DAS, Wi-Fi and private network provider Boingo Wireless has announced an expanded collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Under the partnership, AWS edge and cloud services are now integrated within Boingo’s converged network offering and can be implemented with DAS, Wi-Fi and private network deployments.
Boingo noted that the agreement makes it possible to combine AWS capabilities with Boingo’s managed networks provides airports, stadiums, manufacturing and healthcare facilities, and other large enterprises, with one central hub for efficiently operating connected consumer and business applications. Boingo said it is leveraging AWS for venue customers including Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), where it launched a new private network over Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum. The private cellular solution securely connects IoT devices at ORD and powers essential airport services.
Chicago O’Hare International Airport activated a virtual customer service center at its Traveler’s Aid Station that required a dedicated wireless network to facilitate communications between on-site passengers and remote support staff via a live video kiosk. Because Boingo manages the converged DAS and Wi-Fi network at ORD, the company said that it had the flexibility to quickly design and deploy a cloud-based private network for the kiosk in just days, supplying necessary bandwidth and speed for reliable, high quality video calls. The end-to-end network was engineered with AWS to securely host video distribution data, Boingo said.
“The Boingo Private Network gives Chicago O’Hare a connectivity platform that delivers crisp, clear video calls while avoiding congestion with our public wireless networks,” said Diego Ferrer, managing deputy commissioner and chief information officer at Chicago Department of Aviation. “Boingo seamlessly integrated the private network into our existing infrastructure and keeps our airport operations cutting-edge with AWS cloud services.”
“We work with world class organizations like O’Hare and AWS to enable fully connected environments and open the door for innovation. Our private network at ORD removes barriers to instantly connect travelers, improve operational efficiencies and deliver a better passenger experience,” said Michael J. Zeto III, senior vice president of global strategy and emerging businesses at Boingo.
In June, Digital Colony had completed its acquisition of Boingo Wireless for a total of $854 million. Digital Colony is a digital infrastructure investment firm with over US$30 billion in assets under management. The firm has its headquarters in Boca Raton, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London and Singapore.