Al Murooj Rotana receives wireless network overhaul from Aruba

The project is expected to greatly improve wi-fi access and usage, as well as introduce additional guest services.

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Al Murooj Rotana receives wireless network overhaul from Aruba Renju Ramanadhan, cluster director of IT, Al Murooj Rotana and Al Bustan Rotana, Dubai.
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  July 13, 2016

Al Murooj Rotana, a five-star property based in Downtown Dubai, has reportedly revamped its wireless infrastructure. Working in close collaboration with Aruba, a Hewlett Packard enterprise company, the project has improved Wi-Fi satisfaction by 15%.

Additionally, the project has also seen the introduction of new services, which includes paid premium connections with higher speeds, tablet check-ins, and iPad menus at the hotel's restaurants.

Commenting on the project, Renju Ramanadhan, cluster director of IT, Al Murooj Rotana and Al Bustan Rotana, Dubai, shared: "With 900 to 1000 guests using the network on an average day, we began to see noticeable performance issues. Further, as guests increasingly utilised video and multimedia rich applications, both the speed and security of the network were brought into question."

The implementation was conducted in two phases, the first steps comprising of the deployment of Aruba 7200 series mobility controller and 450 Access Points to the apartment tower.

The second phase, which was instigated a year-and-a-half later, saw the installation of 750 Aps, as well as the introduction of two Aruba 802.11ac product offerings- Aruba AP205H and the outdoor AP275 access points.

Biju Abraham, director Networking & Security solutions at CADD Emirates, "Implementing a wireless network in an operational hotel was the biggest challenge during the project planning.

"We deployed a team of highly experienced engineers and technicians who worked very closely with the IT, engineering & housekeeping teams to make this project run smoothly, while ensuring there is no inconvenience to the guests and users."

 

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