Plainfield District in IL To Deploy Pervasive Wireless Network
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 in Illinois has selected Aruba Network's wireless LAN technology and identity-based security for use across the district's 28 schools. The district has 29,000 students and 3,500 faculty and staff.
"By 2020 our district will be the second-largest in Illinois after the City of Chicago, and our objective was to put in place wireless infrastructure that could meet our needs today and scale to accommodate future growth," said Russell Moore, senior network administrator. "We determined that Aruba offered the best, most scalable solution--it is simple to set-up, easy to modify, designed to support future electronic learning tools such as real-time streaming video, and provides a high level of security to protect records and ensure privacy. In addition, the Aruba network is standards-based and designed to interoperate with the wide range of wireless chipsets used in Dell and other computers in our schools. This last feature is especially important in reducing support calls and IT overhead across our large district."
Aruba's Follow-Me Security technology provides a scheme whereby identity-based security assigns access policies to users, enforcing those policies whenever and wherever a network is accessed.
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About the author: Dian Schaffhauser is a writer who covers technology and business for a number of publications. Contact her at [email protected].
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Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.