Valley Children’s Hospital is a nonprofit, state-of-the-art, children’s hospital on a 50-acre campus in Madera, California, with a medical staff of more than 550 physicians. With 356 licensed beds, Valley Children’s Hospital is one of the largest hospitals of its type in the nation. One of the core values the hospital embraces is incorporating new ideas, technology and methods to improve the care and services it provides.
Internet of Everything has led to an explosion of wireless devices in the hospital from patient care to guest access. The following blog highlights how the IT Support and Technical Services staff enable the following business outcomes using best-in-class, highly available wireless technology from Cisco:
- Deliver Emergency Health Records to emergency staff on hundreds of virtual desktops and tablets from the patient’s bedside.
- Keep nurses connected to patients, doctors and staff via Cisco IP Phones and
- Provide free internet access to patients, family members and friends
Location: Main campus Madera, California, with several remote sites from Modesto to Bakersfield Read More »
Tags: 802.11ac, Access Point 3702i, Cisco Mobility, Internet of Everything, IoE, Non-stop Wireless, Valley Childrens Hospital
Has your wireless network help you identify the closest Printer to you? That’s exactly the kind of problems Cisco wireless is helping solve at Vanderbilt University.
Located in the heart of Nashville, TN, the Vanderbilt campus consists of Vanderbilt University (VU) and Vanderbilt University Medical center (VUMC).
Cisco Wireless at Vanderbilt serves about 33,000 users (12,500 students and 20,500 staff) everyday from the University and medical center. Vanderbilt spans across 324 buildings, which includes 35 medical centers.
One of the key elements about the wireless network at Vanderbilt is the requirement to support stringent standards to serve as a Medical Grade Network (MGN).
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Tags: Apple TV, bonjour services, Cisco Mobility, Cisco Wireless, Cisco WLC, Vanderbilt University, VLAN
In this short series of blogs, we’re spending some time looking at the lesser known but undeservedly underappreciated amendments to 802.11 and the features/benefits they provide.
The first blog explained the basics of 802.11k “WLAN Radio Measurements” and specifically zoomed in on the Neighbor Request/Report.
This blog will focus on the 802.11r amendment.
Fast BSS Transition (802.11r)
Fast BSS Transition (often abbreviated to Fast Transition or FT) describes mechanisms by which a mobile device can reestablish existing security and/or QoS parameters prior to reassociating to a new AP. These mechanisms are referred to as “fast” because they seek to significantly reduce the length of time that connectivity is interrupted between a mobile device and Wi-Fi infrastructure when that mobile device is connecting to a new AP. Please note that the process of disconnecting from one AP and connecting to another AP is formally designated as a “BSS transition”. Therefore, the protocols established by FT apply to mobile device transitions between APs only within the same mobility domain and within the same ESS (ESS transition is out of scope for FT). Since both reassociation and reauthentication are time critical processes, removing time consuming message exchanges between the mobile device and the infrastructure help reduce interruption to high value services (e.g., voice and/or video) when transitioning from one AP to another especially in a strongly secure WLAN (i.e, one using 802.1x and EAP methods for authentication).
Because Fast BSS Transition reestablishes existing parameters, the protocols require that information be exchanged during the initial association (or at a subsequent reassociation) between the mobile device (formally referred to as the FT Originator (FTO)) and an AP. The initial exchange is referred to as the FT initial mobility domain association. Subsequent reassociations to APs within the same mobility domain are expected to utilize the FT protocols.
Two basic FT protocols are described:
- FT Protocol. This protocol is performed when a mobile devices transitions from one AP to another AP but does not require a resource request prior to its transition. The AP selected by the mobile device for reassociation is referred to as the “target AP”.
- FT Resource Request Protocol. This protocol is performed when a mobile device requires a resource request prior to its transition.
For a mobile device to transition from the AP it is currently associated with to a target AP, the FT protocol message exchanges are performed using one of two methods:
- Over-the-Air. The mobile device communicates directly with the target AP using IEEE 802.11 authentication with the FT authentication algorithm.
- Over-the-DS. The mobile device communicates with the target AP via the current AP. Communications between the mobile device and the target AP are encapsulated within FT Action frames between the mobile device and the current AP. Communications between the current AP and the target AP, occurs via a different encapsulation method. The current AP converts between the two encapsulation methods.
Over the Air message exchange (excerpted from IEEE 802.11-2012)
Over the DS message exchange (excerpted from IEEE 802.11-2012) Read More »
Tags: 802.11r, AAA authentication server, Cisco Mobility, Fast BSS Transition, IEEE, Neighbor Report, wi-fi, wlan
Guest Wi-Fi has become a must-have, not a nice-to-have requirement for our customers. Today, let’s talk about building customer engagement through guest Wi-Fi and how CMX Connect creates a new guest Wi-Fi experience. We also have a special offer to share if you’re interested in trying out CMX (Connected Mobile Experiences) Connect.
Offering Guest Wi-Fi is a No-Brainer
Have you ever found yourself constantly checking emails on your phone, whether you are in the supermarket, a sport stadium or your doctor’s office? We live in a connected world so when people lose their Internet connectivity, they feel as uncomfortable as if they are walking in the dark. According to a Cisco report , one in every three college students and young professionals believes the Internet is as important as air, water, food, and shelter. At college games, fans often leave at half time if they cannot connect to the Internet to post photos or tweet comments . Offering guest Wi-Fi has become a must, not an option, for most of our customers across all verticals such as retail, healthcare, sports and entertainments, and education.
Guest Wi-Fi is an opportunity to engage and delight your visitors
So you’ve decided to offer guest Wi-Fi at your venue, but how do you make the most of it from a business standpoint? According to a Hotels.com 2013 survey, the first thing hotel guests try is the quality of guest Wi-Fi, before the quality breakfast or even the comfortable bed . So guest Wi-Fi is a perfect opportunity for you to engage your visitors and increase customer satisfaction and loyalty. With a seamless one-click mobile-first onboarding experience, visitors can check-in on your business Facebook page, or provide email information for future promotional campaign. Since you also know the context and location of your visitors, you can offer personalized and relevant information to visitors. For example, first-time parents connect to the hospital’s guest Wi-Fi in the Maternity ward can be served a video on changing a newborn’s diaper .
CMX Connect is built to address these use cases
We have made significant improvements in the CMX 10.1 release and will continue to partner with our customers in this journey. So how does CMX Connect help you improve your business?
- We have a modern and intuitive user interface so IT managers can work with the marketing team to create guest portals, collect visitors’ information, and customize promotional offers by location. You don’t need a user guide or need to write any code to create guest portals. Figure 1 shows an example of the simplicity in building a portal page. Figure 2 provides examples of guest portals built by our tool.
Figure 1. Example of the portal builder tool.
Figure 2. Example of custom guest portals Read More »
Tags: Cisco Mobility, CMX 10.1, CMX connect, connected mobile experiences, mse, wi-fi
RSL Care is one of Australia’s largest providers of retirement living, community care and aged care services with more than 28 communities throughout Queensland and New South Wales. This not-for-profit organization offers high quality Homecare, Retirement Living and Residential Aged Care services. In the words of the award-winning CEO of RSL Care: “We are focusing on guiding our customers to make the most out of life through wellbeing and independence”.
We talked to Ian Youngson, the Manager of IS Operations, to understand the wireless deployments at RSL Care. The business outcomes that the wireless deployment enables are support for a voice-over-Wi-Fi for the nurses, the ability to provide guest access to residents and visitors, as well as support for mobile devices carried by the staff and doctors.
At a Glance: Read More »
Tags: Cisco Mobility, Cisco Wireless, cmx, Indoor 3702 Access Point, IoT, Outdoor 3702 Access Point, RSL Care