaurants, branch offices, kiosks and digital signage, and transportation providers such as buses and taxis. Customers utilize the recently announced CradlePoint Enterprise Cloud Manager to easily configure, deploy, manage and monitor on-premises network equipment in real-time from a central location, which the company said enables significantly lower operating costs by reducing network downtime and costly truck rolls.
The CradlePoint COR and ARC series have 3G/4G dual mode capabilities to enable deployment of a single solution for many company locations, leveraging 3G in locations where 4G is not yet available. In addition, devices can be managed remotely using Enterprise Cloud Manager, CradlePoint's network management platform for the rapid deployment, dynamic management and enhanced intelligence of CradlePoint enterprise network solutions.
Upon certification, CradlePoint COR and ARC series routers with integrated Sprint modems will be available from authorized distributors and resellers before the end of 2013, the company said.
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