University of Deusto in Spain selects Alcatel-Lucent to connect students and researchers with access to advanced services
Date: Wed, 04/08/2009 - 11:59
Alcatel-Lucent announced it has been selected by the University of Deusto, one of the most prestigious universities in Spain, to deploy a fixed and mobile network in its CRAI (Resources Center for Learning and Research) building. The new network will provide to the almost 1,500 people at the University a wider range of services and a richer user experience
Thanks to this solution deployment, installed by Ambar Telecomunicaciones, the Alcatel-Lucent Business Partner for this project, the new CRAI building is now integrated with the University’s communications network to enable students, teachers, researchers and staff to use all the services supported by the network, access information in real time and facilitate more productive work.
The new CRAI Library is built as a Resources Center for Learning and Research, a place for continuous training and a cultural meeting point for students. It is designed to provide access to information resources needed for the University of Deusto community, for professors and researchers from around the world, as well as for institutions and enterprises.
The new solution will serve more than 40 professionals supporting the different CRAI services connected to the network, including voice services (IP Telephony) as well as access to information services such as user service, cataloguing, borrowing service, space bookings. More than 60 job carrels designed for teachers and researchers will be equipped with voice and data services access via LAN. Additionally, the network will serve 1,400 student and pupil teamwork desks distributed in reference and multimedia rooms, with more than 100 personal computers connected and other spaces as study rooms, seminars, practices and work rooms with access to ICT services through the WiFi network.
Iñaki Fuertes, IT Director at the University of Deusto, said, “We appreciate the exceptional effort and service quality that we have experienced in this project to deploy the new CRAI building communications network.Despite the short time frame to develop the project, the final result has been very positive and strengthens our trust in Alcatel-Lucent and Ambar Telecommunications. I am confident our fruitful collaboration with these technology partners will continue in future projects for the coming year.”
"Wireless technologies are mature and provide the security, availability and ease of use that universities require to provide differentiated service to employees and students. Customers like University of Deusto leading the industry by leveraging their investment in communications to differentiate themselves and their programs", said Rafael Martinez, Alcatel-Lucent’s Marketing Director for enterprise solutions in Iberia.
According to David Salces, Project Manager at Ambar Telecomunicaciones, "We have achieved the main customer expectations and requirements in the project implementation. Both at the technology level, with a network design for high availability, as in the deadlines established by the customer, which were really tight due to the need to meet the building’s opening date. This has required a great effort for all parties involved in the project".
The solution for the fixed network is based on the OmniSwitch 6850 technology, the family of Alcatel-Lucent Gigabit Ethernet Level 3 switches with a redundant design for high availability.
For the wireless network, the solution installed is a centralized switching system based on an OmniAccess Wireless 6000 controller with a capacity of up to 128 access points, and 64 access points AP-61 distributed in the building different floors to provide a wide area of in-building Wi-Fi coverage.About University of Deusto
University of Deusto was founded in 1886. It counts with two campuses located in Bilbao and San Sebastian and has more than 200 education agreements with other Universities in Europe and Latin America. With a mobility of near 1,300 students and 50 teachers, the graduated colleges, high schools and other institutions are also implicated in intensive programs, European modules and curricular designs for various levels, participating at the same time in trans border activities, integrated languages, open and distance learning (ODL), and programs called Leonardo. All areas of the University adopt the European credit system in 1994 and working in its promotion and quality.
About AMBAR Telecomunicaciones
AMBAR Telecomunicaciones, System Integrator, brings converged solutions for voice, data, security and image. Ambar achieved revenues of Euro 10 million in 2007, and since its creation in 1994, its expansion has been notably increasing the business offices in A Coruña, Barcelona, Bilbao, Burgos, Madrid, Málaga, Oviedo, Santander and Valladolid. Ambar Telecomunicaciones has the know-how, technical qualified Experts and resources to design and implement the most innovative Project of Engineering, Consultant, Technical Direction and maintenance, taking advantage on its strategic Partners agreements, the most state of the art in the market.