Endeka Delivers a Morale Boost to U.S. Military and Government Personnel with Reliable High Speed Internet Access Using Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Ruckus Wireless(TM) today announced that Endeka Inc., has selected and standardized on Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi products to outfit military bases and select federal agencies across the country with high-capacity, reliable Wi-Fi. Endeka, a managed service provider and enterprise applications integrator, specializes in large-scale federal and military installations with unique indoor and outdoor wireless access and backhaul requirements – catering to the transient nature of government and military operations.
In recent times, a major concern within all the branches of the military has been how to best provide social connectivity and online services that aren’t necessarily related to combat and warfare to troops and their families. Next generation Wi-Fi technology, that extends the range and increases the reliability of signals, is widely viewed as the ideal solution for delivering video, social networking and gaming services to troops in barracks or for federal law enforcement staff.
In conjunction with one of its integration partners, Connect802, San Diego, CA-based Endeka is deploying tens of thousands of indoor and outdoor Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi access points (APs) at federal government training facilities and military bases nationwide.
The new Wi-Fi equipment is now being used by Endeka to support a wide range of onsite, IP-based applications such as social networking, voice over IP, retail point of sale, digital signage, gaming and video streaming. Its current projects will add over 90,000 federal subscribers by 2012.
“Troop morale is a top priority within the military, and providing social connections to families, friends and fellow marines is key to keeping these personnel motivated and happy,” said Tim Rout, founder and president of Endeka, Inc. “When it comes to wireless connectivity and access, these Federal facilities must deal with some of the same enterprise issues, such as high user densities, more smart devices, interference and security, but on a much larger scale.”
The Ruckus Wi-Fi equipment now gives troops, trainees and military personnel much-needed connectivity to friends and family back home. The new high-speed Wi-Fi products were chosen based on advanced Wi-Fi technology that better supports latency-sensitive applications and highly dense and challenging mobile environments on military bases and training facilities. According to Endeka, many of these federal and military buildings are constructed like bunkers with concrete cinderblocks and steel materials that present RF propagation challenges. Delivering excellent quality of service requires specialized equipment and extensive design experience in these environments.
Prior to selecting and deploying the Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi solution, the various federal organizations had no wireless connectivity systems in place, due to the challenges with propagating RF signals. Additionally, there were concerns about security related to wireless networking.
“The new Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi solution uniquely addresses any security concerns that previously existed, because the network is completely separate from and unrelated to the IT infrastructure already in place,” said Hans Petersen, CEO of Endeka.
“With a robust Wi-Fi access solution in place, military and federal agency personnel can feel close to loved ones across the miles, which helps them stay focused on keeping the country safe,” said Petersen. He noted that the Ruckus Wi-Fi infrastructure was among the most affordable, robust and easy to integrate with other security and authentication systems in place enabling a highly reliable wireless solution that caters to the transient nature of military troops and federal agency trainees.
Smart Wi-Fi: High-Capacity Connectivity and Flexibility
“With traditional Wi-Fi technology, we would have had to place an access point in every room to get adequate coverage and data rates,” said Joe Bardwell, president of Connect802. “But with the adaptive antenna arrays integrated into the Ruckus gear, we’ve been able use fewer APs to cover large physical areas with much higher signal gain and access speeds.”
Bardwell noted that Endeka is also using Ruckus technology to take advantage of each location’s geographic attributes. High-performance 802.11n bridges provide a cost-effective way to bring broadband bandwidth into facilities and for backhaul while outdoor mesh AP are used to provide access as well as to distribute that capacity between buildings.
Various government training facilities and military bases often include anywhere from one to 200 buildings at each location. Endeka has modeled a scalable, unified indoor/outdoor Wi-Fi system at each site.
Endeka’s Network Operations Center (NOC) handles policy control and user access. As the managed wireless services provider, Endeka provides each government agency with 24/7 end user support, and cloud-based authentication for nationwide roaming, which allows individuals accessing the Wi-Fi network to seamlessly roam to other locations throughout the U.S. with the same log-in credentials.
Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi is designed to uniquely overcome the physical and technical challenges of bringing high-performance Internet access to hospitality environments with indoor/outdoor, high-capacity coverage requirements. Smart Wi-Fi is developed with state-of-the-art adaptive antenna technology that extends signal range and automatically adapts to changes in the environment that degrade performance. Access points integrate a patented smart antenna array that focuses and directs Wi-Fi signals over the best signal path, automatically avoiding interference with other devices to ensure consistent performance and high data rates.
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Endeka is an end-to-end Wireless Internet Services Provider (WISP) and Managed Services Operator (MSO) for campus/MDU wireless Internet systems. The company’s engineers and technologists have been building solutions for government and corporate sites since 2004. In funding, design, implementation and 24×7 customer care the firm emphasizes innovative but proven solutions for internet, VoIP and IPTV.
Founded in 1994, Connect802 Corporation is a privately held California corporation with headquarters in San Ramon, California and a field engineering office in Knoxville, Tennessee. Connect802 designs, sells and deploys secure, cost-effective wireless data network systems for Internet access, file server and database access, wireless Voice-over-IP, video camera surveillance, access control, RFID backhaul, environmental control and security systems, roaming robots, inventory control, and mobile handheld devices.
About Ruckus Wireless, Inc.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Ruckus Wireless is supplier of advanced wireless systems for the mobile networking market. The company markets and manufactures a wide range of indoor and outdoor “Smart Wi-Fi” products for mobile operators, broadband service providers and corporate enterprises. Ranked as the top telecom company in the 2009 Inc. Magazine 500 list and named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, Ruckus Wireless has realized dramatic growth. With nearly 50 patents granted to date, Ruckus invented state-of-the-art wireless technology that focuses and directs signals over the best performing paths, automatically adapting them to changing environmental conditions. This unique capability extends signal range and ensures consistent reliable distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi. The company has raised $51 million in funding from premier investors such as Sequoia Capital, Focus Ventures, Sutter Hill, Motorola, T-Ventures, Telus Ventures and Firelake Capital. The company is led by Ms. Selina Lo, president and chief executive officer. For more information, visit Ruckus Wireless at http://www.ruckuswireless.com.
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