|Wi-Fi Alliance Launches Wi-Fi ZONE Finder(tm) Portal Program|
Posted: 20-Mar-2004 [Source: Wi-Fi Alliance]
[New Wi-Fi ZONE Finder(tm) Portal Program to launch March 29th offering online visitors access to the Wi-Fi ZONE Finder directory of public hotspot locations using Wi-Fi certified equipment.]
Mountain View, Calif. -- The Wi-Fi Alliance announced today that it is launching a new Web portal program on March 29th to promote public awareness and use of Wi-Fi ZONE(tm) hot spots around the globe. Partners that join this free program will be able to offer online visitors access to the official Wi-Fi ZONE Finder directory of public hotspot locations that use Wi-Fi CERTIFIED equipment. This program's goals are to improve the user experience and provide program partners with an easy way to offer Wi-Fi ZONE location information to their sites' visitors. The Wi-Fi ZONE program is a rapidly-growing program with over 9,000 Wi-Fi ZONE locations in more than 66 countries.
The ZONE Finder Web portal will allow visitors on participating Web sites to search for Wi-Fi ZONE public access locations. The popularity of Wi-Fi can help the participating Web sites generate additional Internet traffic and revenue. A wide range of organizations are expected to benefit from participating in the portal program including companies in the travel, hospitality and restaurant industries, as well as online magazines, to name a few.
All locations in this search engine are based on Wi-Fi CERTIFIED equipment to help customers identify locations committed to a quality connectivity experience. For more information regarding the Wi-Fi ZONE portal partner program or to sign up, visit www.wi-fizone.org/ZONE_partners.
"Interoperability between different vendors' Wi-Fi products is particularly important in the public access environment where users do not know which vendors' wireless LAN products are being used," said Wi-Fi Alliance Managing Director, Frank Hanzlik. "The Wi-Fi ZONE Finder portal program helps customers easily find locations that are using Wi-Fi CERTIFIED equipment. This improves the connectivity experience by assuring that the wireless connection will work. This is an exciting opportunity for program participants to benefit from an official affiliation with the Wi-Fi Alliance, capitalize on Wi-Fi's popularity and show support for a quality connectivity experience," Hanzlik added.
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