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Secure Wireless For Carnival Cruise Liner

Aruba Networks : 14 September, 2010  (Application Story)
The Azura cruise ship has been fitted out with high performance secure network providing Wi-Fi access on board to passengers and crew
Secure Wireless For Carnival Cruise Liner
Aruba Networks has announced that Carnival UK has deployed Aruba's high performance 802.11n wireless solutions at its new Southampton UK headquarters and on P&O Cruises newest and most stylish cruise ship, Azura, launched in April 2010. Pervasive Networks, an Aruba Platinum Partner, deployed and supports the 802.11n networks.

"Cruise ships present an altogether unique set of challenges for Wi-Fi, and it would be an understatement to say that a ship's all steel construction makes for a hostile wireless environment," said David Binks, IT Infrastructure Manager at Carnival UK. "Once a ship has sailed we can't afford to have wireless problems, so the Wi-Fi network needs to automatically adapt itself to local conditions no matter how challenging they may be. The great thing about the Aruba wireless LAN - it just works, whether it's in our Southampton office or sailing around a far-flung continent. Aruba's 802.11n solution proved its mettle on the Azura, and we are pleased to say that the latest Cunard liner, Queen Elizabeth, will also use Aruba when she launches later this year."

Wi-Fi performance on Aruba's 802.11n network is enhanced by the Adaptive Radio Management (ARM) and spectrum analyser technology which are integrated into the Aruba 802.11n access points. ARM uses infrastructure-based controls to optimise network and client performance in real-time. RF band and channel adjustments, power output levels, access point load balancing, airtime allocation, and interference mitigation are dynamically adjusted to ensure that latency-sensitive data, telemetry, voice and video applications have sufficient network resources to operate reliably. Spectrum analysis provides visibility into sources of interference, classifying the source and providing real-time analysis of its impact. Working together, ARM and spectrum analysis close the gap between the theoretical performance of Wi-Fi clients and what is achieved in real world deployments.

The Wi-Fi network has made a marked difference to the crew on-board Azura. Many cruise ships have limited Internet access in crew areas because of the cost and difficulty of running network cabling, Azura's crew has 802.11n wireless access throughout the crew area.

"Wireless connectivity is no longer just a convenience but has become a necessity for staff, and visitors to the office and passengers on our ships," continued Binks. "We chose Aruba for our headquarters facility because its flexible system architecture and enterprise-class security accommodated our high client density and guest access requirements. Already half of our 1200-member staff in Southampton access our systems using the Aruba Wi-Fi because it's always there, always available and supports the way that they work day to day in our new open plan environment."

Carnival is trialling Aruba's Virtual Branch Networks (VBN) solution to extend the corporate network to remote staff. Using compact, low-cost Remote Access Points (RAPs), the network can be extended to virtually any remote location with enterprise-class security and plug-and-play simplicity. Ideal for teleworkers and ship's crew stationed at temporary offices while in port, VBN provides an 'at the office' experience to users working from anywhere.
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