Wireless systems company, Ruckus Wireless, and ICT provider, BigAir Group (ASX:BGL), have been selected by the Western Sydney University to roll out Smart Wi-Fi across all of its campuses. The move aims to support and distribute Internet services to all staff and students.
Western Sydney University recently closed a Tender for Mobility Networking (Wi-Fi) to replace end-of-life equipment in need of upgrade. Following the tender and review of proposals from several providers, Western Sydney University selected Ruckus Wireless as its offering of choice, supported by Ruckus value added reseller, BigAir.
The solution includes new 802.11ac wave 2 wireless access points, enabling end users to take advantage of next generation Wi-Fi enhancements like multiple-user multiple input multiple output (MU-MIMO) technology.
Western Sydney University chief information and digital officer, Kerry Holling, said the Western Sydney University is a multi-campus University located in Sydney’s Greater West and it has campuses in Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, Parramatta, Penrith and Lithgow.
With more than 40,000 students studying at the University, Holling said Mobility Networking is one of the two most important and publicly visible technologies employed by the University.
“Mobility Networking, or Wi-Fi, needs to deliver far more than just coverage and connectivity for the University. It is the key enabler for delivering the leading user experience for all of our community – students, researchers, academics and staff.
“We see this engagement as a technology partnership rather than a single project, and we expect the selected solution provider will work with the University to explore further possibilities and offerings that can be delivered for the benefit of both parties,” he claimed.
Ruckus Wireless A/NZ managing director, Pat Devlin, said it is delighted to have been selected with its partner, BigAir, to provide Western Sydney University with their wireless upgrade.
“Reliable, high speed Wi-Fi is becoming critical for universities, which are challenged by the proliferation of mobile devices on campus and increasing demand for online education content. By deploying 802.11ac wave 2 access points, Western Sydney University will essentially future-proof its network and enable greater collaboration, innovation and many other online activities on campus,” he said.
BigAir Group CEO, Jason Ashton, claimed students need a fast and reliable service to tap the world’s knowledge and connect with people, and Ruckus provides such a solution.
“Partnering with Western Sydney University for this exciting project is a fantastic opportunity and we are delighted to have been selected along with Ruckus,” he added.
Ruckus Wireless and BigAir will continue to work with the University to explore further possibilities and offerings.