April 24, 2008
Aruba Networks and Psion Teklogix Partner for Interoperability
By Niladri Sekhar Nath, TMCnet Contributor
Aruba Networks, developer of wireless LANs and secure unified mobility solutions, and Psion Teklogix (News - Alert), a provider of rugged mobile computing solutions, have entered into a distribution agreement under which Psion Teklogix will resell Aruba secure mobility solutions as part of its industrial solution suite. In addition, Aruba has issued Compatible Partner interoperability ratings to Psion Teklogix Wi-Fi enabled products.
"Psion Teklogix manufactures a wide range of wireless and mobile computing solutions for the enterprise, including handheld and vehicle mounted devices, and we wanted to offer our customers another reliable, secure wireless infrastructure option that would make the most of our products," said Ron Caines (News - Alert), Psion Teklogix' president of the Americas. "Aruba's AP-85 industrial access point family allows our products to operate at exceptional range, in the harshest environments. Running Psion Teklogix devices on an Aruba wireless LAN is an excellent way to highlight the many advanced features we build into our products."
Aruba's new AP-85 Dual-Radio Outdoor Access Point (News - Alert) family incorporates unique radio, packaging, and operational capabilities optimized for industrial environments. The AP-85 includes dual, high-power radios, a robust weather- and airborne contaminate-proof enclosure, environment ATEX Zone 2 safety rated design, and a mesh mode for wire-free operation. The AP-85 is tailor-made for addressing difficult installation scenarios in both indoor and outdoor locations.
Aruba launched its interoperability testing program in mid-2007 to enhance the out-of-box deployment experience of integrators and end users. Pre-testing helps steer clear of situations in which incompatibilities, bugs, or software instability results in erratic device or network behavior.
Aruba has carried out interoperability testing of Psion Teklogix's mobile devices with its wireless LANs. "To accomplish this our networks automatically and continuously optimize themselves for the environment in which they're operating, taking the guesswork out of network set-up and operation,” said Peter Cellarius, Aruba's head of global channel operations. “The result is a secure and dependable conduit for information on which Psion Teklogix and its resellers can depend day in and day out."
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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