The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has launched the City Wi-Fi Roaming project. The initiative allows residents and visitors of major cities, including New York, San Francisco, San Jose, and Singapore, to automatically and securely roam between public WiFi networks throughout August and September.
The City Wi-Fi Roaming project sees dedicated participation from 20 operators offering free Wi-Fi access to people in major cities across the world, whilst 90 organizations are supporting the broader Word Wi-Fi Day initiative. Roaming hubs are provided by Accuris Networks, BSG Wireless and Syniverse as well as a captive portal and Wi-Fi AAA / Hotspot 2.0 OSU solutions platform provided by GlobalReach.
The free seamless Wi-Fi Roaming service is based on Next Generation Hotspot (NGH), Passpoint Technology based on Hotspot 2.0 Specifications, for extra security and a better user experience. There are over 1,000 hotspots in total with 228 in downtown San Francisco, 500 across San Jose at San Jose airport, downtown and at the Congress Centre, 200 LinkNYC Kiosks in New York and 290 on selected MRT stations and the Sentosa Island in Singapore which is visited by 15 million people per year.