MainGate saves resources with simple deployment and cloud management
Boise, ID — Feb. 1, 2017 — Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-based network solutions for connecting people, places, and things over wired and wireless broadband, announced today MainGate is using Cradlepoint network solutions to ensure reliable, flexible connectivity corporate network access for the mobile retail merchandise units it operates at venues throughout the U.S. MainGate serves organizations and events including the Super Bowl, NFL, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins. NCAA, NBA, National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), Dodge, Chevy, Harley-Davidson, and more.
MainGate cannot afford to lose access to Point-of-Sale (POS) or secure pop-up networks. This multifaceted merchandising and marketing company implemented 4G LTE wireless Internet through Cradlepoint’s AER1600 advanced edge routing platforms, which allowed MainGate to reduce IT man-hours and headaches, and cut its data costs by 50 percent per device.
MainGate takes its merchandise trailers, kiosks, and mobile retail stores all over the U.S., setting up temporary retail locations at events throughout the year. Given the immediacy of these events, constant connectivity is essential.
“During an event, we only have a window of days and/or hours to sell our event-specific merchandise. If we have any service interruption, it could be devastating for our business success,” said Dan O’Reilly, IT support supervisor at MainGate. Besides steady connectivity for credit card transactions, MainGate also must have strong WiFi coverage and VPN capabilities so staff can access the network at headquarters wherever and whenever.
With the Cradlepoint AER1600 and cellular-based broadband, MainGate relies on cellular connectivity even at events with multiples merchandise locations and dozens of POS devices. This solution also enables simple setup and deployment, robust WiFi, secure access to the corporate network, flexibility for pop-up networking, and considerable cost savings.
“Because our services are needed everywhere from big cities and small towns to outdoor areas and hotel lobbies, we need Internet access that is instant, highly available, and doesn’t drop off,” said Mark Higdon, marketing director at MainGate. “Cradlepoint solutions have been even more reliable than we imagined. We have a lot of different events throughout the year, and the Cradlepoints go everywhere with us.”
“Today organizations are looking to reduce network complexity and Internet downtime — as well as increase business agility and workforce mobility. This need is perhaps even more acute for a company such as MainGate, which is constantly on the move,” said Ian Pennell, chief marketing officer, Cradlepoint. “Constant WAN access through Cradlepoint solutions helps this unique enterprise focus less on troubleshooting and more on serving its wide variety of customers.”
Cradlepoint is the global leader in cloud-based network solutions for connecting people, places, and things over wired and wireless broadband. Cradlepoint NetCloud is a software and services platform that extends the company’s 4G LTE-enabled multi-function routers and ruggedized M2M/IoT gateways with cloud-based management and software-defined network services. With Cradlepoint, customers can leverage the speed and economics of wired and wireless Internet broadband for branch, failover, mobile, and IoT networks while maintaining end-to-end visibility, security, and control. More than 15,000 enterprise and government organizations around the world — including 75 percent of the world’s top retailers, 50 percent of the Fortune 100, and 25 of the largest U.S. cities — rely on Cradlepoint to keep critical sites, workforces, vehicles, and devices always connected and protected. Major service providers use Cradlepoint network solutions as the foundation for innovative managed service offerings. Founded in 2006, Cradlepoint is a privately held company headquartered in Boise, Idaho, with development centers in Silicon Valley and Kelowna, Canada, and offices in the UK, Australia, and Japan. Learn more at cradlepoint.com or follow us on Twitter @cradlepoint.