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Skyjack is going head-to-head with wireless data providers by launching its own Wi-Fi network, SKYfi. The company aims to use its platforms in the field by equipping them with a Wi-Fi hub, making SKYfi virtually limitless.

For the past five years, Skyjack has automatically equipped a discrete Wi-Fi chip into its machines. With a critical mass of machines now loaded with the chips, the company can activate the network. By adding the optional SKYfi hub, any Skyjack machine equipped with the chip will be Wi-Fi enhanced, with cell phone docks and speaker-enabled communication for technical support.

“The SKYfi network is a way for us to give something back and it’s really only possible because our customers have such large numbers in the field,” said Skyjack President Brad Boehler.

Users will simply use their mobile devices to search for SKYfi and then purchase airtime; the approach is similar to how one uses Wi-Fi in a hotel. However, unlike other systems that are tied to one location, the mobile nature of Skyjack’s platforms enhances the ability to connect from platform the platform using a daisy-chain network.

By using SKYfi, Skyjack said, the user has increased flexibility and can connect on-the-go as additional platforms come into range. The signal is available in the open, as opposed to being restricted by property lines.

Those interested in SKYfi services can login to www.skyjack.com/skyfi to create an account and, when prompted, enter the initial password: Loof Lirpa. The preliminary password expires one week from April 1. 

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