is providing the University of Tsukuba’s
students an improved research environment thanks to its wireless mesh network solution. The University of Tsukuba, one of Japan's major national universities, is creating a “hotzone” to provide anywhere-anytime communications for students and faculty.
The wireless mesh network will cover a 230,000 m2 area of the campus and enable outdoor broadband wireless access to the public Internet and the university network. Students and faculty will be able to use laptops and handheld computing devices to access online and university resources as well as applications such as wireless VoIP.
In-building wireless access for colleges, dormitories and other facilities is planned as part of future network expansion. Nortel (News
) business partner Marubeni Solutions Corp.
is handling network implementation.
“Being selected to deploy our first university campus wireless mesh network in Japan at such a prestigious institution as Tsukuba is a significant milestone in enhancing the educational experience for students in this country,” said Nick Vreugdenhil, president, Japan, Nortel.
Vreugdenhil continued: “Our solution makes wireless access simple and is ideal for universities. It offers students, faculty and other authorized users a highly flexible, scalable and secure wireless environment, indoors and outdoors, while providing the university with a more cost-effective platform for continuing evolution of eEducation services.”
Nortel's Wireless Mesh Network solution uses wireless links to connect access points installed inside or outside to provide secure, seamless access to wireless broadband services. This solution allows enterprises, such as universities, to install wireless LANs in areas where it is difficult or cost- prohibitive to run cables. This innovative approach is designed to reduce the complexity and cost of deploying a traditional wireless LAN.
The University of Tsukuba will deploy 24 Nortel Wireless Access Point 7220 links to provide secure, seamless campus-wide outdoor access to wireless broadband services, with indoor access enabled by Nortel's Wireless Access Point 7215 units in the next phase of deployment. Security for the University’s wireless communications is designed into the network by installing Wireless Gateway 7250 units to control the area between access points.
Because the solution uses IEEE 802.11 standards, users with WiFi (News
) enabled laptops or handheld computing devices will be able to access the university network or Internet without new hardware or software.
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