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Securing Schools with IP-CCTV – A MOBOTIX Approach

November 7th, 2014

The security of schools, colleges and universities and the safety of staff and students is one of the most important aspects of educational life. However, it is nearly impossible to deliver the necessary proactive approach within a limited budget.

This short guide provides an overview of the key issues facing educational organisations as well as a look at how innovative technology can help reduce cost, improve security and provide flexibility for progressive adoption of CCTV.

Protecting property, staff and students

Schools, colleges and universities share a number of common security issues. Balancing the requirements of accessibility with control and monitoring is challenging. Academic institutions primary desire is to spend resources on education and avoid administrative costs. As such, there is a requirement to gain as much value from CAPEX and to also simplify processes around security and facility management.

Education has benefited from ICT and although most campuses now have extensive data connectivity, the demand on these networks is growing and the additional burden of CCTV poses the potential for forcing expensive upgrades. In addition, campuses tend to have minimal facilities management teams which are often rolled into the ICT function. This means that CCTV needs to be simple and extremely reliable.

Finally, campuses are typically not setup for a centralised security control room. The common practice of distributed sites, schools and departments means that a single security desk is impractical. Accessibility to CCTV, for example to validate a visitor prior to entry, needs to be flexible enough to meet campus environments that are quickly evolving. This means the ability to integrate with intercom, door entry, barriers and card readers at a local level is often a vital requirement.

What are the common security problems faced by academic institutions that MOBOTIX can help solve?

We need to cover wider areas like recreation rooms, cafeterias or lecture halls but don’t want to use dozens of cameras.

MOBOTIX is the industry pioneer in high resolution hemispheric video which allows fewer cameras covering a wider area. The use of these fish-eye lenses and digital processing also solves the problems associated with legacy Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras through the use of a high resolution lens that captures an entire 360 degree scene which can be viewed, zoomed and studied in real time. However, this digital PTZ does not disrupt the on-going recording of the location. This allows a single hemispheric camera to cover large areas or even an entire room from a single ceiling vantage point without any break in coverage. MOBOTIX cameras are all over 3 megapixels in quality which means a single unit can provide enough detail to identify individuals with certainty.

We want to be able to act quickly when we see an issue captured by the CCTV. For example, asking students loitering in certain areas to move along to lessons or warn vandals that we can see their actions.

MOBOTIX cameras are unusually innovative in that they include built-in bi-direction audio capability to allow both local announcements and centralised messages to be played to any speaker connected to individual cameras. Each camera can also be linked to entry phones to allow visitors to communicate with facilities or reception staff who can remotely open doors. In some instances, campuses can setup contact points to help students and staff raise the alarm in the event of health or safety issue. Bi-directional audio can be seamlessly linked to existing intercoms, fire alarms and other audio systems without requiring complex third party equipment.

Our school has a limited budget for CCTV and wants to avoid the cost and complexity of building a dedicated CCTV control room – what are our alternatives?

MOBOTIX includes MxControlCenter, a licence free video management software, for recording and managing an unlimited number of clients, cameras and storage devices. Campuses can setup cameras to record video continuously, on schedule, on alarm and/or on motion detection. The software offers multiple search functions for recorded events with support for mobile devices. The inclusion of such powerful software allows even the smallest schools to benefit from simple to manage CCTV security. The software can be deployed on any Windows PC and with the right settings; any MxControlCenter can link to any camera allowing campuses to setup flexible monitoring and access control processes even out of hours for night watch staff using handheld smart devices.

We want to cover external areas such as playing fields, car parks and our external perimeter but extending traditional fixed network connectivity out to these sites is prohibitively expensive.

MOBOTIX CCTV cameras are IP65 rated which means they will work in every type of weather condition, temperature and humidity. In addition, each camera uses only 5w of power and includes built in support for mobile connectivity and internal storage. The MOBOTIX cameras can also be used over a wireless network. This means that with just the addition of power, campuses can extend CCTV coverage to a location without a fixed network. Instead, CCTV accessibility is delivered via low cost 802.11n based wireless networks or even 3G/4G where applicable. In addition, cameras can record video using internal flash memory and just send very low bitrate preview images over Wi-Fi to monitoring stations. The internal storage means that over a weeks’ worth of high resolution images are stored internally for later viewing in the event of a network link outage.

Our campus network is already pretty stressed; how can we upgrade to high resolution CCTV without an expensive network upgrade?

MOBOTIX use of distributed technology, built in storage and a highly efficient MxPEG video encoder means that the amount of traffic across the network is dramatically reduced. For example, in video motion recording, recordings will be made only when movement occurs in certain areas. An intelligent distributed CCTV solution will send images only when it needs to record them to its storage device. In contrast a traditional ’dumb‘ centralised system will be constantly sending images to the central location so that the software can make the decision to store it or disregard it. This means that with non-MOBOTIX CCTV there is always a network overhead, even when there is no movement. Schools that instead choose MOBOTIX can use its distributed technology to avoid having to upgrade the underlying network and instead setup quality and frame rates based on network availability.

Net-Ctrl and MOBOTIX

Net-Ctrl will be demonstrating the MOBOTIX solution on stand C73 at BETT 2015 along with a range of other great solutions. Net-Ctrl has been a MOBOTIX partner for a number of years. We house our own internal sales, support and installation teams to help you through your project.

We would be more than happy to discuss any potential projects you may have and outline the different options available to you from the MOBOTIX portfolio. Net-Ctrl also has the facility to loan cameras to schools to put them through their paces.

For more information on the MOBOTIX security portfolio please email sales@net-ctrl.com.

Ruckus Wireless Expands its Unique line of New Smart 11AC Indoor and Outdoor ZoneFlex Access Points

October 2nd, 2014

Featuring Industry’s Lightest, Smallest Outdoor 802.11ac APs, and Embedded Adaptive Antenna Technology.

Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) announced today the expansion of its line of Smart 802.11ac ZoneFlex™ access points (APs) with the launch of four new models. The expanded lineup includes the new Ruckus ZoneFlex R500 (2×2:2) and ZoneFlex R600(3×3:3) indoor dual-band (2.4/5 GHz) mid-range models, and two new Ruckus ZoneFlex T300 Series outdoor 802.11ac APs, the ZoneFlex T300e omnidirectional model, which includes support for optional external 5 GHz antennas, and the ZoneFlex T301s 120 degree sectorized beam model with a sector adaptive antenna.

These new Smart Wi-Fi access points are the only concurrent, dual-band indoor and outdoor 802.11ac APs on the market to integrate patented Ruckus BeamFlex+™ technology for optimal performance and interference mitigation in challenging RF environments, as well as ChannelFly™ dynamic channel management technology for predictive channel selection based on real-time capacity analysis of all RF channels. The new outdoor ZoneFlex T300 Series APs also feature the industry’s smallest and lightest form factors.

“Our latest ZoneFlex T300 Series outdoor APs provide even more options and flexibility for customers desiring carrier-class, high-capacity, high-density outdoor 11ac Smart Wi-Fi radio technology, including industry-leading lightweight and compact form factors,” said Greg Beach, vice president of Product Management, Ruckus Wireless. “Our new indoor, mid-range APs are exceptional, high-performance options for deployments in small to mid-size retail businesses, branch offices of large enterprises, hotel common areas, classrooms and libraries, delivering best-in-class performance and reliability at competitive prices.”

New Ruckus ZoneFlex Indoor APs R Smart Wi-Fi for 802.11ac

The Ruckus ZoneFlex R500 dual-band (2.4/5 GHz) 2×2:2 802.11ac access point is designed to deliver high quality wireless connectivity in medium density wireless networks in sites such as mid-size enterprises, hotels, and warehouses. The ZoneFlex R500 is also a great AP for deployment in retail stores to provide inconspicuous, reliable wireless connectivity for video, wireless IP phones and data access for handheld point-of-sale (POS) bar code scanners.

The Ruckus ZoneFlex R600 dual-band (2.4/5 GHz) 3×3:3 802.11ac access point delivers even higher performance with an additional MIMO spatial stream. It is ideal for medium to high client density deployments such as enterprises, branch offices, and retail locations, especially those serving three-spatial stream clients. The ZoneFlex R600 is also a perfect fit for K-12 classrooms and college campus networks.

Both the new ZoneFlex R500 and R600 APs are able to operate with full functionality when powered by a standard Power over Ethernet (PoE) 802.3af switch, eliminating the need for costly switch upgrades. Their sleek, elegant designs are easily concealed and support a variety of mounting options. Additional features include: dual-band support that allows for concurrent Internet and IP-based video services; wired ports that enable easy connections to laptops, VoIP phones, cash registers, printers, and other business devices, and; multiple SSIDs for differentiated user services (e.g., guest Wi-Fi, POS, voice).

Ruckus ZoneFlex 802.11ac APs Continue to Fit Outdoor Environments to a T

Like the Ruckus ZoneFlex T300 omnidirectional and ZoneFlex T301n 30 degree narrow beam models, the new ZoneFlex T300e and T301s APs are incredibly lightweight and feature ultra compact form factors. At just 2 and 2.1 pounds (0.9 kg and 1 kg), respectively, including built-in BeamFlex antennas, the ZoneFlex T300e and T301s are significantly lighter than other outdoor 802.11ac APs. With total dimensions, including their internal antennas, of 5.9″w x 7″d x 3.4″h (15cm x 18cm x 8.6cm) for the ZoneFlex T300e, and 7.6″w x 9.4″d x 4.3″h (19.5cm x 23.9cm x 11cm) for the ZoneFlex T301s, these are among the smallest outdoor 802.11ac APs on the market. Form factor is a critical requirement for many outdoor Wi-Fi applications where aesthetic considerations or minimal visual impact is required. The lightweight feature of the ZoneFlex T300 Series outdoor APs dramatically eases installation and reduces deployment time and labor costs.

The ZoneFlex T300e is equally well suited for high-density outdoor deployments. It includes all of the features of the T300 model, plus offers the ability to attach a wide variety of external 5 GHz antennas for great deployment flexibility. It’s ideal for mounting on poles, street corners, and rooftops, and in situations where the AP is remote from antennas or where the AP requires custom engineered RF coverage.

“The Ruckus ZoneFlex T300 access point is exactly what we needed for a cutting-edge, high-density installation we’re deploying in New York City to provide coverage over a wide outdoor area,“ said Alan Rothenstreich, director of Business Development for Pacific Telemanagement Services (PTS), a national public communications company and Ruckus Big Dog partner headquartered in San Ramon, CA.

“The T300 also provides crucial interference mitigation, and it’s significantly lighter and smaller than other outdoor 802.11ac APs, which is equally important, since form factor is another key requirement for this combined, integrated indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi network, because we need to address aesthetic and minimal visual impact challenges. Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi is simply unparalleled when it comes to carrier-class, high-capacity, high-density outdoor 11ac technology—all in a great package, and the T300 is enabling us to deliver a reliable, high-performance Wi-Fi network.”

The ZoneFlex T301s is similar in features to the T301n model, and has a sector adaptive antenna that is designed specifically for providing the best coverage and capacity at wider 120 degree sectors. The T301s AP is well suited for mounting on poles and ideal for mounting on exterior walls.

Both models are rugged outdoor APs purpose-built to withstand harsh environments, with IP-67 water and dust proof plastic enclosures, operating temperatures of from -4 up to 131 degrees Fahrenheit (from -20 up to 55 degrees Celsius), and wind survivability of up to 165 mph. Both models are easy to install, and support co-location operation with distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cell radios.

All four of these new Ruckus APs also feature 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE), support up to 500 clients each, and can operate as a standalone AP, or be centrally managed by a Ruckus ZoneDirector™ controller, or Ruckus SmartCell™ Gateway (SCG) 200 or virtual SmartCell Gateway (vSCG) for maximum scalability.

Better, Smarter Wi-Fi With BeamFlex+

The ZoneFlex R500 and R600 indoor APs and ZoneFlex T300e and T301s outdoor APs all feature Ruckus BeamFlex+ technology, which provides a stronger device signal by adapting to a mobile device’s orientation and location. BeamFlex+ can enhance the user experience by helping to ensure a consistent wireless signal. Without it, changing client device orientation can cause up to a 2.5x performance difference. For example, this can mean a change from 25 Mbps to 10 Mbps. BeamFlex+ eliminates this variability and is designed to ensure optimum performance for any client device orientation, making Ruckus ZoneFlex 802.11ac APs perfectly suited for serving the latest mobile devices, like the iPhone 6.

Cloud-enabled Technology

All of these new Ruckus ZoneFlex APs also support Ruckus Smart Wireless Services for maximum deployment flexibility and management options. These Cloud-based Smart Wi-Fi technologies include: the award-winning Ruckus Smart Positioning Technology (SPoT™) service, the industry’s first Cloud-based Smart positioning location-based service (LBS); the Ruckus Smart Access Management Service (SAMs) for better enabling public Wi-Fi hotspots; and the award-winning Ruckus virtual SmartCell Gateway (vSCG), the industry’s first carrier-grade Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solution for mobile network operators (MNOs), multiple system operators (MSOs), managed service providers (MSPs) and enterprises designed to streamline the creation of highly scalable and resilient cloud-based wireless LAN (WLAN) services.

For more information on pricing and availability, contact our sales team on 01473 281 211, or email sales@net-ctrl.com.

Submission taken from Ruckus Wireless.

Mobotix Presents New IP Video Solutions at Security 2014

October 1st, 2014

At this year’s Security show in Essen, MOBOTIX presented:

• A new compact sized Hemispheric camera called the i25
• Demonstrated its recent remote station for the IP video door intercom
• Introduced new software developments.

i25 – a new compact sized Hemispheric camera

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The revolutionary Q25M has given birth to a brand new hemispheric camera, which is nearly half the size. The new indoor camera is a fully featured device and built on the 5MP hardware platform. “We believe customers will love the i25 because it offers many of the same features found within the Q25, but at a much lower price point,” said Oliver Gabel, MOBOTIX’ Chief Technology Officer.

The wall mountable i25 captures an entire room with stunning 180˚ wall-to-wall view, without any blind spots. As with all MOBOTIX Hemispheric devices, the virtual PTZ on the live and recorded images is performed by the i25 camera without requiring an additional computer or software.

Available in both Day (colour) and Night (B&W) models the i25 caters to the most challenging lighting conditions and a wide range of indoor surveillance applications.

 

MxMultiViewer – intuitive video management software
The MxMultiViewer video management software is a completely new development for PC, Mac and Linux systems that focuses on ensuring simple and intuitive use. Full screen display at a single mouse click, support for several screens and a transparent view of events and alarm messages are just some of the many advantages of the new software. Particularly outstanding is the automatic configuration of the extensive MxMultiViewer. All MOBOTIX components in a network are detected and pre-installed automatically. Thus, a complete network of cameras and door intercoms can be brought into use in just a few minutes, without a browser or additional software – free of charge, of course, from MOBOTIX.

MxDisplay – building automation server with touchscreen display

The MxDisplay is the fixed remote station for the IP video door intercom and stands out, in particular, for its intuitive and easy use. With only a few swipes, the user can call up, for example, an overview of the cameras in the building and the most recent video messages from the door intercom or generate a new access transponder for a guest. No matter which menu the user is in, a tap on the key icon immediately displays the live image of the door intercom. Keeping the button pressed a while longer will open the door. If necessary, this can be secured further using a PIN or transponder. The MxDisplay can be integrated flush with the wall and is available in black or white.

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Another advantage of the MxDisplay is that it can be operated wirelessly. It can also be used as a base station for other displays in the building. Smart phones and computers can be used to log into the display via the network or integrated Wi-Fi in order to use all the functions in the same manner. A ringing at the doorbell is then forwarded to the smartphone or the workstation. Thanks to the Wi-Fi Access Point function, the MxDisplay creates Internet

access for these smart phones and computers, which makes it unnecessary to set up an additional Wi-Fi system in the building.

Reliable Detection At Night: M15D-Thermal and S15D-Thermal

A world first innovation, available in both the MOBOTIX M15D and S15D, is the ability to combine both thermal and optical sensor modules in the one camera. While the thermal sensor provides movement detection, the optical sensor provides crisp clear object identification. This enables the M15D and S15D to deliver accurate detection of motion in all lighting conditions and visual verification of who or what triggered the motion event. 
The advantage of using thermal sensor modules is that they can visualize heat radiating from vehicles and persons, for the purpose of accurate movement detection up to 400 meters away from the camera, even under the most challenging lighting and environmental conditions.

The flexible video cabling, weatherproof design and tiny footprint allows the two S15D thermal sensor modules to be installed into any location up to two meters away from a single S15D core unit.

The MOBOTIX M15D and S15D dual lens cameras come standard with MxActivitySensor, a state of the art intelligent motion detection software. When enabled in the thermal camera, MxActivitySensor registers movement without artificial lighting in pitch black conditions and during the day time, with stunning accuracy.

To view the original post visit the Mobotix website.

If you would like more information on any of the solutions above, or the Mobotix portfolio please contact our sales team on 01473 281 211 or email sales@net-ctrl.com.

Palo Alto Networks Again Revolutionises Enterprise Security with the Introduction of Advanced Endpoint Protection

October 1st, 2014

Palo Alto Networks Offers Preventative Approach to Stop Cyber Threats at the Endpoint.

Santa Clara, Calif., September 30, 2014 – Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the leader in enterprise security, today announced the availability of Traps, a revolutionary and unique Advanced Endpoint Protection offering designed to prevent sophisticated cyber-attacks on endpoints, sparing IT security teams from cumbersome remediation, patching, and often futile recovery scrambles.

Despite major advances in network security, endpoints remain vulnerable to many advanced attacks, especially as increasingly mobile workforces move outside protected enterprise networks. Legacy endpoint security products require prior knowledge of a threat in order to prevent it, or worse, use an approach that only identifies a new threat after it has compromised the endpoint.

This reactive model results in a never-ending chase after the thousands of new malware attacks that emerge each day, as well as the expanding number of software vulnerabilities that can be used to exploit an endpoint. These approaches offer little hope or possibility of recovering data that has already been hijacked by an attacker. Putting an end to the reactive run around, Traps pro-actively prevents attacks on the endpoint, including unknown malware and zero-day exploits, before they do any damage.

QUOTES

“The key differentiator with Traps is its ability to automate the process of protecting the endpoint. Most of the products in the industry today largely deal with informing us that there’s a problem and little more; that leaves us to manually deal with the effort of remediating the endpoint, takes time and leaves us vulnerable. With Traps, that is done automatically and it is done nearly instantaneously, which is a major win.”

– Golan Ben-Oni, CSO and SVP Network Architecture, IDT

“The proven effectiveness of the Traps endpoint capability over other heuristic and signature-based approaches, together with Palo Alto Networks WildFire and next-generation firewall, makes the secure enablement of our entire business possible.”

– Dr. Andres Rohr of RWE Supply & Trading

“With the introduction of Traps, we are redefining the endpoint security market much like we did the network security market with our next-generation firewall. Traps and our platform as a whole are designed to revolutionize enterprise security by putting prevention front and center, closing the door on cyber threats before they can get in and cause damage.”

– Lee Klarich, senior vice president of Product Management at Palo Alto Networks

Since the acquisition of Cyvera and the technology behind Traps, Palo Alto Networks has expanded global support and services operations to meet enterprise customer needs, and completed several key enhancements, including:

  • Integration with Palo Alto Networks WildFire – Traps blocks malware by leveraging the full knowledge of Palo Alto Networks Threat Intelligence Cloud;
  • Added exploitation and malware prevention modules – extends Traps support to include the latest attack techniques; and
  • Enhanced forensics – provides a rich set of reporting for better visibility and understanding of attacks that were prevented.

Natively Integrated Platform Extends Protection Enterprise-wide

The integration of Traps with the Palo Alto Networks Threat Intelligence Cloud brings security of the network and endpoint together under a single common architecture, known as the Palo Alto Networks enterprise security platform, and delivers unparalleled enterprise-wide security and automated threat prevention capabilities, reducing risk across an organization at every stage in the attack kill chain. It also eliminates management complexity and myopic point product-related security silos that can leave gaping holes in an organization’s security posture.

Availability

Traps Advanced Endpoint Protection, offered as a subscription service, is available now from authorized Palo Alto Networks channel partners. The offering is inclusive of all functionality including exploit prevention, malware prevention through WildFire integration, forensics, and premium support.

To learn more about Traps Advanced Endpoint Protection from Palo Alto Networks, visit:

Read the original post by Palo Alto Networks.

Contact the Net-Ctrl sales team for more information on 01473 281 211, or email sales@net-ctrl.com.

Ruckus Wireless Awards Alpha Dog Status to Net-Ctrl

September 25th, 2014

Over the Summer Net-Ctrl achieved the top partner status with Ruckus Wireless, we’re now classed as an ‘Alpha Dog’ partner. This is a level that only a few companies in the UK have achieved.

To be classed as an ‘Alpha Dog’ partner we were required to complete various sales and technical exams, and demonstrate our competence with the Ruckus solution and knowledge of the wireless environment.

What this means to our customers and clients is that we should be able to offer a better price than other non-alpha dog partners, and it should also provide you with the security in knowing that you’re dealing with a trusted Ruckus reseller.

Find out more about the Ruckus product line by visiting our main Ruckus product page, if you’re looking at investing in a new wireless deployment, then first step is to speak to us about a wireless site survey.

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Competitive Evaluation of Three-Stream 802.11n Access Points by Syracuse University

September 23rd, 2014

In many enterprises, wired connectivity is no longer the default— or even the primary— mode of network access. With the escalating number of wireless devices and the accompanying demand for increased bandwidth, Wi-Fi-serving enterprises must ensure that end-users have a consistent experience. The state of the art in Wi-Fi technology is dual-band, three-stream 802.11n access points, devices which are marketed by their vendors with exceptionally high data rates. These metrics, while not altogether untrue, account only for maximum physical layer data rates; achievable application layer throughput is typically lower and often more than halved, even under optimal conditions. Throughput is hampered not only by layer 2 retransmissions and dozens of clients, but by the vast amount of overhead associated with 802.11 protocols.

The Centre for Convergence and Emerging Networking Technologies, housed in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, partnered with Ruckus Wireless to determine the level of throughput network administrators could expect from five leading vendor’s indoor three stream access points in an environment that resembles real-world deployments. Our tests are an attempt to discover what the top aggregate throughput for each vendor’s access point might be, as well as how each product scales under the load of many clients and an increasingly difficult RF environment. Vendors included Aerohive Networks, Aruba Networks, Cisco Systems, Meraki, and Ruckus Wireless. We performed a battery of tests in three broad categories:

  • Single AP, single client (rate v. range)
  • Multiple classrooms of simultaneous users (90) on a single AP
  • Multiple classrooms of simultaneous users (120) using multiple APs (6)

To be clear, our evaluation of vendors’ products was not a comprehensive product review. We did not compare total cost of ownership, ease of management, or advanced features and functionality, all of which may be more important than raw throughput in some environments. In addition, since our primary interest involved the assessment of maximum system throughput, we conducted all our testing with three-stream client devices. While we made a diligent effort to optimize each product for maximum performance, we do not disclaim the possibility that each vendor’s product could have been configured in a more optimal manner. New software releases might also result in better performance.

While all of the products we tested provided throughput levels that will meet the needs of most organizations, we found significant variation in their performances. Our results suggest that Ruckus Wireless’ ZoneFlex 7982 offers the best overall performance of any of the products we tested. In addition, we found Ruckus performance to be significantly more consistent as we altered key elements of the physical environment.

Read the full report by the Centre for Convergence and Emerging Networking Technologies, housed in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University

This is an extract from the full report.

Ruckus BeamFlex Explained

September 18th, 2014

Unsure on the differences between ‘Transmit Beamforming’ and Ruckus’ patented ‘BeamFlex’ technology?

Watch this short video from Ruckus that will briefly explain how and why the Ruckus BeamFlex technology works and how it improves range, reliability and performance of WiFi networks and services.

Back to School Wireless Promotion

September 16th, 2014
Faster, more dependable Wi-Fi connectivity that’s affordable is fundamental for schools, colleges, academies and universities.

Wireless in education has a demanding list of requirements. It must cover large school grounds, yet reach every corner of a classroom. It must support multimedia applications while providing secure connectivity for staff, students, and guests.

Limited budgets and IT staff add further strain to the equation. Ruckus smart Wi-Fi could be just what you need.

Ruckus Wireless and Net-Ctrl are running a special promotion exclusively for education that will save your school money, whilst still providing you with an award winning enterprise grade wireless solution.

We will work with you to build a solution that it purposefully designed for your site and your wireless ambitions.

We can combine any number of access points, including the 11ac R700 unit. This offer will expire on the 30th September.

If you’re unsure on the number of access points your site needs to achieve site wide smart WiFi and have some accurate site plans available, send them to sales@net-ctrl.com for a free predictive site survey. We will be able to provide you with predictive heat maps, AP counts, signal strength, signal coverage and more. Find out about our wireless site surveys.

 

Why You Should Choose Net-Ctrl

Net-Ctrl have installed Ruckus into over 400 education sites around the UK, many of which we provide an on-going wireless support service to. We have worked hard at achieving the top level partner status within Ruckus, which means we can offer you the best possible price, and you have the confidence in knowing that you’re buying from a fully trained and certified Ruckus Wireless partner

 

Ruckus Wireless Reaches New Heights with Wi-Fi Tech

September 11th, 2014

This is an edited article taken from Nasdaq – click for original article.

Wi-Fi is a great thing as long as you have immediate and easy access to the signal and don’t find yourself chasing it around the room just to stay connected.

The problem is many Wi-Fi signals are weak. They can get blocked or redirected, or they lack the capacity to support multiple devices.

Ruckus’ technology addresses Wi-Fi capacity and coverage problems caused by the ever-increasing amount of traffic and noise or interference on wireless networks, mainly due to a rise in the use of smartphones and tablets.

Smartphone Connection

Its gear is in high demand amid a corresponding boom in demand for more and better Wi-Fi technology.

“Because of the smartphone phenomenon, data capacity keeps expanding, and Wi-Fi has become the de facto way users want to connect,” said David Callisch, Ruckus’ vice president of corporate marketing. “Our innovations transform Wi-Fi into more of a wire like experience in terms of reliability.”

It does so by providing a stronger, more direct signal for users, Callisch told IBD. That’s important because so many different factors can disrupt a signal.

“If you are in a warehouse, for example, every time something changes or moves, the Wi-Fi environment changes,” Callisch said. “If you have 50 different access points, you can’t go changing all the antennas at once.”

Ruckus‘ technology creates a “dynamic” antenna that moves the Wi-Fi signal around the same way a lighthouse moves its beam, he says. “Because it is focused, the signal is inherently stronger, so users get higher data rates.”

Many of Ruckus’ customers are small and midsize enterprises that want to deliver better Wi-Fi services to staff and customers.

“Their antenna technology is far superior because it works in high-density environments like hotels and factories. Factories have a lot of cement, and hotels have a lot of walls, and you need a strong signal for Wi-Fi to work effectively,” said Catharine Trebnick, analyst at Dougherty, an investment bank and brokerage firm.

Ruckus’ customers also include service providers, such as telecoms and cable companies, that want to gain more business by providing better Wi-Fi services to customers.

“Cable operators are using our Wi-Fi technology to enable them to reduce churn with subscribers,” Seamus Hennessy, Ruckus’ chief financial officer, told IBD. “Ruckus is benefiting because our core technology lets the network operate almost like a utility.”

Apple Watch, Google Fiber

Ruckus is expected to land more business as new products such as smartwatches grow in popularity.

“Apple ( AAPL ) and Samsung have launched mobile watches, and that’s going to require even more Wi-Fi,” analyst Trebnick told IBD. “Wi-Fi is becoming ubiquitous, so that’s the driver that’s not going to ever go away.”

She says Ruckus also stands to benefit from Google ‘s (GOOGL) fiber-optics network, which got started around Kansas City, Kan., and has expanded into Provo, Utah, and Austin, Texas. Google is expected to roll out the Google Fiber fast-broadband service into more than 30 U.S. cities as well as other countries.

Among the customers that Google wants to target with the network are small to midsize businesses, Trebnick says.

“It hasn’t been confirmed, but everybody believes Ruckus will be one of the primary suppliers of Wi-Fi when Google does this,” she said.

Ruckus executives wouldn’t comment on the Google Fiber rumours.

For now, the company has plenty of business to keep it occupied. Ruckus was founded in 2004 and had its initial public offering in November 2012. It has been profitable since 2009 and expects to keep growing those profits in coming quarters and years.

“We’ve made significant investments in R&D over last few years, and we’re now at a position where revenue is growing faster than R&D spending,” Hennessy said. “We have also achieved operating efficiencies that led to higher gross margins.”

“We are in a significant growth cycle for Wi-Fi over the next couple of years because of the proliferation of devices,” Hennessy said. “We feel we are in a good position to take advantage of that because of our technology.”

 

Two Men, a Two Kilometre P2P Link and Some Ruckus Wireless Access Points

September 11th, 2014
Some of the Net-Ctrl team take wireless outdoors with the Ruckus Wireless 7731 Point-to-Point ZoneFlex access points to achieve a two kilometre connection over some tricky terrain.

Last week one of our senior wireless engineers and an account manager visited a customer site to test a planned point-to-point (PTP) link. They were using the Ruckus Wireless 7731 access points for a two kilometre link. The 7731 outdoor access point utilises a patented dual-polarised directional smart antenna system that is capable of supporting a maximum fifteen kilometre link. In theory, the posed two kilometre link shouldn’t be a problem.

Before visiting the site our engineer had performed some predictive tests, which all came back suggesting a good link was achievable over the area in question. All good so far. However, as everyone in wireless knows, wireless and RF is an unpredictable beast, which is why performing live tests and surveys for any proposed wireless project is a MUST.

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Outdoor P2P Mast

Our team turned up with two of the 7731 access points and two seventeen metre telescopic masts in order to achieve the required height. These particular masts are a valuable bit of kit in the wireless engineer tool box, especially as they compact down to less than two metres.

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Ruckus 7731 on our Mast

Each mast was placed at ground level, where the final access point would be installed. Due to a few limitation and aesthetic requirements our team was very limited to the locations where we could mount the Non-Root node on the building. This would limit the chances for a successful connection if the only available location failed due to obstructions further down the link.

Despite our teams best efforts the link did not work due to a plot of very high trees intruding too much on the Fresnel Zone. To try and combat this, we tried the 10 degree beam width antennas in an attempt to reduce the Fresnel Zone created by the link, unfortunately it still failed.

This is a great example of the importance of performing on-site PTP link tests. The planning tools suggested it should work and to the eye it looked good, but with wireless you never know until you test and test again.

The good news is we are working closely with the customer and their restraints on a way around the obstruction.

The next action is to “dog leg” the link by finding a common vantage point for both ends to achieve a clear line of site.

Watch this space.