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Unna School District Deploys 802.11n Networks from Aruba and Akcay-Schwarz Consulting as Part of Innovative Unit21 Program

Virtual Educational Campus Destination Will Serve The District’s 10,000 Students

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 9:10 pm PST

Dateline:

SUNNYVALE, Calif.

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NASDAQ:
ARUN
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN), a global leader in 802.11n wireless LANs and secure mobility solutions, and Akcay-Schwarz Consulting, a leading provider of e-learning solutions in Germany and Central Europe, today announced that the Unna School District in Germany’s Ruhr Valley has deployed 802.11n wireless networks across the first five of its 21 schools as part of the district’s innovative Unit21 project. Unit21 is a virtual educational campus destination for the district’s 10,000 students, each of whom will be provided with a laptop computer supported by 802.11n Wi-Fi access, network security and content filtering, and a service data center. The 802.11n wireless networks deliver an average of 280Mbps, allowing teachers and students to utilize the most modern e-learning applications. The wireless networks will ultimately be deployed across all 21 of the district’s schools, and were installed and are managed by Aruba partner Akcay-Schwarz Consulting.

According to Uwe Kornatz, head of the Unna School District, Akcay-Schwarz Consulting’s Managed Learning™ system, “currently serves over 2,000 laptops equipped with wireless interfaces. The new Aruba high-speed 802.11n wireless network extends across the campuses of five district schools, and provides pervasive indoor and outdoor wireless coverage to link students with the Unit21 data center.”

The benefits of combining pervasive 802.11n wireless coverage with a sophisticated e-learning solution are many. “A high speed wireless network removes many of the obstacles to implementing a Managed Learning system,” said Hans Ruthmann, head of the Gesamtschule Königsborn secondary school. “Our teachers are no longer limited to accessing e-learning systems from one or two specific locations and this provides them with a much more flexible working environment. The solution from Akcay-Schwarz Consulting and Aruba allows the teachers to concentrate fully on their teaching and removes a major administrative burden.”

“e-Learning involves much more than simply connecting computers to the Internet,” said Juergen Schwarz, managing director of Akcay-Schwarz Consulting. “With this solution, the teacher has complete control over the working environment of the student, from laptop to printer, and is even able to take control of the laptop if necessary. It is also easy to ensure that the latest security and anti-virus updates are applied to all users connected to the network, greatly improving network security. Aruba’s AirWave Wireless Management Suite continuously monitors the network and offers detailed insights into the status of every laptop and access point. The result is a highly secure, very reliable learning resource for teachers and students alike.”

To ensure reliable 802.11n wireless operation, even in the presence of other nearby or legacy 802.11abg networks, Aruba’s Adaptive Radio Management (ARM) technology uses infrastructure-based controls to optimize the real-time performance of Wi-Fi devices. By controlling how Wi-Fi devices interact, ARM ensures that data, voice, and video applications have sufficient network resources, including airtime, to operate properly. The benefits of using ARM are especially noticeable in high-density deployments like classrooms and lecture halls.

“Unna schools have a user density that far exceeds the norm found even in large enterprises, with up to 1,300 laptops used within a radius of just 200 meters,” said Frank Vossmoeller, Aruba’s sales manager for Northern Germany. “This is far beyond the capacity of many enterprise wireless LANs, not to mention consumer-grade wireless gear. Providing reliable Wi-Fi connectivity to such a high density of laptops requires the very sophisticated, field-proven radio management techniques found in our ARM technology. The result is wire-like performance and rock-solid stability – the very characteristics needed for a successful e-learning program. Aruba’ 802.11n networks provide a solid foundation on which the Unit 21 services can be delivered and managed.”

About Aruba Networks

People move. Networks must follow. Aruba securely delivers networks to users, wherever they work or roam, using a combination of award-winning solutions:

  • Adaptive 802.11n Wi-Fi networks optimize themselves to ensure that users are always within reach of mission-critical information. Rightsizing expensive wired LANs by replacing them with high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi reduces both capital and operating expenses;
  • Identity-based security assigns access policies to users, enforcing those policies whenever and wherever a network is accessed;
  • Remote networking solutions for branch offices, fixed telecommuters, and satellite facilities ensures uninterrupted remote access to applications;
  • Multi-vendor network management provides a single point of control while managing both legacy and new wireless networks from Aruba and its competitors.

The cost, convenience, and security benefits of our secure mobility solutions are fundamentally changing how and where we work. Listed on the NASDAQ and Russell 2000® Index, Aruba is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter, Facebook, or the Green Island News Blog.

About Akcay-Schwarz Consulting

For more than 17 years Akcay-Schwarz Consulting has been a full-service provider of knowledge and information management solutions for VoIP, video conferencing, virtual classrooms and content management applications. Today, more than 500,000 people use the different on-line education portals delivered by Akcay-Schwarz.

© 2010 Aruba Networks, Inc. AirWave®, Aruba Networks®, Aruba Mobility Management System®, Bluescanner, For Wireless That Works®, Mobile Edge Architecture, People Move. Networks Must Follow., The All-Wireless Workplace Is Now Open For Business, RFprotect, Green Island, and The Mobile Edge Company® are trademarks of Aruba Networks, Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contact:

Aruba Networks, EMEA.
Roger Hockaday, +44 7760 174056
rhockaday@arubanetworks.com
or
Aruba Networks, Inc.
Michael Tennefoss, +1-408-754-8034
mtennefoss@arubanetworks.com
or
Breakaway Communications
Patty Oien, +1-415-358-2482
poien@breakawaycom.com
or
Akcay Schwarz Consulting
Jürgen Schwarz, + 49 (0) 69 50 500 520
Juergen.schwarz@a-s-consulting.de