Aruba transforms college network at TAMU

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) company, has assisted Texas A&M University (TAMU) College of Engineering to expand and modernize its Zachry Engineering education complex.
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The college used Aruba’s location-ready 300 Series Access Points with built-in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons for indoor and outdoor access and location services across the Zachry Building and Engineering Quad. It also deployed Aruba 3810 Switches with SmartRate, ClearPass for policy management and AirWave for network management.

Aruba network delivered reliable, high speed connectivity and flexibility for the Zachry Building’s distinctive design and operation.

The Aruba network provides secure connectivity for all engineering students at Texas A&M College of Engineering’s main campus, as well as remote locations. IT team is using ClearPass to manage devices that students are bringing onto the network. Lab environment is using connected IoT devices.

“Tools like ClearPass are very important to us for segmenting the delivery of our services and ensuring the quality of those services to our users,” Pierson noted. “With ClearPass, we can begin to match and shape the experiences to the actual needs of the users and their particular devices.”

College of Engineering’s IT team is using the built-in beacon with an updated mobile app called “EngiNEARME” that delivers a mapping system to help students, faculty and visitors navigate within the Zachry Building.

Participants at the Aggies Invent event on September 29 will use the BLE technology in the building to invent and prototype an engaging indoor mobile experience. Participants can create apps that are not just limited to the college campus, but could be designed for a corporate campus, hospital, museum or other public venue.

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