San Francisco (PRWEB) February 27, 2009
Sputnik(R), a provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) for venue-branded, access-controlled Wi-Fi networks, and OpenDNS, provider of the award-winning navigation service that makes the Internet safer, faster, smarter and more reliable, today announced that SputnikNet includes OpenDNS content filtering and anti-phishing services. The new integrated service has already been deployed across hundreds of Wi-Fi hotspot networks, including some of the country's largest restaurant franchises.
"Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf chose SputnikNet and OpenDNS to give our customers the best possible Wi-Fi experience. Customers can now browse the Web in our coffeehouses, knowing they are safe from phishing scams, and confident the Wi-Fi connection is both fast and reliable," said Scott Nicholson, Sr. Director of Operations Services of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. "As you read this, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf customers are enjoying a safer Wi-Fi experience in hundreds of our stores."
SputnikNet is a web application that enables remote management of wireless networks and flexible subscriber management. Using a browser, Wi-Fi providers securely access their entire network, which can be distributed all over the world, to manage Sputnik-Powered access points (APs), view status reports, and monitor user sessions. Providers can design custom-branded captive portals (login pages), set up walled gardens and post-login redirects to any Web site. They can provide free, paid, advertising-supported Wi-Fi, or link access to customer loyalty programs.
Now, with OpenDNS integrated into SputnikNet, service providers can deliver a safe, fast and reliable Web browsing experience through Wi-Fi APs across their entire network, at no extra cost. OpenDNS provides award-winning protection from fraudulent phishing attacks and allows family-friendly venues to restrict access to inappropriate content. OpenDNS's customizable Web content filtering service enables the blocking of more than 50 categories of Web sites, including "Drugs", "Hate/Discrimination" and more than seven categories of "Adult" content. In addition, SputnikNet allows service providers to limit the amount of time or bandwidth available to Wi-Fi users, throttle peer-to-peer file sharing traffic, and prevent guests from accessing their private, internal networks.
"Public venues want to offer their customers a safe, consistent, and branded wireless broadband experience," said David LaDuke, Sputnik CEO. "The combination of OpenDNS and SputnikNet makes it possible to do this at about the cost of operating a neon sign. We think this will help drive more Wi-Fi in more public places."
"We're thrilled Sputnik has chosen to integrate OpenDNS into SputnikNet, particularly for restaurants like Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf where Internet access is often an integral part of the restaurant visit," said OpenDNS Founder and CTO David Ulevitch. "Sputnik is a world-class brand and together we're providing a new way for retailers and other public places to offer the Wi-Fi people want without exposing their customers to malicious and inappropriate content."
About Sputnik, Inc. (http://www.sputnik.com)
Sputnik Inc. is a leading provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) that enables ISPs and wireless service providers to build venue-branded, access-controlled Wi-Fi services and manage them over the Internet. Sputnik's remote network and subscriber management features allow cost-effective operation in locations without onsite technical support. The company's easy-to-use, flexible software supports a wide range of businesses, service providers, and educational institutions, and has been adopted by customers in more than 100 countries around the world. The company is based in San Francisco.
About OpenDNS (http://www.opendns.com)
OpenDNS is the leading provider of free security and infrastructure services that make the Internet safer through integrated Web content filtering, anti-phishing and DNS. OpenDNS services enable consumers and network administrators to secure their networks from online threats, reduce costs and enforce Internet-use policies. OpenDNS is used today by millions of users and organizations around the world. For more information about OpenDNS, please visit: http://www.opendns.com
Leslie Schroeder PR&Mktg