Taiwanís National Center for Traditional Arts Deploys Nortel Wireless Mesh Network
24-Hectare CampusĎHotzoneíEnables Indoor/Outdoor Wireless Broadband Access
JANUARY 10, 2006, TAIPEI, Taiwan - The National Center for Traditional Arts (NCFTA), a major Taiwan cultural complex and tourist attraction, has deployed a Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] wireless mesh network to enable anywhere, anytime wireless broadband access across its 24-hectare campus.
While touring NCFTA, visitors can use any wireless device both indoors and outdoors to access wireless communications, including the Centerís advanced wireless multimedia guide describing its works of art and displays. In addition, students of NCFTAís e-learning program can access courseware remotely via a wireless broadband connection.
The network was implemented by Nortel in association with Taiwan business partners, Acer and eASPNet. Acer created demo scenarios and integrated wireless applications for this project, and eASPnet provided services such as network planning and access point installation.
The Nortel Wireless Mesh Network covers NCTFAís exhibition center, two theatres, student dormitories and three relocated historical buildings within the 24-hectare site. The Nortel wireless broadband solution is also being widely deployed in the cities of Taipei and Kaohsiung as part of the governmentís M-Taiwan cyber-city initiative.
ďThis NCFTA deployment demonstrates the powerful role that todayís wireless technology can play in helping promote traditional arts among tourists and students of Taiwanís culture,Ē said Jackson Wu, managing director, Taiwan, Nortel. ďAt the same time, the new NCFTA network underlines Nortelís continuing commitment to support Taiwanís ongoing evolution into a world-class showcase for wireless broadband innovation.Ē
Nortelís wireless mesh network solution uses wireless links to connect access points in large open areas to provide secure, seamless access to wireless broadband services. The solution is designed to allow organizations to install WLANs in areas where it is difficult or cost-prohibitive to run cables. The solution for NCFTA includes Nortelís Wireless Access Point 7220 and Wireless Gateway 7250. Because the network uses IEEE 802.11 standards, users with Wi-Fi enabled laptop computers or handheld computing devices can access the network without adding new hardware or software.
The Nortel wireless mesh solution is attracting growing interest among organizations around the world, with municipal deployments spanning Taipei and Kaohsiung, and the six-acre press site at NASAís Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Many universities have also selected the Nortel solution to enhance student services, including Edith Cowan University in Australia, Jinan University in China, Seowan University in Korea and the University of Arkansas in the U.S. Trials are also underway at National Taiwan University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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