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November 08, 2007

Aruba and iDirect Technologies Team to Expand Satellite Networks

By Niladri Sekhar Nath, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Aruba Networks (News - Alert), Inc., provider of networks and secure mobility solutions, has completed wireless local area network (WLAN)-to-satellite integration testing with iDirect (News - Alert), Inc., a division of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. iDirect delivers satellite-based broadband communications.

The two companies have in fact certified the interoperability of Aruba's secure mobility solution with iDirect's satellite platform, so that satellite customers can provide a wide area network interface to Aruba's adaptive wireless LANs. The applications are likely to include video surveillance, perimeter security monitoring, disaster recovery, distance learning, logistics management, and storage depots.

"By adding Aruba's secure Wi-Fi capability to our platform, we have greatly simplified the manner in which our satellite network is accessed and increased the types of devices that can leverage our wide area connection such as wireless bar code and RFID scanners, Wi-Fi enabled handsets, PDAs, and Wi-Fi enabled cameras and sensors," said Karl Fuchs, director of engineering for iDirect Government Technologies (iGT). "When used in conjunction with iDirect's Comms-On-The-Move capability, mobile convoys can now have access to converged data, video, and voice, while first responders can rapidly deploy Wi-Fi enabled mobile hotspots in disaster areas."

With Aruba's user-centric networking, users can access the enterprise through any network from anywhere in the world. Thus, Aruba helps enterprise reach all users without compromising security or convenience.

"The integration of secure Wi-Fi and satellite networks will enable our customers to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy secure mobility solutions anywhere, anytime," said Jon Douglas, Aruba's Federal product marketing lead. "The solution is particularly relevant to the Department of Defense, whose far flung applications demand stringent network security and already widely leverage satellite communications. The ability to deliver broadband access via satellite anywhere in the world, and reach any end users over a multi-hop Wi-Fi link with FIPS 140-2 certified encryption from client to core, makes for a very compelling deployment scenario."


Niladri Sekhar Nath is a contributing writer for TMCnet covering telecommunications, service providers and networking. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

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