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Cirrent and AirTies aid IoT wifi provisioning

Steve Rogerson
October 26, 2017
At this week’s Broadband World Forum in Berlin, Cirrent and AirTies announced a partnership to simplify IoT wifi provisioning for connected devices.
California-based Cirrent and Turkish company AirTies have partnered to integrate Cirrent's ZipKey technology into AirTies' mesh extenders and set-top boxes, providing automatic wifi provisioning of ZipKey-enabled devices such as home security systems, printers, appliances, streaming audio and video devices, and toys.
"Consumers demand simplicity,” said Rob Conant, CEO of Cirrent. “ZipKey-enabled products from AirTies and consumer electronics companies are secure and easy to use: customers plug them in and they automatically connect to the cloud with no user intervention. This is the kind of delightful user experience that leading network service providers aspire to deliver to their subscribers."
AirTies supplies extenders, set-top boxes, apps and cloud-based performance management software that enable ISPs to provide a managed wifi mesh service for their subscribers. Cirrent provides wifi connection management for connected products, letting users easily connect products to their home wifi network automatically and securely.
Companies making connected products use Cirrent to improve the customer experience, reduce support costs and returns, and increase security. Cirrent's platform provides connected product companies with wifi onboarding, product lifecycle management and tools for on-going support.
Through Cirrent's partnerships with network operators, ZipKey products connect to the cloud automatically in more than 67 million homes. ZipKey-enabled set-top boxes and wifi extenders will make setting up a new wifi device on the mesh network simple for consumers: all they have to do is plug it in. In addition, service providers that support ZipKey will have an option to use it to provision AirTies' mesh extenders and set-top boxes.
"We are constantly looking for ways to enhance the in-home wifi experience for service providers, and that includes working with exceptional partners like Cirrent," said Philippe Alcaras, CEO of AirTies. "By partnering with Cirrent to support automatic wifi provisioning of IoT devices, we will be able to simplify installation for today's super-connected homes."
Founded in 2004, AirTies has an installed base of more than 15 million devices worldwide. Its customers include Atlantic Broadband, Frontier, Midco, Singtel, Sky, Swisscom, Vodafone and Waoo.