SAN FRANCISCO & OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), November 04, 2013 - Mako Networks and Sprint (NYSE:S, news, filings) have today announced a teaming agreement to add the Mako System to Sprint’s portfolio of solutions for retailers and distributed enterprises. U.S. customers can now purchase Mako’s solution integrated with Sprint’s wireless service to connect, protect, control and secure their data and payment transactions.
The Mako System creates simple, secure Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant networks for distributed enterprises (multisite businesses), such as retail chains or franchises. With an easy-to-use cloud-based Central Management System (CMS), Mako allows administrators to manage the network connections at thousands of sites through a single Web interface, without jeopardizing their networks’ PCI-compliant status. The solution also includes built-in Wi-Fi and Mako Guardian content filtering and reporting, in addition to an array of other value-added features, including extensive 24x7 monitoring and alerts to help maintain network security.
Mako also offers a secondary Internet connection or ‘failover’ option, which switches a business’s Internet connection to Sprint’s fast and reliable wireless network if the fixed-line connection is disrupted. This backup option allows businesses to maintain a non-stop retail environment. Under the agreement with Sprint, customers will enjoy the security and easy management of the Mako System, backed up by a reliable and affordable Sprint mobile data connection. The Mako System can also be configured to use the Sprint network as a primary means of Internet access.
In turn, Sprint’s U.S. business customer base offers a significant growth opportunity for Mako with a leading wireless and wireline services provider.
“Sprint is the perfect company for Mako to align with in bringing our solution to the distributed enterprise market here in the United States,” said Simon Gamble, Mako Networks president for North American operations. “With Sprint’s sizeable footprint in machine-to-machine solutions and world-class network, we believe that U.S. businesses will be delighted with the solution our services provide.”
Ben Vos, vice president of Emerging Solutions at Sprint, added, “Mako’s technology is leading the way in secure, PCI-compliant networking for the distributed enterprise. Our business customers will appreciate the ease of use and powerful connectivity options the Mako System provides. Sprint’s retail M2M strategy is to integrate new technology that provides the customer an omni-channel experience while delivering a valuable set of data analytics for better decision-making to the retailer.”
For more information or to purchase the Mako System with Sprint, visit www.sprint.com/m2mretail.
Sprint Network Vision
To support the growing need for data, Sprint is rolling out a new network designed to provide faster data speeds, improved quality and easier connectivity. Sprint expects customers to benefit with better wireless signal strength and fewer drops/blocks. Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in 2012 and now offers service in 230 markets. For the most up-to-date information, please visit www.sprint.com/coverage.
About Sprint Emerging & Wholesale Solutions
Sprint Emerging & Wholesale Solutions provides platform solutions serving a broad range of industries and customers in more than 165 countries. These include machine-to-machine (M2M), connected transportation and traditional wholesale. Sprint’s M2M leadership has earned prestigious third-party validation, including Connected World’s 2013 CW 100 list of the most important and influential providers of M2M services for the ninth straight year. The Sprint VelocitySM in-vehicle connected services solution received Pipeline magazine’s 2013 Innovation Award for Innovation in Connectivity, the 2013 Telematics Update Industry Newcomer of the Year Award and M2M Evolution magazine’s 2012 Product of the Year Award. According to Informa Telecoms & Media, Sprint is ranked No. 2 among the top 10 telecom operators in the worldwide automotive market. Sprint Integrated Insurance Solutions received the Frost & Sullivan 2013 North American Customer Value Enhancement Award in usage-based insurance. To learn more about Sprint M2M offerings, visit www.sprint.com/m2m and www.twitter.com/sprintM2M.
About Mako Networks
Mako Networks provides simple, secure cloud-managed PCI DSS compliant networks for small and multisite businesses. Operating internationally from offices in San Francisco, London, Melbourne and Auckland, Mako integrates cloud management and reporting, Internet and Wi-Fi connectivity, 3G failover, VPNs, firewalls, end-to-end PCI DSS certification and content filtering into one, easy-to-manage system. For more information, visit www.makonetworks.com.
Sprint (NYSE:S) offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint served more than 54 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2013 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during the last five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.