Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, today announced that Goddard Public Schools, a K-12 school district in Goddard, Kansas, has deployed a unified wired and wireless access network based on Aruba’s Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture, as well as Aruba’s ClearPass Access Management System for secure provisioning of mobile devices on the network. The forward-thinking district deployed Aruba’s wireless infrastructure and wired access switches, replacing their existing Cisco equipment, to enable a progressive, district-wide Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) initiative for Goddard’s 765 faculty and staff and 5,500 students.
Despite a lack of existing models for K-12 BYOD initiatives, Goddard Public Schools included BYOD as a key concept in the three-year plan it submitted to the state of Kansas. The district’s forward-thinking proposal was to enable staff, faculty and students to use a combination of district-issued and personal mobile devices, with a primary goal of offering more technology-centered learning that integrates the devices into the classroom, and a long-term goal of cost savings.
Working with partner AT&T, Goddard began with a pilot deployment in April 2012. Based on the success of that initial deployment, the district quickly “ripped and replaced” all of its existing Cisco wireless equipment with Aruba’s wireless infrastructure including Aruba AP-135 and AP-105 access points, mobility controllers, the AirWave Network Management System and ClearPass Access Management System. In addition, Goddard moved wireless from its Cisco switches at the access layer and added Aruba S2500 switches. Goddard also plans to use Aruba’s AirGroup capability to make it easy for classrooms to use AppleTV devices and Apple AirPrint across the network. The new unified wired and wireless network covers the district’s twelve schools, five support and administrative buildings, a separate facility that educates at-risk students and the high schools’ gymnasiums, softball fields and football stadiums.