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Wifi-soft Solutions: Enterprise-class Cloud Based Hotspot Management

Rishi Ghare, CEO, WiFi Soft SolutionsRishi Ghare, CEO
Given the chance to use their personal devices at work, employees are found to be more productive,” advocates Rishi Ghare, CEO, WiFi Soft Solutions. This new school tenet is responsible for the outburst of personal mobile devices within organizations. Simultaneously, with the rise in WiFi technology, organizations are now facing extensive challenges to manage and monitor mobile devices within enterprise premises and ensure security of the enterprise data.

Based at Austin, TX, Wifi-soft Solutions provides Wi-Fi management solutions to handle challenges in the current enterprise wireless network. The company’s flexible BYOD options allow employees to use personal devices like smartphones and tablets without compromising the security of the enterprise network. “Our unmatched flexibility and mobility enables employees to access their company’s network and Internet from any corner at any time. With our gigabit Wi-Fi technology, we can meet the high speed and high capacity requirements of enterprise businesses,” says Ghare. Wifi-soft offers end-to-end solutions, for Wi-Fi hotspot industry and internet service providers, which consist of WiFi OSS/BSS, NMS, Wi-Fi gateways, access points, and PoE injectors. “Our solutions can be deployed in wide range of venues, ranging from small cafes, restaurants to large hotels, airports, and universities,” he says.

Wifi-soft’s complete OSS/BSS suite, WiFiLAN Cloud is hardware agnostic which works seamlessly with all major Wi-Fi hardware vendors and helps them in managing public access networks like Wi-Fi hotspots and hot zones. It provides all necessary features like captive portals, social media logins, hotspot, and post-paid billing, and network monitoring. The solution can be white labeled for the customers and customized to suit their business requirements. Operators can avail these services from the cloud without having to install and maintain the server infrastructure. This allows them to easily scale their Wi-Fi business and focus their efforts on expanding their Wi-Fi footprint without having to worry about the back-office operations.

With our gigabit Wi-Fi technology, we can meet the high speed and high capacity requirements of enterprise businesses


This allows them to easily scale their Wi-Fi business and focus their efforts on expanding their Wi-Fi footprint without having to worry about the back-office operations. Additionally, the WLAN Cloud offers services like bandwidth control, time/ data access policies, Wi-Fi marketing, ad monetization, and analytics and reporting.

In 2010, Wifi-soft introduced its all-in-one access controller, UniBox, which provides a complete hotspot management function in a single box for small hotels, cafes, and the DIY hotspot owners. It also comes with advanced advertisement capabilities which allow venues to do local advertisement and push ads/ promotions to their customers. Recently, Wifi-soft introduced a cloud-managed 802.11n and 802.11ac access points for outdoor and indoor Wi-Fi installations. This offering enables all access points to be centrally configured and monitored from a cloud dashboard, and offers full meshing capabilities for a high performance and reliable connectivity.

“Our solutions help operators streamline their business operations, save cost, and bring operational efficiency in their network operations,” points out Ghare. For instance, Redcoach a bus operator in Florida ended up paying $18,000 4G charges for operating Wi-Fi in 15 buses, as passengers exploited their free Wi-Fi access to download movies and videos in bulk. “We replaced their simple password mechanism and deployed the access and bandwidth control solution with tiered pricing which dropped the internet charges below $10,000, and they started generating revenue from passengers who wanted to avail higher speed,” explains Ghare.

The company is constantly engaged in solving futuristic real world problems coming up with innovative solutions like Hotspot Clicks to monetize the Wi-Fi hotspot infrastructure. “Our next advancement is towards building an ecosystem in which smart devices could interact and exchange data, and make intelligent decisions, helping rural isolated world get connected to the internet,” concludes Ghare.