Mar. 13, 2017—Ruckus Wireless, a part of Brocade, and Intersection, an urban experience company, today announced a partnership aimed at bringing free high-speed public Wi-Fi to city streets and transit hubs around the globe.
As cities around the world face aging infrastructure and growing populations, leaders are working to improve civic services and better engage citizens without cost to taxpayers. The engagement between Ruckus and Intersection delivers free, sustainable connectivity through the convergence of world-class wireless technology, digital services and a viable business model supported by advertising. Intersection, the lead company behind LinkNYC, develops cutting-edge platforms that offer services like free gigabit public Wi-Fi and context-aware content, which generates value for cities, citizens, and brands. Ruckus’ technology enables connected devices and users on Intersection’s platform receive a reliable, high-performance connection.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Intersection, which enables premier smart city projects like LinkNYC, one of the largest and fastest free public Wi-Fi network in the world, which will soon extend to London and cities across the United Kingdom,” said Dan Rabinovitsj, COO, Ruckus Wireless Business Unit, Brocade. “The use of our Smart Wireless solutions, including carrier grade controllers, adaptive antenna technology and location based services, allows Intersection to continue to deliver more connected, seamless and human experiences across digital and physical worlds while also improving city operations.”
“Ruckus has been a great partner in helping to build the fastest Wi-Fi network on the planet,” said Colin O’Donnell, Chief Innovation Officer of Intersection. “We’ve already seen success in New York and are gearing up to bring the fastest available Wi-Fi and digital innovation to new cities and communities around the world.”About Intersection
Intersection is an urban experience company that connects people with the places around them, delivering valuable information and services to people throughout their day. We improve city life, whether providing public services like free Wi-Fi, providing people the information they need to get where they’re going, or building transformative experiences for brands. In doing so, we connect cities with their residents and visitors and give advertisers access to the audiences they want to reach. Intersection is owned by a consortium of investors led by Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company. (www.intersection.com)
About the Ruckus Wireless Business Unit
Ruckus Wireless delivers simply better wireless networking—and now wired switching as well—for enterprise, service provider, government and small business customers worldwide. The Ruckus Wireless Business Unit of Brocade is focused on technology innovation, partner ecosystems and customer service—yielding the best possible wireless or wired experience for the most challenging indoor and outdoor environments. Its Smart Wi-Fi platform delivers scalable, high-performance Wi-Fi with simplified control and management for on-premise and cloud-based Wi-Fi deployments, along with new services for secure on-boarding, policy management, location services and analytics that enable new business opportunities. The Brocade Ruckus ICX 7000 family of switches provide flexible scalability and simplified management, meeting the needs of businesses and organizations of all types and sizes.
Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) networking solutions help the world’s leading organizations turn their networks into platforms for business innovation. With solutions spanning public and private data centers to the network edge, Brocade is leading the industry in its transition to the New IP network infrastructures required for today’s era of digital business. (www.brocade.com)