RedCell Technologies Designs Robust, Easy-to-Manage Wireless LAN for Hillsborough County Public Schools

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High-performance Aruba Networks WLAN solution will provide wireless coverage across the district’s 267 schools.

RedCell Technologies

RedCell Technologies announced today that Hillsborough County Public Schools has begun deployment of a district-wide 802.11n wireless LAN network designed by RedCell Technologies’ engineers. The new network includes Aruba Networks’ (NASDAQ: ARUN), Instant controller-less WLAN solution, providing the school district with the performance, resilience and capacity to support the growing number of mobile devices used by students, faculty and staff.

“We are very excited to be a part of this significant technology upgrade for Hillsborough County Public Schools,” said Tennyson LaJeunesse, CTO, RedCell Technologies. “We worked very closely with the district’s IT team to engineer a wireless LAN that would meet their needs now and in the future. We are confident that this solution will provide an outstanding user experience with the capacity to meet ever-increasing demand for mobile access.”

Hillsborough County Public Schools is the eighth-largest school district in the United States, covering a geographic area the size of Rhode Island, but had wireless access in just 20 sites with limited coverage. The district needed a wireless solution that was cost-effective, easy to manage and able to scale across all of its 267 schools.

Funding for the project was obtained through the E-Rate Program, which provides school districts and libraries with the financial resources needed to improve their network infrastructures. The district selected RedCell Technologies and Aruba through a competitive bid process.

“We were impressed with the functionality of the Aruba equipment and the solution designed by RedCell Technologies,” said Sharon Zulli, Manager of Technology Customer Service and Support, Hillsborough County Public Schools. “We definitely got the feeling from RedCell Technologies that they would help us along, because this was new to us.”

The E-Rate Program requires institutions to provide detailed specifications and meet critical deadlines in order to obtain funds for a particular project. Zulli said RedCell Technologies has been instrumental in helping the school district hit its benchmarks throughout the lengthy E-Rate approval process, which took more than a year.

“We knew that when E-Rate funding finally was approved we would have just one year to complete the implementation district-wide,” she said. “The RedCell Technologies engineers worked closely with us while approval was still pending, setting up a pilot project at one of our schools so we could try out the solution. They committed a lot of resources to make this project successful.”

The network features more than 3,500 Aruba Instant access points (APs), which provide high-density Wi-Fi support, seamless roaming and full survivability in the event of AP or WAN link failures. The controller-less technology minimizes complexity, enabling ultra-rapid deployment and reduced operational overhead.

“School districts like Hillsborough are embracing Aruba Instant’s combination of powerful enterprise capabilities with low cost and simplicity of configuration and management,” said Gerry Festa, Director, Industry Solutions Marketing, Aruba Networks. “Aruba Instant is the ideal solution for these districts, allowing them to effectively manage geographically dispersed networks without the cost of additional IT staff and resources.”

RedCell Technologies is staging the access points to support the aggressive project timeline. The company will also work with a third-party contractor that will complete the cabling and AP installation.

“We need to complete a number of schools each month to get everything done within the calendar year deadline,” Zulli said. “Thanks to the efforts of RedCell Technologies, we are prepared to roll out the solution to all our schools very quickly.”

About RedCell Technologies
RedCell Technologies is a highly focused professional services firm specializing in the integration of enterprise mobility solutions. The company offers a broad portfolio of services based upon an unparalleled combination of experience and extensive research data on the industry’s most effective solutions for mobility. The ability to analyze and interpret each business’ unique needs and deliver cost-effective and efficient technology solutions to meet those needs makes RedCell Technologies the clear choice for enterprise mobility.

About Aruba Networks, Inc.
Aruba Networks is a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise. The company’s Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture unifies wired and wireless network infrastructures into one seamless access solution for corporate headquarters, mobile business professionals, remote workers and guests. This unified approach to access networks enables IT organizations and users to securely address the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, dramatically improving productivity and lowering capital and operational costs.

Listed on the NASDAQ and Russell 2000® Index, Aruba is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com.

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