VAR Pervasive Networks has deployed wireless networking kit for cruise operator Carnival UK, including installing the technology on its newest and flashiest ship.
The Berkshire-based integrator rolled out Aruba Networks 802.11n gear at Carnival's recently opened UK headquarters in Southampton, where 1,200 workers are based. The technology was also installed on P&O's Azura cruise ship, which was launched in April. Pervasive – an Aruba Platinum Partner – has also been contracted to provide continued support for the wireless network.
The project is designed to provide internet access throughout Azura's crew area, which Carnival claims is a rarity on cruise ships. The cruise firm is also using Aruba's Virtual Branch Networks (VBN) product on a trial basis. The VBN technology aims to provide remote workers with access to the corporate network.
Carnival UK's IT infrastructure manager David Binks said: "Cruise ships present an altogether unique set of challenges for Wi-Fi, and it would be an understatement to say that a ship’s all-steel construction makes for a hostile wireless environment.
“Wireless connectivity is no longer just a convenience but has become a necessity for staff, and visitors to the office and passengers on our ships. We chose Aruba for our headquarters facility because its flexible system architecture and enterprise-class security accommodated our high client density and guest access requirements."
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