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British Council in KSA selects Aerohive WLAN

British Council's education centre in Jeddah now connected with Aerohive wireless LAN solutions

British Council in KSA selects Aerohive WLAN
The British Council has connected its Jeddah Education Centre with Aerohive wireless solutions.

The British Council has selected Aerohive wireless LAN solutions to connect its education centre in Saudi Arabia.

All the classrooms in the Jeddah education centre have been connected with Aerohive AP120 access points, and the organisation is also using a number of management applications. The WLAN is intended to support students and teachers for bring-your-own-device initiatives, and to improve delivery of education applications.

Aerohive partner SystemRapid deployed the network, which provides secure wireless throughout the centre. The British Council said that it selected Aerohive because of its controller-less architecture and cloud-based centralised management. In addition, its linear pricing model means any number of Aerohive AccessPoints (APs) can be added as and when needed.

Aerohive's HiveManager Online Network Management System is enabling the IT department to manage and control network and user access from the cloud - using many automated tools - from a single location. The user profiling function means that the team can now easily authorise access for guests, students and staff according to their specific needs, without any added management overheads.

"We required a flexible WLAN solution that was scalable enough to accommodate all of our educational needs and we soon recognised the potential benefits of a centrally managed network. Aerohive's linear pricing model was also a factor in our decision to choose Aerohive - having the flexibility to add APs as and when we need them wasn't an option with controller based solutions from other market leaders like Cisco," explains Adil Mohammed, IT manager, British Council, Saudi Arabia.

The British Council is also using Aerohive's Bonjour Gateway to manage and control Apple service availability, such as AirPlay, AirPrint and collaboration applications, and TeacherView app, which allows a teacher to see what is happening on all of student laptops during lessons.

"As more employees and students bring their consumer devices onto the campus, BYOD is becoming a critical movement that IT administrators must support; and as iPads have become a more prevalent learning tool in our classrooms, controlling and giving the devices uninterrupted access to the internet is key to succeeding in our vision," Mohammed added.

"As one our key clients in the region, it was important to carefully match the technology and solution which best suited their needs. With controller-less architecture, innovative features, simple installation and management, Aerohive Networks AP's were the obvious choice," said Sajid Saleh Hafesjee, senior technical consultant, SystemRapid, Saudi Arabia.

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