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Enterprises across a wide range of vertical markets—including retail, restaurant, hospitality, and convenience store—are turning to amenities-based guest WiFi solutions to increase consumer traffic. Now government agencies are also beginning to use the power of cloud-managed WiFi technology to keep their workforces and constituents better connected.
Better connected. That’s what HughesONTM Managed WiFi is all about. A component of the HughesON portfolio of Managed Network Solutions, HughesON Managed WiFi combines superior WiFi and business networking into an integrated solution with a complete portfolio of managed WiFi/wireless Internet services designed to address government wireless application needs, including:
A unique advantage of the HughesON solution is that it is backed by the Hughes portfolio of managed transport services—including DSL, cable, fiber, T1 OCx, 4G, and satellite— encompassing a complete end-to-end solution for both WiFi and broadband, with a single network management and monitoring platform covering all access points.
Case in point: Hughes was recently awarded a contract to provide HughesON Guest WiFi to the Florida Army National Guard’s (FLARNG) 65 armories state-wide, which are used for a variety of military functions, training exercises, and social events for National Guardsmen and their families.
As part of the solution, Hughes will install a WiFi access point at each armory and deliver broad- band service such as DSL or cable, enabling users to access the Internet, check email, and stream media via mobile devices and laptop/desktop computers equipped with wireless antennas.
On average, 10 to 50 users at each site are expected to access the managed WiFi service at a time. Each location will have a Hughes HR4700 gateway router that provides best-in-class security and innovative ActiveQoSTM technologies that accelerate broadband performance. Along with content filtering that allows the creation of whitelists and blacklists to control access to undesirable sites, the solution also includes installation, maintenance, and 24/7 help desk support. All 65 sites are scheduled to be deployed by the end of the year.
“The beauty of HughesON Managed WiFi is that as a managed service, it is worry-free,” said Tony Bardo, assistant vice president of Government Solutions at Hughes. “Agencies have enough to worry about and can be confident leaving the management of an integrated HughesON Managed WiFi solution in the hands of a single trusted provider.”
Today, staying connected is more important than ever. That’s why WiFi isn’t just for business alone—it’s an essential tool to keep the business of government working efficiently for constituents and employees alike.
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