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December 20, 2012

Rex Healthcare Deploys Wireless Network Based on the Aruba Mobile Virtual Enterprise (Move) Architecture

Earlier today, in order to deliver secure and reliable access to the organization's Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and wireless patient monitoring devices, Aruba Networks Inc., announced that a member of UNC Health Care in Raleigh, North Carolina, Rex Healthcare, has deployed a wireless network based on the Aruba Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture.

By enabling employees to connect to the network on their personal smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, the network also supports Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). After evaluating numerous wireless network vendors, Rex Healthcare found that Aruba offered the most cost-effective, easy-to-manage solution for its needs.

Bryan Safrit, senior network architect for Rex Healthcare, stated that while allowing it to build the redundancy it needed into the solution, Aruba's solution, with the AirWave Management System and centralized controllers, made deployment and management easy. Rex Healthcare found that the Aruba solution was also ideal for handling its BYOD challenges.

"We can use the device fingerprinting enabled by Aruba OS to distinguish easily between, for example, a credentialed doctor using an iPhone to access critical patient information and a guest in the waiting room watching Netflix on his iPad," Safrit added.

Moreover, for the network upgrade, accommodating the growing number of wireless medical devices accessing Rex Healthcare's network including blood glucose meters, specimen collection devices, EKG equipment, PACS transmission equipment and IV pumps, was also a key driver.

Additionally, Rex also offers a wireless guest network for patients, guests, or co-workers. Rex also deployed four Aruba 3000 and 6000 Series Mobility Controllers, 408 Aruba access points including the AP-125s, AP-105s, AP-93s and AP-135s, and the AirWave Management System, in order to satisfy all of these needs. Using the Airwave Management System, Rex's IT team has gained valuable insight into how co-workers and guests are using the wireless network.

Edited by Carlos Olivera

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