Aruba to showcase AI-powered tech at Mobility Conference in Dubai

New 802.11ax family series APs that serve as an IoT connect platform to be demonstrated at event

The transition to the digital workplace requires that the campus network evolve to support anticipated increase in IoT devices, said Emara.
The transition to the digital workplace requires that the campus network evolve to support anticipated increase in IoT devices, said Emara.

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, will showcase the company’s newly launched 510 series 802.11ax enterprise access points combined with Aruba AI-powered innovations for campus deployments at the Aruba Mobility Conference 2019 taking place in Dubai today.

Gamal Emara, country manager, UAE at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company said, “The transition to the digital workplace requires that the campus network evolve to support the demands of a highly mobile workforce and the anticipated increase in IoT devices. As organisations in the Middle East outfit new buildings or upgrade existing Wi-Fi deployments, the introduction of Aruba’s 802.11ax access points will provide the performance and future proofing needed to deliver enhanced services for years to come.

“In addition to standards based 802.11ax features, the Aruba advantage includes AI and machine learning that automatically optimises the network – regardless of user, IoT device or applications being used. We are excited to showcase these innovations at the Aruba Mobility Conference in Dubai,” he added.

802.11ax access points

The 510 series is designed to simultaneously serve multiple clients and traffic types in dense environments, and boosts overall network performance by up to 4X versus 802.11ac APs. In addition to the benefits that 802.11ax delivers, the 510 series provide several new capabilities which include AI-powered Wi-Fi performance assurance, always-on connectivity, and WFA WPA3 and OWE certified security. The AI-powered Green AP mode offers substantial AI-powered energy savings.

The 510 series support an integrated Bluetooth 5 and Zigbee radio, as well as a USB port for more flexibility, providing secure and reliable connectivity for IoT devices and for implementing location services. For example, the 802.15.4 Radio can be used for food safety sensors, door locking systems etc. The Bluetooth Radio could be used for wayfinding and geofencing, while the USB ports can be used to enable cellular interfaces.

802.11ax-ready switches

Aruba has also expanded the Aruba 2930M Switch Series with Layer 3 access switches optimised for the new requirements of the 802.11ax environment.

Aruba’s switches enable enterprises to integrate the wireless-wired foundation in order to deliver scalability, security and high-performance for campus and branch networks.

High power 802.3bt support is available to power up IoT, 802.11ax APs, and other network devices. Multi-gig “Smart Rate” ports and modular uplinks help futureproof the network with more speed.

Dynamic segmentation gives IT teams a simple way to apply policies, utilise advanced services and securely segment wired user and IoT traffic anywhere in the network via tunnels – using Port-Based Tunnel (PBT) with authentication done on controller or via a User-Based Tunnel (UBT) with authentication done at the Aruba switch.

These switches are Cloud manageable with Aruba Central or on-premise with Aruba Airwave. These switches allow for scalable and resilient stacking and can be configured with Zero Touch Deployment.

NetInsight AI-powered automation & assurance

Major factors that affect the Digital Edge and form a performance and experience perspectives are how well the wireless infrastructure is configured and the capabilities and behaviour of clients, including IoT devices.

By collecting and analysing traffic, client, RF characteristics and topology data for each access point and connected client, NetInsight uniquely understands both network operations and client behaviour. As a result, a network configuration or other variables can be tuned based on real data and activity. This includes how many clients are connected, what applications are being used, as well as changing roaming patterns.

The use of artificial intelligence and machine learning with Aruba NetInsight works seamlessly with Aruba access points to intelligently and automatically place access points into sleep mode when connectivity demands stop, and then wake them when demand for service returns.

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