Open-source toolkit enables public Wi-Fi on handsets - Embedded.com

Open-source toolkit enables public Wi-Fi on handsets

Boingo Wireless' Embedded Wi-Fi Toolkit is an open-source software package that lets developers integrate Wi-Fi connection management into any Wi-Fi hot spot—including the more than 45,000 public hot spots that are part of the Boingo Roaming System—into small form factor devices such as dual-mode phones, VoIP handsets, mobile gaming consoles, and other portable devices.

The Embedded Wi-Fi Toolkit and supporting documentation are now available at http://boingowifitool.sourceforge.net in Brew, Linux, Windows Mobile 2003, and Windows Mobile 5 versions. Additional documentation and test tools are available at www.boingo.com/embedded

The Boingo embedded software is designed for service providers, OEMs, ODMs, and Wi-Fi chip-set makers. The Wi-Fi toolkit enables detection, association, and authentication to public Wi-Fi signals, and incorporates power-saving logic for recognizing known signals to minimize unnecessary connections that waste battery power. It employs a modular architecture to simplify porting and adapting to the manufacturer’s application needs. The software provides a cost-effective alternative to cellular data networks in handsets and other mobile devices, allowing operators and MVNOs to optimize cost and performance efficiencies. More information about Boingo is available at www.boingo.com.

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