HICKORY – CommScope, a global technology network company, is partnering with Google to help bring what the companies say is fast and secure WiFi to public areas such as malls and grocery stores while limiting cellular dead zones.

This week, Google’s in-house incubator, Area 120, debuted Orion WiFi, described as “a platform designed to bring private, secure roaming for consumers while helping public venues solve cellular dead zones and monetize their networks,” according to the press release.

CommScope announced that its RUCKUS SmartZone network controller would support Google’s Orion WiFi. RUCKUS SmartZone works with Hotspot 2.0, allowing devices to detect a WiFI network and connect automatically.

“Carrier WiFi offload in public venues can be frustrating for consumers and even more so for venue managers and owners as they negotiate rates and try to solve roaming costs between operators,” Pramod Badjate, CommScope’s SVP for the RUCKUS business, said in a statement.

The release is available here.

This story is from the North Carolina Business News Wire, a service of UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism