iPass Customers Gain Access to Wi-Fi Downtown Pittsburgh Network
Pittsburgh, PA- September 13, 2006 — iPass, Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS) a global provider of services that unify remote and mobile connectivity and devices, today announced a partnership with US Wireless Online to provide iPass Mobile Office (formerly iPass Corporate Access) customers secure and simple access to WiFi Downtown Pittsburgh, the city’s new municipal WiFi network. Starting today, iPass users will have access to this network through their award-winning iPassConnect™ universal client software.
“iPass and US Wireless Online are natural partners for making municipal networks available to high-value enterprise users.” said Anurag Lal Chief Business Development & Sales Officer at iPass. “iPass business travelers need secure, on-demand connectivity while visiting city centers. By working with US Wireless Online to deploy the first enterprise-ready WiFi network in downtown Pittsburgh, we ensure that the nearly one million quarterly users of our service will gain simple, secure and reliable access when working in the city. Additionally, providers like US Wireless Online help iPass create wireless home broadband solutions that complement our traditional DSL and cable options for home office, branch and retail locations.”
As with all networks, the US Wireless Online network completed iPass Enterprise Ready certification that ensures that any network added to the iPass global virtual network meets a variety of reliability requirements and pass stringent tests for interoperability with enterprise security systems. iPass customers in the Pittsburgh area such as Mellon Financial Corporation, GNC Corporation, and Heinz Company will benefit from this reliability and security, as well as simplified use, management and billing.
“User adoption is key for our network projects, and businesspeople are a key audience that WiFi Pittsburgh must serve well to succeed,” said Timothy J. Pisula, Chief Technology Officer, US Wireless Online. “Partnering with iPass gives WiFi Downtown Pittsburgh a turnkey method for expanding the reach of its network quickly with no additional cost and validates our strategic commitment to making our network open to third-party providers.”
iPass partners include many of the companies responsible for bringing WiFi Downtown Pittsburgh to enterprises, such as wireless broadband leader, US Wireless Online; Tropos Networks, the market leader for metro-scale, WiFi mesh network systems; and Pronto Networks, a provider of carrier-class operations support systems (OSS) for managing large-scale WiFi hotspot and hotzone networks.
More about WiFi Downtown Pittsburgh
WiFi Downtown Pittsburgh will provide wireless access to the Central Business District/Golden Triangle, North Shore and Lower Hill District. In addition to its wireless Downtown component, WiFi Downtown Pittsburgh will provide municipal benefits, including four secured mobile command units for City of Pittsburgh public safety use, and will address digital divide issues by providing complimentary connections in partnership with Wireless Neighborhoods, an alliance of community and faith organizations committed to support children’s education, promote economic development and address other social barriers.
WiFi Pittsburgh was funded by Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Colcom Foundation, Grable Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, Hillman Foundation, Laurel Foundation, McCune Foundation, Mellon Financial Corporation and Richard King Mellon Foundation.
For more information on WiFi Downtown Pittsburgh, visit www.downtownpittsburgh.com
About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a dynamic, non-profit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP strives to create a positive Downtown experience for residents, workers and visitors alike. The PDP’s strategic initiatives include clean and safe, transportation, housing and economic development and advocacy.
About US Wireless Online
US Wireless Online owns and operates one of the nation’s largest wireless Internet broadband networks with significant coverage areas in Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Pennsylvania. The Company provides commercial wireless Internet access and related applications and services in the rapidly growing wireless broadband industry. US Wireless Online is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky and more information can be found at www.uswo.net
About iPass Inc.
iPass helps enterprises unify the management of remote and mobile connectivity and devices. With iPass software and services, customers can create easy-to-use broadband solutions for their mobile workers, home offices, and branch and retail locations, complete with device management, security validation, and unified billing. iPass offerings are powered by its leading global virtual network, on-demand management platform, and award-winning client software. Hundreds of Global 2000 companies rely on iPass services, including General Motors, Nokia, and Reuters. Founded in 1996, iPass is headquartered in Redwood Shores, Calif., with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.ipass.com