THE BRAINS OF YOUR WI-FI SERVICE
The Aptilo SMP Wi-Fi policy control engine, in tight integration with our Wi-Fi AAA, is the “brains” of the Wi-Fi service. This is where services are defined and personalized and policies created to control which users access the Internet, their service level (QoS) and billing.
We have been working with Wi-Fi policies ever since our first deployment back in 2001. Over the years Aptilo’s Wi-Fi policy control solution evolved to also work as a standard 3GPP PCRF (Policy and Charging Rules Function) and it is still live in some large scale 3G/LTE deployments. Since then we have continued to focus on Wi-Fi as our core business. This history has given us the most powerful and advanced Wi-Fi policy control engine in the business with all the 3GPP diameter interfaces in place.
Our Wi-Fi policy control engine goes beyond a standard policy solution by adding three optional pre-integrated modules:
- A prepaid data balance module
- A policy-based IP assignment module
- A policy-based routing module
This allows us to deliver a full solution for service definition and delivery, covering all aspects of the service.
Distributed Wi-Fi policy control environment
Policies reside in many different nodes. In reality, operators have a distributed policy model. Insightful policy decisions depend also on real-time data from the production environment.
Thanks to the flexible protocol adapter concept and the Aptilo ServiceGlue™ with intelligent data lookups from external data sources, the Aptilo SMP Wi-Fi policy control engine works well in a distributed policy environment. It can lookup policies from the different distributed policy functions. Then make a new policy decision based on these policies, real-time data and its own comprehensive and dynamic policy definitions.
One example is policies for the Wi-Fi network in a mobile data offloading scenario. Many existing 3GPP PCRFs are designed for mobile networks and thus weak in the Wi-Fi arena. Why not add the Aptilo SMP Wi-Fi policy control engine as an adjunct PCRF for Wi-Fi policies? We can work in concert with your exiting policy control solutions and handle the policies for the Wi-Fi service.