ULCC pilot shows wireless network benefits

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ULCC pilot shows wireless network benefits

Karl Flinders

The University of London Computer Centre (ULCC) is considering rolling out a wireless service across its 20 institutions after a successful pilot.

The university has been trialling Aruba Networks wireless systems at two sites since October last year, after finding that it was running out of fixed network access points to offer its students in certain locations.

Following the trial more than three-quarters of students polled said it had been successful.

Although the pilots - at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the Warburg Institute - were originally planned to provide internet access to students, Lee Jeff, IT strategy officer at the ULCC, said they had also benefited administrative staff.

The ULCC worked with system integrator Vanix to implement the system and link it with back-office systems. Security was a key challenge.

"We chose the Aruba system because it can split traffic. Staff can be authorised via their Windows Active Directory log-on, which gives them access to university documents with restrictions, while students gain more limited access via a library card," said Jeff.

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