Designed to allow developers to embed mobile connectivity into their applications, iPass has introduced iPass developer programme. In this first phase of the programme, the iPass SmartConnect Software Development Kit (SDK) provides the tools to easily integrate iPass technologies and services into Android and iOS devices and applications.
The developer programme and the SDK provides enterprises, operators and device manufacturers with access to the patented technology that allows smart, simple, secure and always-on wireless connectivity in their own mobile applications or IoT devices. With this technology, partners may also choose to access the world’s largest global WiFi network of more than 50M hotspots in more than 120 countries.
Through the iPass SmartConnect SDK, developers access the APIs unlocking iPass core technologies to activate, authenticate, intelligently connect and create custom interfaces for presenting and selecting WiFi networks. iPass SmartConnect is building the world’s first quality of service (QoS) database for WiFi networks, both inside and outside of the iPass network. This technology enables iPass to make smart network connection decisions for its customers, by automatically connecting users to its global network to the best WiFi hotspot for their usage needs on any WiFi enabled device.
“iPass has a 20 year history of connecting its customers to the information that matters the most, and a rich intellectual property portfolio reflecting this heritage,” said Gary Griffiths, President and CEO of iPass. “The launch of our SDK may be remembered as the most exciting chapter in this story - the key building block in our goal to be embedded on one billion devices by the end of next year. Our new developer programme unlocks our technology to the endless creativity of our partners and customers.”
Embedding global mobile connectivity is well suited for a variety of use cases. The iPass SmartConnect SDK allows developers to bring to market cost effective alternatives to cellular, or to bolster existing hospitality, airline, IOT and retail loyalty apps, while providing access to data that will lead to nearly unlimited opportunities.
Griffiths added, “Ultimately, our SDK will increase the value of a broad swath of mobile applications, as developers anywhere can incorporate our global WiFi connectivity solution, while still maintaining control over their brands and technology platforms.”