Sacramento, CA and Toledo, OH (PRWEB) August 29, 2003
WebRaiser Technologies, Inc and Airpath Wireless, Inc. announced today the introduction of a cash payment option for Wi-Fi hot spot access through self-service kiosks. With the Airpath/WebRaiser Wi-Fi enabled kiosk solution, users can now walk up to a public access kiosk, insert cash, and receive instant wireless Internet access for laptops and PDAÂs without signing up for accounts or providing credit information.
ÂThis news will come as a relief to millions of travelers and business professionals who desire Wi-Fi access, but cringe at the thought signing up for another monthly internet service account to satisfy an occasional need,Â stated WebRaiser President, Dave Gonsiorowski.
Wi-Fi access points and self-service kiosks are two fast growing technologies riding on the consumer demand for public Internet access. Tele Analytics states that the projected number of hot spots will reach 580,000 access points in North America by 2007 up from an estimated 90,000 by year-end 2003. Summit Research predicts kiosks will grow to 266,000 installed units in North America by 2005.
ÂThe development is significant,Â explained Airpath President, Tim Barrett. ÂWe recognize that many first time users and users with only an occasional need may forego usage due to account activation processes and requirements to provide credit card information. The ability to pay with cash will expand the Wi-Fi appeal and be a major factor in fueling the growth of hot spot usage.Â
Wi-Fi hot spots and kiosks are a logical marriage. Together, they provide access points for the equipped and non-equipped user through a shared broadband connection. When placed together, consumers with Laptops and Internet enabled PDAÂs can connect to the Internet wirelessly and those without a device can use the PC and monitor on the kiosk to gain access.
Wi-Fi access has traditionally relied on web pages to sign customers up for accounts or type in credit card information to gain access. Kiosks are traditionally equipped to handle multiple forms of payment including credit card, cash and in some parts of the world coin. With the marriage users can now use the kiosks physical payment devices to securely obtain access to Wi-Fi hot spots.
The Wi-Fi cash acceptance system is based on AirpathÂs WiBOSSÂ, hot spot management system and WebRaiserÂs award winning Total Self-Service Enterprise platform. ÂOur combined technologies offer a powerful platform for distributing Wi-Fi services through self-service mediums,Â stated Gonsiorowski. Together we have developed a solution that completes the public Wi-Fi access solution. We address the needs of users with existing accounts from a variety of carriers, users who want to sign up for an account, and users who want to prepay usage with credit cards or cash.Â
WebRaiser will debut the integrated technology at The Kiosk Show in Long Beach, CA September 17th and 18th. WebRaiser will begin shipping the solution under the name VendiAccess as a component of its VendiNet series of digital vending kiosks in September 2003.
Airpath Wireless, Inc., developers of WiBOSSÂ, a world-leading carrier-grade Public
Access Management System. Enabling carriers such as telcos, cable and mobile operators, and service providers, WiBOSS simplifies deployments, operations and management of broadband Wi-Fi Hot Spots. By utilizing the Airpath managed solutions, its customers enter the public Wi-Fi industry quickly while Airpath acts as a managed operator behind the scenes.
The company's scaleable, hosted software solutions interoperate with legacy hardware and software. The company manages roaming settlement and clearing for over 300 HotSpot providers using ISPS.NET, its Wi-Fi Clearinghouse System. Additional information is available at http://www.airpath.com.
WebRaiser Technologies, Inc., developers of the award winning Total Self-Service Enterprise software suite; a universal platform for developing, deploying and managing self-service devices, relationships, applications, transactions and content. WebRaiser is a complete solution provider with products and services uniquely suited to address government, healthcare, human resources, retail, and vending needs. WebRaiser has been focused solely on self-service since 1997. Additional information is available at http://www.webraiser.com.
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