Dan McBride VP Marketing Stoke
Mobile and WiFi gateway solution provider Stoke recently launched at Mobile World Congress 2013 a new solution which is targeted at improving the customer experience at stadiums and metropolitan areas. The company's GameChanger solution in partnership with SOLiD Technologies brings together management, WiFi and fiber installation.
The idea is to allow a stadium to be WiFi and carrier agnostic meaning in a perfect world every customer will be able to come to a stadium and have coverage from their own provider. There are multiple benefits as consumers will get better quality of service, carriers will benefit from using the lit fiber instead of relying on radio technology and stadium owners won't have to invest in providing WiFi themselves. Moreover, they also get access to rich user data and can choose to show ads on the screens of devices for things like hot dog sales and the like.
Boston Transit will be the first customer of what Stoke refers to as neutral host architecture (pictured) and the company's Wi-Fi eXchange aggregates, authenticates and meters the traffic running on the network.
The company also has news relating to a new software agent to protect LTE networks from threats to service availability meaning service providers can guide the LTE Security eXchange solution to provide inspection of network components. Some of the threats the solution should be able to catch are unauthorized access, session spoofing, privacy attacks or increased signaling loads which could be the result of increased use of small cells. The company has seen in its initial research that small cell usage will indeed increase signaling loads dramatically meaning carriers should keep a close eye on this challenge as they expand their reliance on this new technology.