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Leisure centre installs secure wireless LAN

Aruba Networks : 21 October, 2009  (Application Story)
Renowned Manor House and Leisure facility employs Aruba Networks to deliver wireless connectivity to sports enthusiasts
Aruba Networks, a supplier of 802.11n wireless LANs and secure mobility solutions, has announced that Sport England's National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey has deployed an Aruba wireless network to deliver wireless connectivity to organisations based at Bisham Abbey. The network also provides a hotspot service available to members of the leisure centre, and top athletes who train at the centre. The wireless network is operated by Leisure Connection, and was installed by Aruba partner Converge Networks.

"The Bisham Abbey site consists of a wide variety of buildings, including a manor house dating back to 1260, and we needed a solution that would be flexible and reliable no matter where it was installed," said Jeremy Smith, IT Manager at Leisure Connection. "We act as a service provider to the different organisations on the campus, and consequently needed a solution that would be flexible enough to accommodate a wide variety of applications, reliable for the users, and most importantly, would work first time. Aruba's solution does exactly that."

Leisure Connection is the leading outsourced facility management company for local authorities in the UK, and operates The National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey on behalf of Sport England. A number of national sports organisations are headquartered at the site and use the wireless network as part of the managed service. Athletes, visiting sports teams and members of the public also use the wireless network, which extends across the campus from the modern leisure facility to a manor house once widely visited by the kings and queens of England.

"It was clear to us that flexibility and reliability were paramount," continued Smith. "A refurbishment and partial rebuild of the leisure centre allowed us to put in place a modern wired - wireless infrastructure. We don't have that luxury in the manor house, so there we have deployed Aruba's mesh wireless. It uses the same access points that we use elsewhere, is managed in exactly the same way, but did not require us to run cabling through a listed ancient monument."

To deliver a best-in-class wireless experience, Aruba's Adaptive Radio Management (ARM) technology automates site surveys and uses infrastructure-based controls to optimise the performance of Wi-Fi clients in real-time. Aruba's secure enterprise mesh technology acts as an extension to an existing network, and is ideal for both indoor and outdoor environments that are difficult to wire. Using one common infrastructure for both indoor and outdoor applications eliminates the need for two separately managed systems.

'Modern wireless networks are simple to implement, very secure, and easy to manage,' said Bob Vickers, sales director of Aruba UK and Ireland. "Although installations can vary greatly, automatic management of the ever-changing RF environment and centralised management make set-up and operation easy. Leisure Connection's use of Aruba in both a modern leisure centre and a thirteenth century manor house on the same campus demonstrates the versatility of Aruba's solution. "
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