Spot On Networks is the largest service provider of High Speed Wi-Fi and Wired Internet to the multifamily housing industry. We have deployed networks at nearly 400 residential properties, over 70 US Hotel Networks, across the US.
SON provides very cost effective, secure, branded, high-speed Wireless and Wired Internet access, and managed telecommunications services to residents, guests and staff alike. Headquartered in New Haven, CT, SON manages and actively monitors its 500+ networks deployed throughout the United States.
In 2011 ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage in residential multi-family dwelling complexes is quickly transforming from a “nice to have amenity” to a “utility”. ”…they’ll build wireless internet into every building, just the way they build in running water, heat and electricity today” according to David Pogue of the New York Times. Many building owners and property developers have already realized the significant benefits from providing this service to every tenant’s apartment and in all community areas.
Furthermore, Wi-Fi has the capability to offset cellular telephone and WiMax coverage issues, and SON has been engaged to develop strategies to supplement and/or assist in the reduction of cellular dead zones and the augmentation of alternative services to meet the cell system capacity needs of today’s residents.
When IDC released a report recently that worldwide 100.9 million smart phones were shipped in the last three months of 2010 compared to only 92.1 million PCs. Considering that virtually every one of those phones has Wi-Fi capabilities and that 50% of phone usage is conducted in the home, users expect to be able to use their phones over a community wide Wi-Fi network. Having a wireless router in common areas is probably not going to be sufficient to satisfy residents' demands, nor is having a community wide Wi-Fi network that was designed for Laptops and not the much weaker Smartphones going to make the majority of residents happy. The recently released Kineto Smartphone survey has some really revealing information, such as:
88% of respondents are interested in a service which offers free or discounted Wi-Fi calling.
43% of Smartphone users use Wi-Fi daily while 64% use it at least 4 or more days each week.
43% primarily use it because it's faster than the cell network, while 45% use it because it's easier to access the internet.
AND FOR THE MOST TELLING STATISTIC: 78% indicated an interest in using Wi-Fi to improve indoor cellular coverage.
“Outside of the loss of data traffic, [cellular] operators have hesitated about managing their own Wi-Fi networks because they want to be sure the experience is up to par. When it's a free for all, users will get variable quality, which is a problem for operators who want to slap their brand on it”, says Current Analysis analyst Peter Jarich.
There are owners that still wish to provide their residents with wired internet access. As such, SON has the capability to deploy an integrated Wired and Wireless network where the user can access either, and switch seamlessly, with their custom created User ID and Password property wide.
By deploying robust, high speed Wi-Fi Networks, building residents are able to use virtually all Wi-Fi devices. These devices include: Desktop computers, PC, Mac, IPad, PSP, PS3, Xbox, Wii, VOIP phones, Smartphones, DVR, TIVO, Chumbys, Wi-Fi Cameras, and Wi-Fi enabled GPS systems.
Building owners, managers and hotel operators have realized the many tangible and intangible benefits of offering managed Wireless and/or Wired internet to residents or guests. Managed Wi-Fi brings the capability of wireless high speed Internet access to all areas of a residential complex or hotel without troublesome interference from large numbers of competing consumer wireless routers. The following discussion will be broken down into two parts: benefits to residents and benefits to property owners and managers.
Benefits to property owners:
1) Increase the value of your property.
2) Attract more technologically savvy residents.
3) Increase your brand awareness and exposure.
4) Eliminate headaches for community managers and sales and leasing agents.
5) Increased rental fees.
6) Increased average lease lengths.
7) Creating a community experience.
8) Customized, branded, marketing material.
9) Dedicated personnel that have thorough knowledge of your property and its network.
10) Optional additional revenue stream.
11) A fix for bad cell phone coverage