Click here to close now.


News Feed Item

Brent Council Boosts Frontline Efficiency With Xirrus Wi-Fi Network

High-Quality Wireless Crucial in Enabling Flexible Working and Modernisation of Public Services

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 01/15/14 -- Xirrus®, the leader in high-performance wireless networks, today announced that Brent Council has deployed Xirrus Access Points (APs) to deliver a high-performance Wi-Fi network for its 2,600 staff and the visiting public at its headquarters, leisure and care centres.

Brent Council selected Xirrus to deploy 70 Xirrus Wireless Arrays across eight floors of the council's brand new headquarters, which includes its library and care facilities. The installation was completed in less than three weeks and has already had a very positive impact on the council's internal and external operations.

The council selected Xirrus due to its unique multi-radio Array architecture which requires significantly fewer access points to provide robust, high quality coverage and excellent Wi-Fi throughput across large spaces.

Stephan Conaway, CIO at Brent Council, comments: "In choosing a wireless provider, it was crucial for us to be able to demonstrate cost efficiencies and minimal disruption to council operations. Competitors quoted us between 240 - 300 access points, whereas with Xirrus we were able to deploy 70, which had obvious cost-benefits as fewer Arrays meant considerably less cabling, switch ports and energy usage. Flexibility was another differentiator as was future-proofing our investment. This is an important factor as we approach the standardisation of 802.11ac in 2014 since we can easily add or swap 802.11ac modules into the existing Xirrus modular Array chassis."

The introduction of wireless connectivity has improved employee productivity and delivered cost savings through streamlining internal processes. Staff are now able to access documents and resources at anytime from their mobile devices, while visitors and members of the public are able to use the free Wi-Fi when using council facilities in the library and care centre.

On a typical day 1,400 staff and 400 visitors will be active on the wireless network at the same time. On heavy work days and at peak times, the user numbers will easily exceed 2,000. All staff have smart phones enabled for Council email and for a range of productivity applications and a third of staff work with iPads as part of their daily work. The wireless connectivity makes paperless working a reality.

The heightened consumer demand for connectivity was a key driver behind the council's investment in Wi-Fi. In the library, school pupils and members of the public are able to use Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as iPads, smart phones and wifi enabled laptops. The library itself maintains a lending library of iPads and laptops for public use.

People are free to move around the library when learning, reading or conducting research, whereas previously they were confined to a connected PC at a desk. Since introducing the wireless network, Brent has seen a several fold increase in visitors to its central library with more members of the public coming in to use library facilities. Members of the public are also able to make use of free Wi-Fi when using care services or when walking about the new building or eating in the café.

"We believe that Wi-Fi is mission critical to council operations, helping us provide high-quality services to members of the public as well as creating a productive working environment for our staff. We were very impressed with Xirrus' approach to the whole project, from the initial consultancy to the final delivery and are looking to introduce additional Xirrus Access Points and Arrays in the coming months," Conaway added. The performance of the Xirrus installation in the new Civic Centre is excellent.

Sean Larner, VP International at Xirrus, said, "The proliferation of mobile devices means we continue to see mass demand for Wi-Fi everywhere, whether it be civil servants capturing information on iPads in the office or school pupils using e-readers in the local library. The installation of Brent is an example of how local councils are utilising high-capacity Wi-Fi to overhaul the service they provide to the public. This smart approach to IT enables the introduction of BYOD schemes and gives staff paperless access to documents on the go, promoting a better flow of information and saving valuable time and resources."

Brent plans to continue the deployment of additional Xirrus Wireless Arrays throughout the remaining Brent administration buildings and libraries to provide a single borough wide WLAN in early 2014.

About Xirrus, Inc.
Xirrus is the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks. Xirrus solutions perform under the most demanding circumstances, offering consistent "wired-like" performance with superior coverage and security. The Xirrus suite of WI-FI optimised solutions -- Arrays, access points, cloud services, and wired switches -- provide seamless connectivity and unified management across the network. Xirrus provides a vital strategic business and IT infrastructure advantage to industries that depend on wireless to operate business-critical applications. With tens of thousands of customer solutions deployed globally, Xirrus maintains operations and partnerships across the globe. Xirrus is a privately held company and is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA. For more information please visit: and follow us on Twitter: @Xirrus.

Xirrus and XMS are trademarks or registered trademarks of Xirrus. Other trade names used in this document are or may be the property of their respective owners.

About Brent Council
Please contact the Brent press desk tel:02089371066 or email [email protected]

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
Container technology is shaping the future of DevOps and it’s also changing the way organizations think about application development. With the rise of mobile applications in the enterprise, businesses are abandoning year-long development cycles and embracing technologies that enable rapid development and continuous deployment of apps. In his session at DevOps Summit, Kurt Collins, Developer Evangelist at, examined how Docker has evolved into a highly effective tool for application del...
Cloud computing delivers on-demand resources that provide businesses with flexibility and cost-savings. The challenge in moving workloads to the cloud has been the cost and complexity of ensuring the initial and ongoing security and regulatory (PCI, HIPAA, FFIEC) compliance across private and public clouds. Manual security compliance is slow, prone to human error, and represents over 50% of the cost of managing cloud applications. Determining how to automate cloud security compliance is critical...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 7-9, 2016 at Javits Center, New York City and Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 18th International @CloudExpo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.
The cloud. Like a comic book superhero, there seems to be no problem it can’t fix or cost it can’t slash. Yet making the transition is not always easy and production environments are still largely on premise. Taking some practical and sensible steps to reduce risk can also help provide a basis for a successful cloud transition. A plethora of surveys from the likes of IDG and Gartner show that more than 70 percent of enterprises have deployed at least one or more cloud application or workload. Y...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York and Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty ...
We are rapidly moving to a brave new world of interconnected smart homes, cars, offices and factories known as the Internet of Things (IoT). Sensors and monitoring devices will touch every part of our lives. Let's take a closer look at the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things is a worldwide network of objects and devices connected to the Internet. They are electronics, sensors, software and more. These objects connect to the Internet and can be controlled remotely via apps and programs. ...
Today air travel is a minefield of delays, hassles and customer disappointment. Airlines struggle to revitalize the experience. GE and M2Mi will demonstrate practical examples of how IoT solutions are helping airlines bring back personalization, reduce trip time and improve reliability. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Dr. Sarah Cooper, M2Mi’s VP Business Development and Engineering, explored the IoT cloud-based platform technologies driving t...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Alert Logic, Inc., the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Alert Logic, Inc., provides Security-as-a-Service for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructures, delivering deep security insight and continuous protection for customers at a lower cost than traditional security solutions. Ful...
We all know that data growth is exploding and storage budgets are shrinking. Instead of showing you charts on about how much data there is, in his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing at HGST, showed how to capture all of your data in one place. After you have your data under control, you can then analyze it in one place, saving time and resources.
As organizations shift towards IT-as-a-service models, the need for managing & protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and now cloud environments grows with it. CommVault can ensure protection & E-Discovery of your data - whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud, or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enterprise.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly by extending current technologies, products and networks. By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices. Gartner has forecast revenues of over $300 billion, just to IoT suppliers. Now is the time to figure out how you’ll make money – not just create innovative products. With hundreds of new products and companies jumping into the IoT fray every month, there’s no shortage of innovation. Despite this, McKinsey/VisionMobile data...
In recent years, at least 40% of companies using cloud applications have experienced data loss. One of the best prevention against cloud data loss is backing up your cloud data. In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Sam McIntyre, Partner Enablement Specialist at eFolder, presented how organizations can use eFolder Cloudfinder to automate backups of cloud application data. He also demonstrated how easy it is to search and restore cloud application data using Cloudfinder.
Just over a week ago I received a long and loud sustained applause for a presentation I delivered at this year’s Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. I was extremely pleased with the turnout and had some very good conversations with many of the attendees. Over the next few days I had many more meaningful conversations and was not only happy with the results but also learned a few new things. Here is everything I learned in those three days distilled into three short points.
DevOps is about increasing efficiency, but nothing is more inefficient than building the same application twice. However, this is a routine occurrence with enterprise applications that need both a rich desktop web interface and strong mobile support. With recent technological advances from Isomorphic Software and others, rich desktop and tuned mobile experiences can now be created with a single codebase – without compromising functionality, performance or usability. In his session at DevOps Su...
As organizations realize the scope of the Internet of Things, gaining key insights from Big Data, through the use of advanced analytics, becomes crucial. However, IoT also creates the need for petabyte scale storage of data from millions of devices. A new type of Storage is required which seamlessly integrates robust data analytics with massive scale. These storage systems will act as “smart systems” provide in-place analytics that speed discovery and enable businesses to quickly derive meaningf...