Security Watch

April 18, 2011
SD&I_0511_Security Watch-Mobotix Attracts Top Resellers-Aruba Networks discusses wireless mesh and mobility

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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.    

Mobile device access control
Providing easy, secure network access to facilitate the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) phenomenon is one of today’s most significant IT pain points. Aruba addresses this with the introduction of Mobile Device Access Control (MDAC). This solution is designed for zero-touch, secure provisioning of Apple® iOS mobile devices. Recently acquired Aruba Amigopod enables self-registration of mobile devices, automated certificate installation on iOS devices and automated authorization of users. Scalable up to 10,000 concurrent sessions, Amigopod also enables seamless Integration of corporate branding for captive portals, and is fully interoperable with multi-vendor networks.

“Overall, our goal was to enable organizations to take control over their mobility strategies and mobility access,” said Ozer Dondurmacioglu, Manager, Product Marketing, adding that this produce suite was driven by smartphones and people using more mobile devices.

At the heart of Aruba's MOVE architecture, ArubaOS Mobility Services enable the development, deployment and enforcement of a single set of network services that manage security, policy and network performance for every user and device on the network, regardless of access type. ArubaOS Mobility Services are centrally deployed, with private or public cloud-based management. This mobility- and user-centric approach enables a necessary shift away from more than 20 years of Ethernet port-centric network architectures to reduce costs and enable workforce mobility.

Mobile Device Fingerprinting, another key innovation, enables the network to identify and monitor Apple iOS and other mobile device platforms. This capability, combined with Aruba Amigopod and Aruba Airwave Network Management, enable the Aruba MDAC solution.


The Aruba 3D Outdoor Coverage Planning Tool gives customers and partners an effective way to plan and visualize their mesh deployments. Graphic courtesy Aruba Networks


AICC Focus on National Monitoring License

The Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC), organized as a subcommittee of the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) unanimously voted to move forward with the extensively deliberated initiative creating a nationally recognized monitoring license.

AICC formed a subcommittee that will focus its energy on central monitoring companies engaged in interstate commerce, a particular portion of the industry that appears to have been an afterthought in otherwise well-developed state and local legislature. The subcommittee is co-chaired by Jim McMullen, president of C.O.P.S. Monitoring, Williamstown, N.J., and Bill Cooper, ADT Security Services’ industry liaison manager, Louisville, Ky.

“This project has been a long standing goal of CSAA, and now the intense interest generated as a result of the recent New York licensing issue has brought it to the surface,” said Ed Bonifas, president of CSAA and vice president at Alarm Detection Systems in Aurora, Ill.

National monitoring companies encounter strenuous compliance requirements such as obligating company qualifiers to travel to numerous states to take licensing tests often devoid of any monitoring-related materials and mandates. They also require that companies provide duplicate criminal background checks and fingerprinting for employees in states many miles away from their home states. While these rules, regulations, statues, and policies have been well developed to help protect both consumers and businesses, the AICC believes they do little if anything to address alarm monitoring directly as many of the monitoring regulations are piggybacked or attached as part of other legislation that often governs other industries such as electricians and private security guards.

In response to these and other licensing impediments, the AICC subcommittee intends to introduce a bill in Congress that would create a “National Monitoring License” permitting companies to monitor across state lines.

AICC is calling upon the experience and expertise of national monitoring companies and other industry professionals to provide input in its draft bill that details the criteria or requirements of a “Nationally Recognized Monitoring Company.” The AICC has established a web site located at that contains the first draft of the proposed bill along with an online form to collect the input from various sources. The AICC will be accepting input until the close of business on May 13, 2011.