Purple WiFi, the cloud-based Social WiFi software company, has expanded to Australia and New Zealand.
As part of this expansion, Saurabh Madan has been appointed to the role of sales manager ANZ, reporting to Allen Pan, VP Asia Pacific, Purple WiFi. Saurabh is an experienced technology sales specialist, having held previous roles at Westcon Group, AVG Technologies and Envisian.
Purple WiFi is expanding globally following a $5m investment announced earlier this year. The investment was raised in order to accelerate product development and recruitment of a truly global sales team, which already has strongholds in Europe, Asia-Pac and the Americas.
The social WiFi offering allows users to gain free access to a public WiFi network through their existing social media accounts or a short form. The user gets access to family friendly WiFi, while the benefit to the business hosting the service (such as a restaurant, hotel, shop, museum, sports stadium or shopping mall) is valuable analytic insights into the profiles and movements of their customers and a sophisticated built-in marketing platform.
Thousands of venues globally have been secured and deep technology partnerships established, most notably with Cisco, Cisco Meraki, BT and Telstra but also many others. As a channel organisation, Purple WiFi has distribution agreements with Ingram Micro and Westcon Comstor who are the two biggest in the world, along with a number of country-specific partners.
Saurabh Madan, sales manager ANZ, Purple WiFi comments: “Having worked in the Australian technology market throughout my career, I have an excellent understanding of the sector, as well as the opportunities for Purple WiFi’s offering. I’m extremely passionate about technologies that can help organisations to grow their business and Purple WiFi’s guest WiFi and location based services have huge potential in the ANZ market for a variety of verticals.
“We live in an era where data is everything, but there has to be a mechanism to convert this data into information, which can then be used in a productive way. Purple WiFi offers a rich, technology agnostic and value-packed solution to this problem.”
Allen Pan, VP Asia Pacific, Purple WiFi, comments: “We have had an excellent start in Australia and New Zealand, working with the region’s biggest Telecoms provider and hiring smart people to deliver our services.
“Purple WiFi is designed to meet the growing user demand for fast, secure WiFi enabled spaces, with the added value of giving something back to the company that invests in the WiFi. This is a strong differentiator as it offers a tangible ROI, and is therefore welcomed by the market wherever we go in the world. Our platform now encompasses an extensive number of global social networks, and the login journey and analytics platform are localised into 21 languages ready for further expansion.”
Purple WiFi delivers a Social WiFi solution to businesses wishing to offer free WiFi to visitors. The business is provided with valuable analytical data to enable more effective marketing. Purple WiFi is cloud-based and natively integrates with most leading wireless hardware manufacturers, notably Cisco and Cisco Meraki.
The service is growing quickly with 2400 venues running across 88 countries and 2 million users. Global agreements are in place with two of the world’s biggest distributors Ingram Micro and Westcon Comstor, with an active reseller base of over 300 in 60 countries. Purple WiFi employs 40 full time staff and currently has offices in the UK, San Francisco and Shanghai with another to open soon in Singapore.
Growth is being seen in all sectors, most notably in hospitality (where people have time to spend online), retail (where footfall tracking is essential), healthcare (offering transparency around service and communication) and entire cities moving towards the Internet of Things.
Purple WiFi has also intensified its focus on the carrier market, developing a service provider portal that delivers a credible offload solution. As the offering is hardware agnostic, carriers can monetise the WiFi estate through a number of different business models. To date, four major carrier deals have been agreed where Purple WiFi is included as part of a venue WiFi package covering connectivity and hardware.