Ruckus Wireless Deploys Smarter Wi-Fi at American University of Sharjah (AUS)
Thousands of Students and Staff Now Enjoy High Speed Wireless Access Across Huge Campus, Enhancing the Educational Experience and Streamlining University Operations
SUNNYVALE, CA and SHARJAH, AE – December, 2014 – Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) announced that American University of Sharjah (AUS), one of the premier universities in the Middle East and MENA region, has selected Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi products and technology for a massive campus-wide wireless infrastructure deployment that brings high-speed, reliable Wi-Fi connectivity to thousands of students and staff.
In partnership with Fiber Optic Supplies & Services (FOSS), one of the leading network infrastructure solution providers in the region, more than 1,400 dual band Ruckus ZoneFlex™ indoor and outdoor Smart Wi-Fi access points (APs) have now been deployed, spanning the massive 200 acre AUS campus, covering high traffic areas such as the student refectory, lecture halls, student dormitories and outdoor green spaces.
The new Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi network infrastructure supports over 6,000 students and hundreds of faculty and staff, providing high-density wireless connectivity, pervasive performance and carrier-grade reliability essential to supporting online examinations and multimedia applications. FOSS provided all the design, planning, testing and implementation for the AUS next-generation Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi infrastructure.
Prior to embarking on this project, AUS had deployed Wi-Fi in select administrative buildings. But by early 2012, due to a dramatic increase in the number of Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices used by a growing student population at AUS, the deployment of a more robust Wi-Fi network across the campus quickly became a strategic imperative.
To identify the best solution, AUS conducted an extensive 18-month proof of concept trial of various Wi-Fi technologies that included cloud-based (so-called ‘controller-less’) and controller-based (on-premises) products. The trials were undertaken in three to four week testing periods within live environments, after which AUS selected Ruckus ZoneFlex Smart Wi-Fi products and technology as the solution for its campus-wide network infrastructure.
According to AUS, Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi provided the lowest total cost of ownership over competitive alternatives and was selected due to its unique ability to extend signal coverage and strength, thereby delivering higher data rates to users. With Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi infrastructure, AUS now has in place a unified indoor/outdoor Wi-Fi network that can be remotely managed from a single point through redundant Ruckus ZoneDirector™ controllers. Results have been impressive. Since deploying its Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi network infrastructure, AUS has experienced a dramatic 46% reduction in fault calls, as problems associated with students in AUS dorms who previously connected to the University’s wired network have been effectively neutralized.
“Deploying Wi-Fi on such a large scale required a unique solution that would not only be cost-effective but also deliver best-in-class performance to help us transform the educational experience. The Ruckus ZoneFlex system was the ideal solution for AUS to deliver a 21st century educational experience,” said Leo de Sousa, former IT Director for American University of Sharjah.
“Fast and dependable wireless access is now a fundamental necessity in delivering a 21st century educational experience for staff and students alike,” said Roger Hockaday, EMEA director of Marketing for Ruckus Wireless. “The torrid growth of smart mobile devices, online applications and digital curriculum have placed new capacity demands on Wi-Fi infrastructure that require carrier-class solutions designed to deliver pervasive performance. With Ruckus, FOSS and AUS have designed a world-class Wi-Fi solution to deal with these challenges, and one that will be viewed as a benchmark for other higher education institutions both in and out of the region.”
Sharjah has become one of the most important learning centers in the Middle East thanks to the foresight of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah and President of American University of Sharjah. Located in a beautiful 127-hectare campus in University City, American University of Sharjah (AUS) was founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi. AUS is an independent, not-for-profit, coeducational institution of higher education formed on the American model.
Considered a leading university in the Middle East, AUS has a truly multicultural campus with a student body of over 6,000 students comprising more than 90 nationalities. It offers 26 majors and 52 minors at the undergraduate level and 14 master’s degrees through its four academic divisions, namely the College of Architecture, Art and Design; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Engineering; and the School of Business Administration.
FOSS has been operating in the Middle East since 1999. In this time we have developed a deep understanding of the region and have witnessed many of the significant developments that have taken place within the communications and telecommunications sectors; indeed we have been a contributor to many of them. Our current Middle East organization comprises 150 full time employees. We have offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai – UAE (FOSS UAE), in Doha – Qatar (FOSS Qatar) and Jeddah – Saudi Arabia (COMSOL Saudi Arabia). FOSS supplies a wide spectrum of network infrastructure solutions that include full design and installation services. Our customers range from telecommunication service operators to large enterprises, utilities, and defense and government organizations. Our solutions portfolio covers a broad field of technologies that include, fiber optic transmission solutions, Ethernet, Wireless LAN, IP TV, IP Telephony and more.
About Ruckus Wireless
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) is a global supplier of advanced wireless systems for the rapidly expanding mobile Internet infrastructure market. The Company offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor “Smart Wi-Fi” products to mobile carriers, broadband service providers, and corporate enterprises, and has over 44,000 end-customers worldwide. Ruckus technology addresses Wi-Fi capacity and coverage challenges caused by the ever-increasing amount of traffic on wireless networks due to accelerated adoption of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Ruckus invented and has patented state-of-the-art wireless voice, video, and data technology innovations, such as adaptive antenna arrays that extend signal range, increase client data rates, and avoid interference, providing consistent and reliable distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi. For more information, visit http://www.ruckuswireless.com.
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Content Type: Press Release
Release Date: December 10, 2014