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|Traded as||(NASDAQ: IPAS)|
|Founded||California, United States (July 1996, as iPass Alliance)|
|Headquarters||Redwood Shores, California|
iPass, Inc. is an American company headquartered in Redwood Shores, California. iPass provides global enterprises and telecommunications carriers with cloud-based mobility management and Wi-Fi connectivity services. iPass provides a platform for enterprises and individuals to bring together the world’s commercial Wi-Fi sites into a single global network for enterprise employees and service provider subscribers. Founded in 1996 as iPass Alliance, the company was added to the NASDAQ on July 23, 2003.
The company focuses on providing connectivity to enterprise business travelers through it's partnerships with network service providers around the world.
iPass was founded in July 1996 as iPass Alliance. Its original offices were located in Mountain View, California, and its founding CEO was Chris Moore. The company originally offered a dial up connectivity infrastructure. In May, 1999, Michael Mansouri took the helm as Chairman and CEO. During Mansouri’s time, the company moved from Mountain View to its present location in Redwood Shores, California.
On October 30, 2001, Ken Denman took over as President and CEO. During his tenure, the company acquired three companies: Mobile Automation and Safe 3W in 2004, and Go Remote in 2006, during which the company added research and development facilities in Bangalore, India. On July 23, 2003, iPass had its initial public offering of 8,050,000 shares.
Evan Kaplan became President and CEO on November 3, 2008, and the company moved from supporting connectivity for laptops to the mobile market with the introduction of iPass Open Mobile. Today, the company has 350 employees globally, with offices in London, Paris, Munich, and Amsterdam in the EMEA region, and Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, and Sydney, Australia in Asia-Pacific, and a Bangalore, India research and development facility. In the United States, there is an office in Irvine, California to support the iPass Unity business unit, remote sales offices across the United States, as well as the world headquarters in Redwood Shores.
In July of 2014, iPass sold it's Managed Network business division, Unity, to Tolt Networks for $28.2 million.
After six years on the Board of Directors, Gary Griffiths took over as President and CEO on March 6, 2015. The change in leadership was immediately followed by the announcement of two new partnerships (Microsoft and Regus). In April 2015, iPass announced a new pricing model that would allow unlimited usage by employees of SME companies who wanted to purchase a specified number of licenses, solidifying a further shift toward the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business model.
Products and services
iPass Open Mobile (OME): iPass Open Mobile is a cloud-based mobility platform for the enterprise that allows enterprise customers’ business travelers to connect to the Wi-Fi hotspots in the iPass Mobile Network from smartphones, tablets, and laptops. iPass Open Mobile supports iOS, Android, and Windows 8 mobile devices, as well as Mac and Windows for laptops. Part of iPass Open Mobile is a built-in hotspot finder, which allows enterprise users to quickly identify, locate, and navigate to any of the millions of iPass hotspots globally. Business travelers can also use iPass Open Mobile to test the speed of the hotspot to which they are connected to help ensure that the connection has the appropriate speed and strength for the enterprise application they plan to use.
iPass Mobile Network: Open Mobile Exchange, (OMX) iPass partners with Wi-Fi service providers around the world to bring their commercial hotspots into the iPass network so that iPass Open Mobile subscribers can connect to these hotspots from an iPass account. This is known as “Wi-Fi roaming,” which, in the language of 3G/4G telecommunications, means the ability to use the local infrastructure to connect to the Internet away from the user’s home area on a pre-determined plan.
iPass official website: (http: www.ipass.com)