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University of Western Sydney Deploys Multi-Campus Wireless Network With Nortel

  • 11 July, 2007 09:49

<p>SYDNEY, Australia – The University of Western Sydney has deployed an AU$2.3 million wireless network using solutions from Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] and its implementation partner Optus.</p>
<p>Funded by the Australian Federal Government’s Capital Development Program, the network provides secure wireless connectivity across the University’s six campuses in Greater Western Sydney. The network also allows for access by thousands of visiting international university staff and students as part of the EduRoam initiative. EduRoam, founded in the Netherlands, allows researchers from universities all over the world to login to participating networks globally with their usual username and password to access resources at their home institution.</p>
<p>“A few years ago we started looking at various options for connecting our different campuses and student body to a central, easily-accessible network infrastructure beyond what we could offer from our various fixed-location computer labs and libraries,” says Michael Houlahan, director of Information Technology, University of Western Sydney. “We applied – and received – Federal Government funding for the project, and went to a tender that saw several leading vendors make our supplier shortlist.”</p>
<p>“The challenge for us was to find a way to extend our network access without compromising on security, and to make it simple for staff and students to access the network using their own wireless devices,” says Houlahan. “Having reviewed a similar design at Perth’s Edith Cowan University, the solution from Nortel and Optus proved best suited to the task, and was also the most competitive price-wise, which is always a consideration in budget-sensitive environments like universities.”</p>
<p>“Universities are often on the front-line of innovation when it comes to information-sharing and network access and that has again proven the case with this groundbreaking wireless project,” says Mark Fioretto, general manager, Enterprise Solutions, Australia and New Zealand, Nortel.</p>
<p>“To meet the University’s security requirements without complicating access to the network we used the intelligent authentication architecture inherent to Nortel’s networking solutions that allows users to connect their own wireless devices without compromising security,” says Fioretto. “This gives students the flexibility they need to access the network anywhere, anytime, assuming they have the proper credentials, and gives the University peace of mind against rogue access.”</p>
<p>Nortel’s solution includes Wireless LAN 2300-series adaptive products – including 450 access points – for indoor connections, Wireless LAN 7200-series products as part of the Nortel Wireless Mesh Solution for outdoor roaming, and Nortel’s VPN Router 3050, an SSL/IPSec gateway with built-in network access control.</p>
<p>“We ran a pilot program at our Hawkesbury campus in mid-2006 that included access points covering the common teaching areas, lecture rooms, libraries and open spaces with a combination of indoor wireless LAN and outdoor wireless mesh networking,” says Houlahan. “The pilot co-incidentally addressed a request for easier network access by resident students that lived some distance from the computer labs on campus, and residents at our other campuses can now expect similar connectivity through the wireless network.</p>
<p>“While wireless won’t supplant our wired infrastructure, it will go a long way to ensuring every one of our staff and students can conveniently connect to our network and the Internet quickly, easily and securely, and access the resources they need without delay,” Houlahan concludes.</p>
<p>About Nortel</p>
<p>Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that make the promise of Business Made Simple a reality for our customers. Our next-generation technologies, for both service provider and enterprise networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications. Nortel’s technologies are designed to help eliminate today's barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people to the information they need, when they need it. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries around the world. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news.</p>
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