School District Incorporates Wi-Fi Into Learning

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<p><strong>Sunnyvale, Calif. &mdash; Nov. 11</strong><br />Aruba Networks Inc., a global provider of wireless LANs and secure mobility solutions, announced that the Tamalpais Union High School District in Marin County, Calif., has deployed Aruba&#39;s Wi-Fi networks across all of the district&#39;s campuses. The district wanted to provide ubiquitous and secure wireless to merge technology into the day-to-day classroom experience and eliminate stand-alone computer labs. <br /><br />Following a request for proposal, Aruba was selected for the project based on its competitive pricing, integrated security and easy-to-use network management. “Offering wireless access in every classroom affords teachers with the opportunity to use laptops and wireless devices in novel ways,” said Joel Hames, the Tamalpais Union High School District&#39;s senior director of information technology. <br /><br />”To accomplish this we needed to provide ubiquitous wireless access with integrated security to preserve network integrity and privacy. Our previous wireless efforts were ad-hoc, at best, with staff members bringing wireless access points as needed to solve specific access issues. We selected Aruba because the platform offered a comprehensive suite of tools for managing and maintaining our wireless network. The management user interface, myriad options for access control and authentication and the fantastic references all convinced us that Aruba&#39;s solution was far superior to the others we were considering.” <br /><br />The district&#39;s installation included three MMC-6000 Multi-Service Mobility Controllers, 175 access points and the AirWave Management Platform. All classrooms and common areas have Wi-Fi access. Aruba&#39;s security system identified and eliminated dozens of rogue access points, while the AirWave system centrally manages and monitors the secure internal network and the guest network for use by non-district users. <br /><br />Aruba&#39;s mobility solutions securely deliver networks to users by integrating adaptive wireless LANs, identity-based security, voice over Wi-Fi solutions and multi-vendor network management into a cohesive, high-performance system. By automatically adjusting the Wi-Fi network to accommodate user behavior, interference and nearby networks, Aruba simplifies wireless LAN setup and operation. <br /><br />”Many school districts are deploying mobile computer carts and handheld devices together with interactive learning applications for anytime/anywhere learning,” said Robert Fenstermacher, Aruba&#39;s head of education marketing. </p><p>”Making the most of these mobile teaching resources requires pervasive and reliable wireless access. School systems, like the Tamalpais Union High School District, increasingly turn to Aruba for wireless solutions because our networks offer both the best value and best-in-class performance.”<br /></p>

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