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Trapeze Networks Helps University Become 100% Wireless

Thu, 06/24/2010 - 9:37am
Trapeze Networks today announced Kean University, Union, New Jersey, the state’s fastest growing university, has standardized on Trapeze Networks wireless networking controllers, access points and management software solutions for a complete 100% wireless computing environment.

Trapeze Networks solutions give seamless and reliable wireless connectivity to Kean University’s entire campus including two new residence halls and the newly-constructed facility for the New Jersey Center for Science, Technology and Mathematics Education (NJCSTME). Supporting the 15,051 students, the wireless network covers Kean University’s 150-acre campus, including 40 buildings and all the outdoor space on the campus.

Trapeze President Dhrupad Trivedi said, “Trapeze Networks applauds Kean University for its ability to cultivate a campus where communications are easy. Trapeze’s end-to-end line of wireless infrastructure solutions gives Kean University highly-manageable, secure and full-featured wireless connectivity supporting the most current applications and an increasing student population.”

Trapeze Wireless LAN Technology Instrumental in Shaping Students’ Education

“Kean is a metropolitan, comprehensive, interactive, teaching university with a campus dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in higher education,” said President of Kean University, Dr. Dawood Farahi. “Kean has a vision to use technology to enrich the student experience. The new Trapeze Networks wireless network extends connectivity to all our users, wherever they are on campus – 100% of the time – making our vision a reality.”

The robust wireless LAN expansion is the backbone of the university’s initiative to better connect with students to help them succeed both academically and socially. Providing for the growing number of users and applications, the Trapeze Networks wireless network scales to support the 15,000 students with all the security features required by educational institutions. System-wide configuration changes and network monitoring from one central system are realized with Trapeze Networks’ central management capabilities in its thin AP model. Also, the solutions’ dynamic RF features help eliminate any interference on the network.

Kean University’s IT department relies on Johnston Communications, North Arlington, NJ, for the installation, service and support of the Trapeze Networks wireless network. Mr. Martin Slouka, Network Consultant, Johnston Communications, said, “Kean University and Johnston Communications teamed together to define the network strategy and deploy the equipment. We were happy we selected the Trapeze product portfolio not only because it is easy to configure and manage, but the robustness of the wireless network exceeds the level expected from Kean students, faculty and staff. ”

Students Count on Reliable Wireless Connectivity Everywhere on Campus

Trapeze Networks’ wireless networking solutions delivers seamless and reliable all-wireless connectivity to students, faculty, staff and the community through Kean Mobile. Included in Kean Mobile are access to the university directory application, university maps, course and professor lookup, way finding, communication of news and events, and mobile offerings for online courses. With seamless roaming capabilities in Trapeze Network wireless solutions, users can now roam throughout the campus, whether indoor or out, and maintain access to the network.

Kean’s New Facility and Residence Halls, Complete with Trapeze Wireless

New Jersey Center for Science, Technology & Mathematics (NJCSTM) at Kean University, is a new world-class learning center for all students including those enrolled in graduate and post graduate studies. Voice, video and data wireless capabilities are all supported through the Trapeze Networks wireless infrastructure as part of the center’s initiative to deploy the most advanced technology possible to better facilitate and support its advanced educational and scientific community programs. There are 900 students now occupying two new residence halls on campus with the wireless LAN supporting up to 700 simultaneous wireless users without any performance degradation.

To be finished within the next year, Kean University will transition from 802.11a/b/g to 802.11n using the existing Trapeze infrastructure equipment. Many additional wireless applications will then be available, including wireless security cameras, location-based services (including point-of-sale services such as food vending in the sports stands) and certification for interoperability for security card readers, security cameras, handheld POS readers, IP phones and walkie-talkies.

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