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Largest SEA education wireless network goes live

22 April 2013

The largest education wireless environment in Southeast Asia, NUS' integrated high-speed network covers all office space and open areas on the Kent Ridge and Bukit Timah campuses, including University Town

NUS is the first educational institution in Singapore to have Wi-Fi on campus shuttle services

NUS students, staff and visitors on the Kent Ridge and Bukit Timah campuses are now able to access their mobile devices and computers wirelessly when travelling on the internal buses between the two locations. Enabling this innovative pilot service is the recently completed enhancement of a high-speed network - the largest education wireless environment in Southeast Asia - spearheaded by NUS Computer Centre, in collaboration with NCS and Cisco over two years. The improved pervasive wireless access covers all academic and office space as well as open areas in both campuses, including University Town.

Besides addressing mobility needs, the network provides high levels of performance and scalability, while simplifying management. The integrated approach towards ubiquitous wireless coverage sees NUS' participation in eduroam for Wi-Fi roaming with overseas institutions - such as Duke University, Harvard University, Yale University, King's College London and University of Cambridge - and coverage of the Wireless@SG network for campus visitors.

The first educational institution in Singapore to have Wi-Fi on campus shuttle services, the innovation involved the challenging task of adjusting the environment in 19 buses such as power, mounting and delay timer, to make it adequate for the Wi-Fi equipment onboard. Computer Centre teamed up with the NUS Office of Estate and Development, and Interactive and Digital Media Institute to overcome the issue.

The wireless environment helps to better the learning experience dynamically by connecting the campus community and visitors to key resources around the clock. The secure wireless infrastructure integrates seamlessly with NUS' existing network for centralised management and connectivity across devices. Intelligent technology from Cisco exploiting wireless mesh modes maximises network availability and performance, cleverly learning the best way to route traffic through the 3,200 wireless access points (WAPs). For instance, if one point is affected, the other adjacent WAPs dynamically adjust to take over the load to minimise any possible impact.

Senior Director of Computer Centre Mr Tommy Hor said: "We will continue to enhance our infrastructure and leverage on the emerging technologies and expertise available today, to provide comprehensive IT support to meet the needs of our faculty, staff and students."

The Centre is next looking at equipping selected areas on campus with enhanced Wi-Fi service supporting high-density usage to facilitate the development of innovative teaching and learning on campus.