It was one of the features that Apple did not comment on in the WWDC keynote, but it did show it in a presentation slide that it used to show what was new in iOS 7: the HotSpot 2.0 technology .
This feature is based on the Passpoint project of the Wi-Fi Alliance and seeks to automate connections to certified access points in a fast and secure way . The idea is that the device connects automatically to certain access points, without the need for any type of interaction by the user.
HotSpot 2.0, a system to facilitate connection to certain WiFi networks
This type of technology is especially aimed at telephone companies that have WiFi networks spread over different areas. Thanks to it, they could get their customers to connect to them when they are available and ” download ” so part of the transfer that their mobile phone antennas have to support. Given that mobile connection speeds are increasingly high, using automatic WiFi networks ” ” in certain areas could be a significant cost saving for the telephone company and if they install good WiFi networks could be an improvement in service for the customer .
For the technology to work properly, both ends must be compatible with the protocol. This means that both smartphone (or other device) manufacturers and service providers have to be part of the program. Once this requirement is met, providers can configure their HotSpot 2.0 WiFi networks to only allow connection under certain circumstances , such as the device having a unique registered identifier such as a SIM card or the MAC address of the WiFi card.
Appleinsider says that at the moment this technology is still being tested with the participation of 30 telecommunications operators. The final deployment of this technology is scheduled for the end of this year (at least in the USA). This means that Apple still has time to release devices compatible with this technology , since at the moment only the operating system is compatible (and it is still in beta phase), the hardware part is missing.
Will we see something like this in the rest of the world? Will the telephone operators adopt it? We don’t know, but it would certainly be more than interesting.
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