Thames Valley deploys wireless network with Alcatel Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent will secure and centrally manage wireless local area networks (WLANs) at all three of Thames Valley University's campuses to provide students and staff with public internet access from anywhere on the sites.

Alcatel-Lucent will secure and centrally manage wireless local area networks (WLANs) at all three of Thames Valley University's campuses to provide students and staff with public internet access from anywhere on the sites.

Once the networks are deployed, students and staff will be merely required to complete a quick and easy registration form to connect personal laptops or desktop PCs to the university network and have access to shared documents, such as lecture notes.

Thames Valley University was previously unwilling to deploy wireless networks across its campuses as it was concerned that unauthorised personnel would be able to gain access to university resources.

But by combining Alcatel-Lucent's wireless networking technology with network access controls from Bradford Networks, the university can ensure that only approved users and devices can gain network access.

The first two phases of the deployment have been completed at TVU's Ealing and Slough campuses. The university's Reading campus sites will be the next locations to benefit from the wireless networks technology.

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