Nord Anglia Education Selects Xirrus for BYOD

Finding a solution to mitigate the security issues raised by the bring your own device trend is not only important for enterprises, but for educators as well. Nord Anglia Education has selected Xirrus, Inc wireless arrays to deliver BYOD connectivity across its family of 14 international schools throughout Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Here are the details.

Nord Anglia Education, an international provider of education, training, and guidance programs, installed Xirrus Wireless Arrays and the Xirrus Management System across its European schools. The company intends to implement the same systems the in Asia during 2013. The Xirrus system will enable the school to monitor more than 10,000 students and 3,000 staff who use their own laptops, tablets, and smartphones while at school to access the growing volume of online educational tools, according to the company.

"Using Xirrus also allows us to future-proof our investment," said Nord Anglia Education Group IT Director David Kibble. "Its arrays are designed to support the new 802.11ac standard, which will be certified next year, and so if we want to upgrade, we can add or swap 802.11ac modules into the existing chassis. A key selling point for me was to ensure that our wireless network evolves alongside new wireless standards."

According to Nord Anglia Education, Xirrus will provide four times the coverage and up to eight times the bandwidth and capacity of traditional access points. The need for this type of density is a must in an education environment. The online safety of students remains of paramount importance to Nord Anglia Education.

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