Boingo expands work with AWS, highlights O’Hare project

Boingo Wireless announced an expanded collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), and it’s pointing to a new offering at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) as a prime example of their work together.

AWS edge and cloud services are now integrated within Boingo’s converged network offering and can be implemented with distributed antennas systems (DAS), Wi-Fi and private network deployments, according to Boingo. Airports, stadiums, manufacturing, healthcare facilities and other large enterprises are prime candidates for their combined expertise.

At O’Hare, Boingo recently launched a new private network using Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum. The private cellular solution connects IoT devices at the airport and powers essential airport services.

According to Boingo, O’Hare activated a virtual customer service center at its Traveler’s Aid Station that required a dedicated wireless network to facilitate communications between passengers at the airport and remote support staff.

Boingo manages the converged DAS and Wi-Fi network at the airport, so it was able to quickly design and deploy a cloud-based private network for an on-site kiosk where high-quality video calls are made. The network was engineered with AWS to securely host video distribution data.

“The Boingo Private Network gives Chicago O’Hare a connectivity platform that delivers crisp, clear video calls while avoiding congestion with our public wireless networks,” said Diego Ferrer, managing deputy commissioner and chief information officer at Chicago Department of Aviation, in a statement. “Boingo seamlessly integrated the private network into our existing infrastructure and keeps our airport operations cutting-edge with AWS cloud services.”

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O’Hare is undergoing a $8.5 billion expansion and modernization project, serving the current and future needs of travelers. Use cases include touchless engagement, security, asset tracking and more.

“Boingo is at the center of digital transformation in the enterprise and public sector,” said Michael J. Zeto III, senior VP of global strategy and emerging businesses at Boingo, in a statement. “We work with world class organizations like O’Hare and AWS to enable fully connected environments and open the door for innovation. Our private network at ORD removes barriers to instantly connect travelers, improve operational efficiencies and deliver a better passenger experience.”