Radisson SAS to Require iPass Enterprise Ready Broadband Service
Joins iPass Global Broadband Roaming Network; provides secure, easy-to-use, high-speed Internet access for business travellers
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM and LONDON, UK �� 6 April 2004 �� Rezidor SAS, one of the fastest growing hospitality companies in the world, and iPass Inc. (Nasdaq: IPAS) announced today at The Wireless LAN Event in Olympia, London that Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts, the first class hotel brand of Rezidor SAS Hospitality, will require the high-speed Internet connectivity it provides to their business traveller guests to be certified as Enterprise Ready by iPass and to become part of the iPass Global Broadband Roaming network. The Enterprise Ready certification from iPass will ensure that the 7.5 million annual guests who visit Radisson SAS properties will have the industry standard for simple and secure connectivity via the Internet to their corporate network-based data and applications.
Through this requirement, 110 Radisson SAS hotels are already offering, or are in the final stages of provisioning, high-speed wireless Internet access in all public areas, covering more that 12,000 guestrooms, meeting rooms and restaurants. The hotel chain's Wi-Fi network will be installed and managed by Netpoint.
"The iPass Enterprise Ready certification has become the world's standard for simple and secure Internet connectivity for business travellers. We are working towards making all Radisson SAS hotels iPass Enterprise Ready to support our E@syConnect initiative of making high-speed wireless Internet access available to all of our guests. Regardless of where they are, in any Radisson SAS Hotel, we are committed to providing guests with seamless, easy to use and secure service," commented Finn Schulz, vice-president of Information Technology, Rezidor SAS.
By joining the iPass Global Network, Radisson SAS is making high-speed Internet access in guest rooms accessible to the nearly half-million enterprise employees who use the iPass service every month. The iPass Enterprise Ready certification means that IT managers can be confident that employees can easily and securely connect to corporate networks from hotspot locations within the Radisson SAS chain. As a network provider, Radisson SAS has passed a rigorous testing regime before being certified iPass Enterprise Ready. This ensures not only service availability, but also interoperability with policy-based security systems such as virtual private networks, personal firewalls and anti-virus protection systems.
"As part of the iPass Global Network, Radisson SAS is giving its guests the opportunity to gain fast and secure access to the Internet wherever they are in any of their hotels. We're finding that, particularly for business travellers, this is becoming the expected norm, rather than an additional service," said Doug Loewe, managing director for EMEA at iPass. "In simple terms of productivity, the service that iPass and Radisson SAS is offering is extremely important. It means that rather than disrupting their working schedules and preventing them doing their jobs, business travellers can continue to communicate seamlessly and effectively as if they were in their office."