Spacenet Chosen by Boston Market to Deploy Advanced Satellite and Hybrid Network

MCLEAN, VA--Spacenet announce that it has signed a contract to provide an upgraded satellite and hybrid data network to over 500 Boston Market restaurant locations across the United States. The new network combines both common carrier and satellite technologies to ensure business continuity. Boston Market Corporation, based in Golden, CO is a leader in the fast-casual restaurant category.

Boston Market is implementing an innovative hybrid VSAT and DSL/EV-DO/Cable network, with DSL/EV-DO/Cable being used for primary applications and VSAT being used for network backup and multicasting applications including software distribution. Satellite networks combined with wireline and wireless services provide cost-effective redundant communications and a diverse network path to protect against network downtime. Spacenet is upgrading Boston Market’s existing VSAT network to the SkyEdge VSAT platform for faster speeds and advanced functionality.

The hybrid network supports improved performance for Boston Market’s web-based restaurant and back-office applications including supply distribution, payroll and HR software, Customer Relationship Management systems, catering, and business intelligence. The network also supports fast credit/debit card authorization, high-speed Internet access and POS polling.

In addition, Boston Market locations will be equipped with the Spacenet Prysm networking platform, which is PCI Data Security Standard Level 1 compliant. Prysm provides support for retail/restaurant applications, POS hardware interfaces, enhanced security and backup connectivity and can be used for a wide variety of other network management and application services such as firewalling/security, content delivery and VSAT network acceleration. Boston Market will utilize Prysm for automatic switch over between the primary broadband and VSAT backup network, and for VPN capabilities to enable secure communications between Boston Market restaurants and corporate offices.