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MOBOTIX Attracts Top Resellers

The MOBOTIX National Partner Conference East Coast 2011 in Atlanta drew some 150 systems integrators, many of whom were new to the company’s technology, to several days of educational sessions and product showcase receptions. Top of mind was the decentralized platform and storage at the edge inherent in the MOBOTIX cameras, with 180 degree hemispheric technology as well as the T24 hemispheric IP video door station. The German-based company continues to forge into the U.S. market and solidify plans for a new dealer program set for official launch this summer. According to MOBOTIX General Manager of the Americas Steve Gorski, the dealer program is designed to gain loyalty and will be centered around training, certification, education and other key support strategies. Photo courtesy Deborah O’Mara


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Aruba Networks: On Wireless Mesh and Mobility


Aruba Networks® Inc., hot off its purchase of Azaela Networks last year, unveiled a new portfolio of mesh solutions that may prove extremely appealing to the ever-mobile systems integrator channel and their customers.


The Aruba AirMesh portfolio was designed from the ground up to be deployed in a wide variety of outdoor network scenarios, including delivery of data, voice and high-definition (HD) video at oil and gas fields, mining operations, utility management and transportation facilities. Local government uses include municipal wireless deployments and public safety applications such as video surveillance, mobile data transmission and disaster recovery. Its intelligent multi-radio design, with dual- and quad-radio 802.11n MIMO platforms, enables massive capacity (up to 300 Mbps per radio), interference mitigation and sustained throughput over multiple network hops and uses Layer-3 routing capabilities.


"Aruba has always been focused on enabling mobility,” said Greg Murphy, vice president of Outdoor Mesh Networking for Aruba. “The AirMesh multiservice 802.11n outdoor network portfolio helps ensure that users have reliable coverage and high quality of experience with video, voice and data applications, regardless of their location and even in extremely harsh environments. What was interesting to us was that that the security network that operated separately is now more and more combined with the IT network, and we wanted to take advantage of this and enable mobility," he said. Each software-configurable radio can function as a mesh backhaul link or access point (AP) that operates in multiple frequencies


With integrators and resellers in mind

Also newly announced, the Aruba 3D Outdoor Coverage Planning Tool (see photo) gives Aruba customers and partners an effective way to plan and visualize their Aruba AirMesh deployments in 3D, with detailed predictions for signal strength at both ends of link, as well as upstream and downstream throughput and channel-specific displays. Multi-colored graphs generated by the planning tool clearly show client coverage, client throughput, elevation profile and other deployment attributes.

The recent and exponential growth of enterprise mobility has fundamentally changed requirements for how these networks are built and operated. To help companies meet new challenges resulting from the rapid onslaught of Wi-Fi-enabled mobile devices these shifts, and to facilitate the evolution from Ethernet port-centric to mobility-centric access networks, Aruba Networks also unveiled its Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture. Aruba MOVE provides context-aware networking for the post-PC era. Aruba Mobility Network Services are delivered centrally from the data center across thin mobility access “on-ramps.” With Aruba MOVE, IT organizations have a purpose-built but flexible solution for enabling mobility, and a clear path to shift expensive investments away from legacy wired access networks.    

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