Aruba Networks to supply WLAN to Dysart School District

Aruba Networks today announced that Dysart Unified School District in Maricopa County, Ariz., has selected Aruba for its district-wide wireless LAN deployment and upgrade.

The district has implemented Aruba’s wireless solutions in four high schools and five elementary schools.

Dysart is leveraging district-owned laptops, student- and teacher-owned mobile devices, Google Apps, videoconferencing and other tools to create an engaging classroom environment, said Aruba Networks.

The district also plans to use the wireless network for online testing and expanding its video surveillance system. The deployment of a robust wireless LAN was essential to meet all of these objectives and advance the district’s technology vision.

John Andrews, CIO, Dysart Unified School District, said: “With the introduction of Bring Your Own Device, we had the daily concern of students not being able to connect because of limitations in our legacy wireless network. After implementing Aruba WLAN, our students and teachers are using technology more than ever.”

Aruba Networks to supply WLAN to Dysart School District

The district found Aruba’s solution to be a better match for its needs and budget than its incumbent vendor, Cisco.

In addition to Aruba access points and Mobility Controllers, the district is utilizing the AirWave Network Management System for comprehensive network optimization and theClearPass Access Management System for policy management and guest access.

AirWave helps the district manage the user experience through visibility into which devices are accessing the network, how much bandwidth is being consumed and other important metrics. ClearPass enables end-to-end device management through granular policy enforcement across mobile users, devices and apps coupled with scalable and secure guest access.

Dysart Unified School District is committed to providing seamless wireless coverage to support ever-increasing numbers of student-owned devices, and has plans to implement Aruba 802.11ac technology as it continues to expand its wireless LAN into additional schools.

The district also has a vision for wireless that goes beyond its 26 sites to potentially include Wi-Fi in its 150 school buses that serve a 140-square-mile area. This initiative would provide secure Internet access for thousands of students who spend up to three hours traveling to and from school each day.

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