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Malaysian school uses Ruckus Wi-Fi 'virtualisation' to deliver equal opportunity

AvantiKumar | Aug. 6, 2013
By using Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi solutions, more than 12,000 students can access high-cost specialist educational tools, says Sunway Education Group.

Louis Au - Vice President for Asia Pacific, Ruckus Wireless modified 

Photo - Louis Au - Vice President for Asia Pacific, Ruckus Wireless

Data traffic increase

"The response from our student population of 12,000 at that time was overwhelming with data traffic increasing 70 percent after the launch of iLab," said Sunway's Tan. "Our network now handles as much as 750 GB of data daily, equivalent to 64 MB per student."

"Density was a major concern," he said. "Students typically assemble in groups and access Wi-Fi together. This environment is especially more challenging in study areas where there are even larger numbers of students concentrated at any given time. During peak hours such as lunch breaks and examination seasons, thousands of users in libraries and other common areas are accessing the wireless network concurrently."

Ruckus's Au, said, "Ruckus BeamFlex smart antenna technology is designed to solve problems caused by high-density environments, where smart mobile devices that constantly change their location and orientation can degrade performance of other Wi-Fi products that cannot adapt to such changes. Our technology has the ability to increase signal gain, mitigate RF interference and allow each access point to adapt to the changing nature of Wi-Fi signals from each connected mobile device."

"With such a large base of users, the security of the Wi-Fi network is also a major concern for the college," he said, adding that Ruckus client fingerprinting technology allows the IT Services department to identify all devices and different operating systems connecting to the Wi-Fi system, allowing them to track usage and improve their network's bandwidth management capability.

"We are impressed by the ease of management of the whole Wi-Fi system with a single controller," added Sunway's Tan. "We are able to determine which mobile devices/platforms are preferred by students. The controller also allows us to allocate bandwidth based on various user groups. In instances when one user group would require greater bandwidth, we could configure instantly."

The Sunway Education Group comprises universities, colleges, a professional accounting qualification provider, an international school, an institute of culinary arts and a training centre offering postgraduate, undergraduate, pre-university, diploma, Canadian secondary school curriculum, professional and other training programmes.


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