Airpath Announces Wireless Metro Platform

By Carol Ellison  |  Posted 2005-05-02 Print this article Print

At the Digital Cities conference in Philadelphia, Airpath Wireless rolls out an open host platform for metro-scale broadband wireless deployments.

Airpath Wireless is rolling out a new host platform for metro-scale broadband wireless deployments. The platform, called RoamBOSS Metro, promises a carrier-class open OSS (Operational Support System) with roaming and clearinghouse capabilities that will help mobile professionals easily connect and reconcile billing charges as they move from one metro area to another. The product is one of several expected to be announced at the Digital Cities conference in Philadelphia, where vendors and advocates of municipal Wi-Fi projects are meeting.
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Officials of Waltham, Mass.-based Airpath Wireless Inc. said RoamBOSS is designed to meet the standards in RFPs (requests for proposal) being advanced by cities such as Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Atlanta and others that have undertaken the construction of metropolitan-area networks. The open platform is designed to enable Internet access to the public as it separates and secures communications among city departments and employees and permits visitors from other areas who subscribe to different service providers to connect back to their services from the metro network. RoamBOSS uses a model similar to cellular telephone networks, in which a single network operator provides users with open access to other networks. Bryan Thompson, president of RedMoon Inc., a citywide Wi-Fi systems developer, called that capability a "must-have" in metro environments. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.
Carol Ellison is editor of's Mobile & Wireless Topic Center. She has authored whitepapers on wireless computing (two on network security–,Securing Wi-Fi Wireless Networks with Today's Technologies, Wi-Fi Protected Access: Strong, Standards-based Interoperable Security for Today's Wi-Fi Networks, and Wi-Fi Public Access: Enabling the future with public wireless networks.

Ms. Ellison served in senior and executive editorial positions for Ziff Davis Media and CMP Media. As an executive editor at Ziff Davis Media, she launched the networking track of The IT Insider Series, a newsletter/conference/Web site offering targeted to chief information officers and corporate directors of information technology. As senior editor at CMP Media's VARBusiness, she launched the Web site, VARBusiness University, an online professional resource center for value-added resellers of information technology.

Ms. Ellison has chaired numerous industry panels and has been quoted as a networking and educational technology expert in The New York Times, Newsday, The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio's All Things Considered, CNN Headline News, WNBC and CNN/FN, as well as local and regional Comcast and Cablevision reports. Her articles have appeared in most major hi-tech publications and numerous newspapers and magazines, including The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor.

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