Devicescape

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Devicescape
Private
Industry Mobile, Software
Founded June 2001 (as Instant802 Networks)
Headquarters San Francisco, California
Key people

David Fraser, CEO

John Gordon, CTO
Products Mobile Software
Website www.devicescape.com www.popwifi.com

Devicescape develops software for wireless networking, based on the IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi standard and other network protocols. Founded in 2001 as Instant802 Networks, the company was renamed in January 2005. Devicescape is a venture backed private company.

Devicescape provides embedded software for wireless client devices, and a range of services which assist devices in connecting to Wi-Fi networks.

Corporate history[edit]

Instant802 Networks was founded in the end of 2000 by Eduardo de-Castro and Roy Petruschka, in San-Francisco. Simon Barber had joined as a third founder a few months after company incorporation. In 2004 the company began development of packaged software products, including security for emerging devices and complete access point packages. The software was used in devices ranging from LCD projectors, televisions and digital video recorders to PDAs and SOHO access points.[1] The company also provided software for the Wi-Fi Alliance test bed.[2]

Dave Fraser had joined as CEO in 2004, and in 2005 the company was renamed Devicescape Software. It continued to develop additional client security products.[3] In 2006, Devicescape exited the access point business by licensing its Wireless Infrastructure Platform technology to LVL7,[4] which was subsequently sold to Broadcom.[5]

In 2007, Devicescape introduced Devicescape Connect, a client-server system which allowed embedded devices to automatically authenticate against any number of public Wi-Fi networks. The company released a variety of consumer applications for PCs and smartphones under the Devicescape Easy Wi-Fi brand. In 2009, Devicescape consolidated its consumer offerings on easywifi.com and launched the Easy WiFi Network.[6]

In 2010, Devicescape noted the rapid emergence of free public Wi-Fi and began utilizing their automated authentication technology in order to assemble a virtual Wi-Fi network. The company applied server-based analysis to curate Wi-Fi networks discovered by the various client applications in use so that networks could be assessed for the quality, location, sharing status and other factors. The company referred to this as a "Curated Virtual Network" or CVN and positioned this as a mechanism for offloading traffic from cellular networks. Late in 2010, MetroPCS (now T-Mobile) became the first major announced customer for the CVN.[7] Devicescape announced growth of their CVN from 300,000 access points to over 20 million between 2010 and 2014.

From 2011 through 2014, Devicescape announced several additional US mobile operator customers, including US Cellular[8] and Cricket Wireless,[9] as well as some Wi-Fi centric operators such as Republic Wireless.[10] In 2012, Devicescape expanded the CVN into Europe and subsequently announced an agreement with Virgin Media (UK) in 2014.[11]

In March 2016, Devicescape announced Liberty Global as their first major customer in Europe.[12]

Products and services[edit]

Devicescape licenses software and operates its services for service providers, device makers, and application makers. Devicescape provides the following:[13]

  • Devicescape Curator Client (automated hotspot authentication and provisioning system)
  • Devicescape Network (curated virtual hotspot network)
  • SoftGPS (location service over Wi-Fi)
  • Devicescape Security (supplicant with Wi-Fi Protected Setup and CCX, supported by dB Performance[14])

The company also provides iOS[15] and Android[16] mobile applications directly to consumers from time to time through direct download, or via the Apple App Store and Google Play.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SHARP'S GALILEO IS FIRST PVR TO USE WIFI". Digital Trends. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Instant802(TM) Networks Selected for Wi-Fi Alliance Certification Test Bed". PRNewswire. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Devicescape Launches Secure Wireless Client 1.0". BusinessWire. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Devicescape and LVL7 Collaborate on Breakthrough Unified Access Point for WLAN Switch Networks". BusinessWire. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Broadcom Completes Acquisition of LVL7 Systems, Inc.". PRNewswire. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Devicescape's Easy WiFi Network Now Available on Android and Nokia Phones". MarketWired. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Devicescape helps MetroPCS offload data traffic to Wi-Fi networks". VentureBeat. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  8. ^ "U.S. CELLULAR LAUNCHES FREE "WI-FI NOW" APP". US Cellular. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Cricket connects its smartphones to Devicescape's growing Wi-Fi network". Gigaom. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Republic Wireless, DeviceScape Pair Up for Free Wi-Fi". PCMag. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Virgin Media Agrees Curated Wi-Fi Deal With Devicescape". silicon. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Liberty Global extends Devicescape wifi partnership across Europe". telecoms.com. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Company Overview of Devicescape Software, Inc.". Bloomberg. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Devicescape and dB Performance sign reseller/support agreement". Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Devicescape Easy WiFi". CNET.com. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  16. ^ "DataSaver (for Android)". PCMag. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 

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