Agito Networks, Inc., the company delivering new technology in enterprise mobility, today announced that one of its enterprise mobile convergence customers has been named as a finalist for the Gartner Wireless & Mobile Excellence Award.
Selection of the finalists for Gartner’s Wireless & Mobile Excellence Award was determined by Gartner analysts. As a finalist, Chris Nowak, CTO of Agito Networks customer Anthony Marano Company, will present at the Gartner Wireless & Mobile Summit 2009, to be held Feb. 23 – 25 in Chicago.
Located near downtown Chicago, Anthony Marano Company serves the Midwest with fine fresh produce from its state-of-the-art distribution center. The 400,000 square foot facility contains 73 docks to receive and ship more than 1,400 types of fresh produce. With Agito’s RoamAnywhere Mobility Router, Anthony Marano Company enables continuous high-quality voice coverage for its mobile produce buyers and sellers, which need to be accessible at all times to receive and fulfill an average of 3,000 orders throughout the day.
According to Nowak, Anthony Marano Company’s large metal and concrete facility makes cellular communications impossible for the staff which is constantly on the move between produce areas, shipping docks, receiving docks, and internal and nearby offices. Accessibility is critical because the staff deals with fresh produce, a perishable commodity. A missed call could easily cost the company thousands of dollars, Nowak said.
“We are more successful and make more money when our buyers and sales staff get calls the first time around, and calls don’t land in voice mail,” said Nowak. “In addition to addressing our coverage issues, Agito delivers high-quality voice, which is critical for us because our handheld devices are the primary means of communication. RoamAnywhere’s unique seamless handoff capability is a technological leap from previous solutions we have seen and tried. Its high availability is also very important to us.”
Nowak noted that Anthony Marano Company’s previous mobile convergence solution was an Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) system, which did not integrate into the company’s Avaya Definity 8710 PBX or give mobile users the unified communications functionalities they required. In addition to Agito’s RoamAnywhere and Avaya’s PBX, Anthony Marano Company’s enterprise mobile convergence ecosystem also includes T-Mobile and AT&T cellular service, Nokia E66 and E71 Series smart phones, and Meru Networks WLAN access points.
“Agito gives us a competitive advantage because we now have the ability to respond quickly,” said Nowak. “RoamAnywhere offers us the whole package, and our users they are impressed with the voice quality, address look up synchronization, and speed of handover moving inside and out. Agito lets us be productive and mobile with the fastest seamless handover we’ve seen, unlike previous solutions we’ve had, and it provides us with excellent voice quality over WiFi. It gives us a big boost in productivity, and was easy to deploy on the administrative side.”
Agito Networks’ award-winning RoamAnywhere Mobility Router uniquely fuses WiFi, cellular, IP telephony, and location information, improving the accessibility and responsiveness of mobile workers, while drastically reducing mobile costs. RoamAnywhere mobilizes voice and unified communications for enterprises of all sizes, extending PBX and deskphone features to mobile phones. In addition, RoamAnywhere provides industry-leading handover between WiFi and cellular networks to reduce cellular costs and improve in-building coverage. Purpose-built for the enterprise, RoamAnywhere uniquely offers high availability, redundancy, security, enterprise scalability, and the industry’s broadest mobile handset and IP-PBX support. It works with all cellular network technology, and natively integrates with enterprises’ existing equipment, including WLAN infrastructure and directory stores.
“This is a distinct honor for one of our valued customers, and we are pleased to see them recognized for their efforts,” said Pejman Roshan, Agito Networks vice president of marketing and the company’s co-founder. “The industry is always interested in real-world benefits of enterprise mobile convergence solutions, and Anthony Marano Company is a good example of how organizations can improve voice coverage and increase productivity and revenue by leveraging a state-of-the-art enterprise mobile convergence solution such as RoamAnywhere.”
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About Agito Networks
Agito Networks (agitonetworks.com) is the award-winning technology leader in enterprise mobility. Its product, the RoamAnywhere Mobility Router, is an innovative enterprise fixed mobile convergence (eFMC) platform enabling enterprises to extend voice and Unified Communications to cell phones. RoamAnywhere is the first and only network appliance that fuses enterprise wireless LANs, carrier cellular networks, IP telephony and location technology to mobilize voice and data applications, while remaining agnostic to customers’ choices of carrier and equipment vendors. Agito enables low-cost in-building voice coverage, reduced cellular costs, improved enterprise visibility and control over cellular usage, and better accessibility and responsiveness for mobile workers. A Red Herring 100 winner, Agito was named a Coolest Emerging Technology Vendor by CRN. RoamAnywhere has received numerous industry awards, including earning Product of the Year honors from Unified Communications and Internet Telephony magazines, and being named one of the Top 10 Products of the Year by eWEEK. CTO Timothy Olson was also named one of the year’s Best CTOs by InfoWorld. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., the company is venture backed by Battery Ventures, Castile Ventures and ITX International.
Note: The identification of a Gartner Award winner is not an endorsement by Gartner of any vendor, product or service. Agito Networks and RoamAnywhere are trademarks of Agito Networks, Inc.