Belfast Institute deploys wireless network for online learning


Belfast Institute deploys wireless network for online learning

Antony Savvas

The Belfast Institute, the largest provider of further and higher education and training in Northern Ireland, is deploying a Cisco Unified Wireless Network around its central campus to provide secure online learning access.

The wireless network also supports advanced mobility services, including location services, guest services and advanced security services. Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology will also be used to protect expensive equipment, all of which can be centrally monitored.

The centralised management system also allows for the real-time identification and containment of rogue access points.

The wireless network is an extension of the institute's wired Cisco network. Cisco wireless security technology is designed to help ensure that any wireless-enabled device that attempts to connect to the network will have to adhere to the institute's security policies prior to access.

The required security software will be verified or downloaded via the wireless network. The Belfast Institute will also be able to use the Cisco wireless network to offer wireless access - entirely separate from the main wireless network - to visitors.

The Cisco Unified Wireless Network at the Belfast Institute will be built using Cisco Aironet access points and the Cisco Wireless Location Appliance. It will be implemented by BT.

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