Motorola partner, Cirrus Communications, has won a tender with Charles Sturt University (CSU) to deploy wireless Internet access and other online resources.
The $2 million network roll out is partially funded by the Federal Government and its Better University Renewal Fund.
Cirrus director, Doug Reid, said the company was approached by Motorola to apply for the tender process and then chosen to do a pilot site.
“A part of the tender process was to install 50 access points in the Bathurst campus, so CSU could see that it can do what we said it would,” Reid said. “It was nine months worth of work.”
The implementation is expected to improve the availability of learning resources and access to tools like video streaming, multimedia presentations and podcasts to CSU 11,000 plus students.
Cirrus used Motorola AP-7131 dual radio wireless access points, mesh network AP 7181, wireless LAN switches and Airdefense Services Platform.
“One of the really important pieces of the project, is the ability to defend your wireless network,” he said. “They’re becoming attractive to hackers and part of the proposal and implementation is a product called Airdefense. It's the most powerful and exciting piece of the project.”
CSU previously had a small implementation of Cisco access points, but they have now been replaced with up to 1800 access points.
“They were looking for coverage across indoor and outdoor locations, and differing levels of network performance,” he said. “When they ran the pilot they were stress testing the networks, streaming video and they were looking for the ability for students to use the latest iPads, laptops and so on.”