More and more smartphones are ending up in the hands of Americans, and with those new devices come added stresses on wireless networks. Seattle startup Centri, which plans to launch its technology next week, has scored $1.6 million in funding from members of the Alliance of Angels and others.

Vaughan Emery declined to disclose the new investors who participated in the round. Directors in the company include Dan Rosen, Merril Dean, Eric Kolstad, Wayne Wisehart, Rob Strickland and Christopher Oates.

Prior to Centri, Emery founded mForce Mobile and served as CEO of Flytrap Security. The company’s engineering team is led by Mike Mackey, a former engineering director at Nuance Communications (SnapIN) and Amdocs (Qpass).

Based in Pioneer Square, Centri’s technology is designed to boost the performance of wireless networks while reducing costs of the carriers.

Previously on GeekWire: Chart: The best (and worst) wireless carriers in Seattle

 

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