American University of Sharjah rolls out Ruckus Wi-Fi network

New infrastructure supports 6,000 students and hundreds of faculty and staff members

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American University of Sharjah rolls out Ruckus Wi-Fi network Hockaday: Fast and dependable wireless access is now a fundamental necessity
By  Tom Paye Published  December 11, 2014

The American University of Sharjah (AUS) has deployed Ruckus Wireless Smart Wi-Fi products for a campus-wide wireless infrastructure development, designed to provide high-speed Wi-Fi to thousands of users.

In partnership with Fiber Optic Supplies and Services (FOSS), more than 1,400 dual-band Ruckus ZoneFlex indoor and outdoor access points were deployed at the university. The access points span the 200-acre campus, covering high-traffic areas such as the student refectory, lecture halls, student dorms and outdoor green spaces, Ruckus said in a statement.

The new infrastructure supports 6,000 students and hundreds of faculty and staff members. According to Ruckus, FOSS provided the design, testing and implementation for AUS’s deployment.

Prior to this project, AUS had deployed Wi-Fi in select administrative buildings. But by early 2012, due to an increase in the number of Wi-Fi-enabled mobile devices used by students, the deployment of a more robust Wi-Fi network had become imperative.

AUS conducted an 18-month proof of concept trial of various Wi-Fi technologies that included cloud-based and controller-based (on-premise) products. The trials were undertaken in three- to four-week testing periods within live environments, after which AUS selected the Ruckus ZoneFlex Smart Wi-Fi products.

According to AUS, Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi provided the lowest total cost of ownership over competitive alternatives, and was selected due to its ability to extend signal coverage and strength, thereby delivering higher data rates to users. 

AUS now has in place a unified indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi network that can be remotely managed from a single point through redundant Ruckus ZoneDirector controllers. Since deploying the wireless network, AUS says it has experienced a 46% reduction in fault calls.

“Deploying Wi-Fi on such a large scale required a unique solution that would not only be cost-effective but also deliver best-in-class performance to help us transform the educational experience. The Ruckus ZoneFlex system was the ideal solution for AUS to deliver a 21st century educational experience,” said Leo de Sousa, former IT director for AUS.

“Fast and dependable wireless access is now a fundamental necessity in delivering a 21st century educational experience for staff and students alike,” said Roger Hockaday, EMEA director of marketing for Ruckus Wireless.

“The torrid growth of smart mobile devices, online applications and digital curriculum have placed new capacity demands on Wi-Fi infrastructure that require carrier-class solutions designed to deliver pervasive performance. With Ruckus, FOSS and AUS have designed a world-class Wi-Fi solution to deal with these challenges, and one that will be viewed as a benchmark for other higher education institutions both in and out of the region.”

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