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SMU partners Aruba Networks to boost its network infrastructure

Zafirah Salim | Sept. 15, 2014
The new infrastructure delivers an enhanced high-performance, campus-wide wireless mobility experience to support e-learning and increasing mobility demands.

Aruba Networks, Inc announced today (September 15, 2014) that Singapore Management University (SMU) has adopted its Aruba Mobility-Defined Networks architecture to enhance its wireless network to support wireless access for up to 99 percent of its entire city campus.

According to the networking provider's media statement, the new infrastructure delivers an enhanced high-performance, campus-wide wireless mobility experience to support e-learning and increasing mobility demands. In addition, it also supports capabilities such as video streaming and document sharing, to complex research and stimulations.

Besides this, SMU has also deployed Aruba's ClearPass Management System for policy management and guest access. The network connectivity and access control allow SMU's IT team to easily authenticate user profiles and apply network policies across user devices and applications. ClearPass also allows SMU to prevent unauthorised network access and ensure that end devices are compliant with network policies.

Furthermore, visitors to SMU are now able to obtain guest access to the wireless network simply through an SMS self-registration. The deployment also enabled SMU to launch "eduroam" - a secured, world-wide roaming wireless Internet access service developed for the international education community. Visiting students from "eduroam"-participating institutions can easily obtain Internet access using their own institution's ID and password, minimising the work required of SMU IT to allow access to every new visiting student.

"At SMU, a seamless wireless connection becomes a requisite as students and faculties use the wireless network extensively for learning, teaching and research. We wanted a wireless environment that will keep our students and staff connected to resources, anywhere on our vast compound. Inherent to this is the need for a network that is highly reliable and has strong security features that are easy to implement and manage," said Lau Kai Cheong, SMU's Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Integrated Information Technology Services.

 

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