Integration is key in today's business environment. More businesses are consolidating to offer end-to-end solutions to individual and business customers, and the competition is getting stiffer as global players enter national and local markets looking for new opportunities. The latest partnership involves AirTight Networks (News - Alert), provider of the next generation of intelligent edge, secure, and flexible WLAN solutions for enterprises, and Mako Networks, a network-management company specializing in small site security, health record access and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI (News - Alert) DSS) compliance solutions.
The partnership was announced at the annual Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) North American Community Meeting. With this agreement they will be able to deliver a cloud-managed Wi-Fi, analytics, and PCI DSS compliance solutions with a mutual agreement that will bring together Mako’s network management system and AirTight’s Wi-Fi technology.
The cloud management platform will provide Wi-Fi retail analytics, end-to-end Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance, and a state of the art cloud management system for distributed enterprises.
The AirTight Wi-Fi solution gives organizations analytics to gain insight into how the audience engages with a product or service being offered to them. This includes anonymous presence statistics such as footfall and dwell times and their daily, weekly or monthly trends as well as data collected by opt-in users with profile information such as age, gender and other data.
Some of the key features of AirTight Wi-Fi solutions include:
- Guest Wi-Fi access with customizable captive portal and walled garden with content filtering and built-in firewall;
- Traffic shaping for managing bandwidth allocation per SSID;
- Secure BYOD -- device fingerprinting and onboarding.
The solution Mako provides gives businesses PCI DSS compliance with a pre-configured compliance template to payment networks, plus a world-class security platform to ensure compliance is achieved at all times.
The partnership is going to allow the products each company offers to be available in their international portfolios, so partners and customers can obtain them from both companies. However, this doesn't include hardware and licensing, which will be handled separately by each organization.
"This partnership agreement represents two best-of-breed solutions coming together to offer customers the opportunity to protect their networks and enhance guest services,” said David King (News
), chairman and CEO of AirTight Networks. “Since our first engagement, Mako has been an obvious choice for us as an equally committed partner to making it easy for distributed enterprises to effectively manage their network. Their customer-centric approach makes them a great partner with the right vision."
Edited by Rory J. Thompson