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City and County of Swansea Chooses Aerohive for Mobility Initiatives
|By Business Wire
|May 8, 2014 09:33 AM EDT
Networks® (NYSE:HIVE), a
leader in controller-less Wi-Fi and cloud-managed mobile networking for
the enterprise market, today announced
that The City and County of Swansea (CCS), South Wales, England, has
chosen Aerohive’s wireless LAN (WLAN) solution as the platform for
mobility across its education and learning services and libraries.
In the first project phase, the Aerohive network will support digital
learning initiatives for pupils across 102 primary and secondary schools
by providing secure and resilient network access and a centralised
management platform for more than 5,000 mobile devices.
• CCS provides and manages services for the entire government system in
the Swansea area in South Wales, serving 200,000 plus residents. This
encompasses everything from social benefits to waste management and a
service agreement to provide IT services and infrastructure to over 100
• The Council sought to provide its schools with vital infrastructure to
support IT initiatives in education, including 1:1 tablet rollouts to
pupils and staff. Driven by the Welsh Government’s “Learning in Digital
Wales” programme, CCS sought a high-performance solution that could meet
the Wi-Fi access needs of tens of thousands of students and staff,
enable e-learning facilities such as mobile apps over the WLAN network,
plus provide a simple way to manage complex security and access policies.
• CCS assessed other WLAN solutions but opted for Aerohive because of
its controller-less architecture and proven centralised management
system and control features.
• Using a central management platform, Aerohive’s HiveManager Network
Management System (NMS), to maintain policy and security control over
the 102 distributed locations was particularly compelling for CCS, as
was Aerohive’s controller-less architecture. With intelligence in the
Aerohive Access Points (APs) themselves, the Council is assured of the
highest degree of resiliency and connectivity via a 'self-healing
• The scalability of the Aerohive solution was also a deciding factor,
providing a platform for simply and cost-effectively introducing future
mobility projects by just adding APs across other areas of the County,
such as Wi-Fi in the city libraries.
• The initial project sees over 1,600 APs deployed across the County’s
primary and secondary schools, managed through a single centralised
HiveManager Virtual Appliance.
• The next phase of the Council’s programme is to extend the wireless
connectivity into CCS’ 18 city libraries. Leveraging the centralised
management system, pupils across the 102 connected schools will be able
to gain access to the wireless network in other Council facilities, such
as libraries, using the same credentials, providing both simple and
• CCS currently plans to continue to add further Wi-Fi projects
throughout 2014 as budget becomes available.
“The mobile device drive has been around teaching and learning in
classrooms as opposed to productivity based activities,” explained Ricky
Holdsworth, Senior ICT Programme Delivery Manager, City and County of
Swansea. “Simplistically, for example, during a history lesson, students
would need a larger, desktop device to complete an assignment, whereas
for learning fractions in a classroom, you need to use a tablet device
with an app that explains how to do it. We needed the infrastructure to
support all of that.”
“We have a pioneer primary school in Swansea that has won national
awards for the use of mobile technology and an initiative for extending
that into other schools and the wider community called the LIFE
Programme, which has also received a national award. That school was a
real catalyst for others to pay attention to the benefits of mobile
technology in education, which really spurred on the requirement to have
high-capacity wireless technology across our establishments.”
“It’s more than just connectivity though. We knew controlling, securing
and giving the devices uninterrupted access was key to succeeding. We
required a WLAN solution that was both resilient and intelligent to
accommodate this, and scalable enough to provide a platform for other
areas of the Council as we plan more Wi-Fi projects. We soon recognised
the potential benefits of a centrally managed network,” Holdsworth
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