Enhanced Bus WiFi Solution Helps Support Increased Volume of Safely Connected Devices
MCLEAN, Virginia—October 4, 2017—Kajeet®, the industry leader for safe, mobile student Internet connectivity, today announces enhancements to its SmartBus™ filtered school bus WiFi solution. Improvements include updating the router from the Cradlepoint COR IBR1100 to the Cradlepoint COR IBR900, meaning faster WiFi, more connected devices (and therefore more connected students), and the ability to choose two wireless carriers and switch between networks based on coverage needs.
This is the first LTE router with “Wave 2” Gigabit WiFi, creating a faster WiFi experience for students on the school bus. The Kajeet SmartBus solution now connects more students at one time, provides stronger WiFi performance speeds, and supplies more bandwidth on multiple networks. Students can work on homework, collaborate with peers, or use digital apps on the school bus with faster, CIPA-compliant Education Broadband™.
The Kajeet SmartBus solution now includes the Cradlepoint COR IBR900 router (pictured).
According to a recent survey of school administrators by Kajeet in conjunction with School Transportation News, the opportunity for students to complete homework to and from school is a top benefit of school bus WiFi. Additional benefits include a decrease in student behavior incidents on the bus and an increase in bus driver retention.
“SmartBus improvements with faster Education Broadband provide students the quick, safe access they need to succeed,” said Kajeet CEO and Founder Daniel Neal. “Students can spend more time on task and focus on learning, without worrying about slow or unreliable connectivity on their way to and from school, athletic games, and educational events. Kajeet aims to provide the best access to connect students to their educational resources outside the classroom.”
Now partnering with four of the nation’s leading 4G LTE wireless networks, Kajeet has doubled its network partners and expanded its coverage. When surveyed, 80 percent of school administrators stated that coverage is a top need for school bus WiFi, with 69 percent desiring high-connection speed. Kajeet responded by meeting, and surpassing these requests from educators with the latest round of SmartBus improvements.
“The new COR IBR900 offers the latest generation Wave 2 Gigabit WiFi, which will provide students the fastest Internet speed on the school bus as part of a mobile solution working to close the Homework Gap,” said Tony Puopolo, vice president of North America channel sales for Cradlepoint. “This compact, ruggedized router connects the school bus to 4G LTE networks, allowing for a seamless experience for students to access the online educational tools they need, despite sitting on a moving bus.”
The COR IBR900 router includes dual SIM support, allowing school districts to use and change between two separate wireless networks. If one network is stronger than another in certain areas of the district, the router can switch to the stronger network. With the additional carriers, school districts choose the carrier – or carriers – that provide the strongest coverage in their area with the complete Kajeet Education Broadband connectivity package.
Currently providing managed and filtered school bus WiFi to over 70 districts across 31 states, Kajeet continues to extend the classroom to the school bus. As access increases, more students can connect to the tools they need to succeed.
Kajeet, the industry leader for safe, mobile student Internet connectivity, is closing the Homework Gap in school districts across the country. Kajeet provides an affordable mobile broadband solution that connects low-income students to the resources needed to complete homework. The Kajeet SmartSpot® (a portable WiFi hotspot), and the Kajeet SmartBus™ (school bus WiFi) solutions combined with the innovative Sentinel® cloud portal, enables administrators and teachers to provide CIPA-compliant, customizable filtered Internet access that keeps students focused on school work and provides mobile Internet connectivity for education without worry of data abuse. Kajeet products and services, which operates on four U.S. wireless carriers, are protected by the following issued U.S. patents: 9,237,433; 9,137,389; 9,137,386; 9,125,057; 8,995,952; 8,929,857; 8,918,080; 8,774,755; 8,774,754; 8,755,768; 8,731,517; 8,725,109; 8,712,371; 8,706,079; 8,667,559; 8,644,796; 8,639,216; 8,634,803; 8,634,802; 8,634,801; 8,630,612; 8,611,885; 8,600,348; 8,594,619; 8,588,735; 8,285,249; 8,078,140; 7,945,238; 7,899,438; 7,881,697. Other patents are pending. For more information, please visit us at kajeet.com.
Cradlepoint is the global leader in cloud-managed 4G LTE networking solutions. Cradlepoint NetCloud is a network management platform that extends the company’s 4G LTE-enabled multi-function routers and ruggedized M2M/IoT gateways with centralized management and software-defined network services. With Cradlepoint, customers leverage the speed and economics of combining wired and wireless Internet broadband for branch, mobile, and IoT networks while maintaining end-to-end visibility, security, and control. More than 17,000 enterprise and government organizations around the world — including 75 percent of the world’s top retailers, 50 percent of the Fortune 100, and 25 of the largest U.S. cities — rely on Cradlepoint to keep critical sites, workforces, vehicles, and devices always connected and protected. Major service providers use Cradlepoint network solutions as the foundation for innovative managed service offerings. Founded in 2006, Cradlepoint is a privately held company headquartered in Boise, Idaho, with development centers in Silicon Valley and Kelowna, Canada, and offices in the UK, Australia, and Japan. Learn more at cradlepoint.com or follow us on Twitter @cradlepoint.