Parkland’s new wireless LAN also supports the college’s move towards more online learning. Many of the college’s instructors are moving away from textbooks and notebook materials and towards strictly online learning, asking students to use their iPads or Android devices in the classroom to access all materials and tests online. It was crucial, therefore, that the WLAN be able to keep up with the demand of entire classrooms connecting simultaneously. According to Brooks, Parkland uses Desire2Learn, an application that provides full online course interaction including course materials, communication between students and teachers, video and testing. With the new WLAN in place, Parkland is now moving towards a 100% Desire to Learn environment.When complete, Parkland’s new wireless network will include Aruba Mobility Controllers as well as a mix of AP-105, AP-134 and AP-135 access points. The college is also using Aruba’s AirWave Network Management System for maintenance and troubleshooting, and the Aruba ClearPass Access Management System to enable guest access for campus visitors. In addition, Parkland uses Aruba Remote Access Points (RAPs), one of which replaced a T1 line that was used to connect an offsite office location. The additional RAPs are used for various purposes, including extending Parkland’s secure services to home offices. Using the RAPs has allowed Parkland to maintain connectivity to remote sites at a significant cost savings. In the future, Parkland plans to use its WLAN for even more innovative applications. The college is currently working with the University of Illinois on a pilot research program to develop a graphical 911 system for college campuses. The University has developed an application that would reside on a student’s mobile device and would allow the student to quickly click for help if he or she is incapacitated or in trouble. The application would triangulate the position of the student in need, based on their proximity to access points in the network, so that security or rescue teams can quickly locate them. Parkland will see a prototype of the application in March 2013 and expects to have the application deployed by the end of the school year.
“Parkland College demonstrates how the right wireless LAN infrastructure can not only improve user satisfaction and save IT time and money, but can also lead to even more innovation on campus,” said Gerry Festa, Director, Industry Solutions Marketing, for Aruba. “Aruba is proud to play a crucial role in enabling universities and colleges like Parkland to strive for increasingly better solutions to real-world problems.”About Aruba Networks, Inc. Aruba Networks is a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise. The company’s Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture unifies wired and wireless network infrastructures into one seamless access solution for corporate headquarters, mobile business professionals, remote workers and guests. This unified approach to access networks enables IT organizations and users to securely address the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, dramatically improving productivity and lowering capital and operational costs. Listed on the NASDAQ and Russell 2000® Index, Aruba is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com. © 2012 Aruba Networks, Inc. Aruba Networks’ trademarks include the design mark for AirWave, Aruba Networks ® , Aruba Wireless Networks ® , the registered Aruba the Mobile Edge Company logo, the registered AirWave logo, Aruba Mobility Management System ® , Mobile Edge Architecture ® , People Move. Networks Must Follow ® , RFProtect ® , Green Island ® . All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.