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"The ARRIS Rapid Launch Hot Zone System will enable us to help our commercial customers expand their marketing capabilities, which is especially valuable for small businesses in this tough economic climate," said Karin Woodard, Director of Business Development and IT for Sunflower Broadband. "These enhanced services will also create stickiness for our high speed data products, and produce new revenue from advertising and expanded service level offerings."
The Rapid Launch Hot Zone System provides robust capabilities including centralized management that enables operators to manage and bill numerous commercial customers, who may have hundreds or thousands of end users. It integrates with third party billing systems, and can accommodate multiple pay-per-use options including credit cards, email accounts, and access codes. The system enables location-specific services which can consist of one business, or a group of business locations under one account. Access points can be managed individually for billing, authentication, bandwidth, messaging, and marketing. Tiered bandwidth service offerings give service providers the ability to charge premium rates for faster connections, and enhanced marketing features enable providers or their business customers to push specific marketing and advertising content on customized "welcome" and "registration" pages based on their locations.
"After evaluating several options, we selected this system because it easily interfaces with our existing network infrastructure, and enables us to provide pay services and marketing tools that can be tailored to the unique requirements of our individual customers," added Woodard. "ARRIS has a successful history of broadband commercial wireless integrations, and we are happy to be working with them on this initiative."
According to Woodard, the company will begin integrating the SolutionInc management system with more than 60 BelAir Networks access point locations in Lawrence, KS and the surrounding communities of Basehor, Tonganoxie, Linwood, and Eudora. Deployments are expected to begin in March of 2010.
"Sunflower Broadband is a forward-looking operator that recognizes the strategic benefits of enhanced internet services for its business customers and its own bottom line," said Tom Williams, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for ARRIS. "We are proud to have been chosen to assist them in expanding their commercial footprint."
ARRIS is a global communications technology company specializing in the design, engineering and supply of technology supporting quad-play broadband services for residential and business customers around the world. The company supplies broadband operators with the tools and platforms they need to deliver, reliable telephony, demand driven video, next-generation advertising and high-speed data services. Headquartered in Suwanee, GA, USA, ARRIS has R&D centers in Atlanta, Beaverton, OR; Chicago, IL; Kirkland, WA; Wallingford, CT; Waltham, MA; Cork, Ireland; and Shenzhen, China, and operates support and sales offices throughout the world. Information about ARRIS products and services can be found at www.arrisi.com.
About Sunflower Broadband
Sunflower Broadband is an innovative independent broadband operator that provides more than 200 television channels, high-speed cable internet access, and telephone services to residential and commercial subscribers in the Lawrence, Eudora, and Douglas County communities of northeast Kansas. It also provides its community with unparalleled local news and information resources through a converged partnership with the Lawrence Journal-World, 6NEWS, and World Online. Named Independent Cable Operator of the year in 2003, Sunflower Broadband was one of the first cable operators in the country to offer a 100% all digital channel lineup, high-speed internet access, and telephone services to its residential subscribers. The company also works with local businesses to provide everything from simple internet and communication services, to complex networking and telecommunication projects.
About SolutionInc Limited
With operations in more than 45 countries worldwide, SolutionInc is an established global leader in Internet, centralized hotspot connectivity, billing and management solutions. SolutionInc provides patented software and services to the hospitality and telecommunications industries through its award-winning, patented technology software products: SolutionIP(tm) and SolutionIP(tm) Enterprise. Through 700,000+ touch points, SolutionIP(tm) allows people to easily and securely connect to the Internet from locations such as hotel rooms, convention centres, universities, restaurants and airports. SolutionInc holds a robust patent and patent-pending portfolio and is a trademark and a wholly owned subsidiary of SolutionInc Technologies Limited (TSX-VEN: STL). www.solutioninc.com
About BelAir Networks
BelAir Networks is the market share leader in Service Provider Wi-Fi solutions. The company's portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless LAN access points, control and management systems enable service providers, government and businesses to deliver high performance, scalable and flexible managed Wi-Fi services to both enterprise and public users. BelAir Networks solutions provide a compelling return on investment and address the need for public Wi-Fi hot spots and hotzones, secure wireless LAN, cellular data offload, wireless backhaul and video surveillance. Innovative cable, telecom and mobile service providers use BelAir Networks to drive revenue and improve competitiveness. Founded in 2001, BelAir Networks is a privately held company with customers that include AT&T and Cablevision and backed by investment from Comcast Interactive Capital, T-Mobile Venture Fund and leading venture capital firms including Trilogy Equity Partners. For more information, visit www.belairnetworks.com.