Dubai, UAE, 4th March 2013: GEMS Education, an international K-12 education company based in Dubai, has teamed up with Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN) to install a wireless network solution across all their schools in order to implement a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiative. The move to a more technology enriched environment has made GEMS Education the first education group in the region to adopt the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) across all its schools in the UAE.
Through this partnership Aruba Networks will provide GEMS Education with reliable and scalable wireless access for all their students and teachers. They will have secured Wi-Fi coverage to access the school network and internet.
Aruba Networks will be using their ClearPass Access Management Solution to ensure a wide variety and quantity of devices that students and teachers will bring, including smart phones, tablets and wireless enabled e-readers, will be accommodated within the network installed. This solution will also help to accommodate the wireless access needs of guests visiting the schools.
Hervé Marchet, Group Chief Technology Officer at GEMS Education said: “It is of utmost importance that platforms of knowledge and learning must move with the times and be updated on the current and upcoming technological trends. BYOD introduces more innovative and interactive methods that open up ground for more unique methods of teaching and learning in GEMS Schools, using the devices that students have constant access to these days. Hence, why we need to equip our students and faculty alike to adopt and prepare for these changes that affect the ways of teaching and learning on a daily basis. From an organisation point of view, adopting a BYOD solution also proves to be extremely cost effective and the solutions proposed by Aruba Networks will help us to implement BYOD in GEMS Schools in an efficient manner.”
Zeeshan Hadi, Territory Manager for UAE at Aruba Networks, added: “We are pleased to be part of GEMS initiative that embraces tools like Aruba Clearpass to make education more interactive and takes education to the devices the students are familiar with and use even at their homes. Aruba delivers a comprehensive solution to enable BYOD and ensures that the solution is secure and easy to use by students and the employees”
About GEMS Education:
Founded in 1959 GEMS Education is an international K – 12 education company. Its vision is to be the world’s leading provider of quality education, enriching the lives of millions of children and the communities in which they live. GEMS Education works across both the Private and Public sectors. In the Private sector the company is the largest kindergarten to grade 12 education provider in the world. It educates 130,000 students from over 150 nationalities across four continents. GEMS employs over 11,000 education professionals, specialists and staff from over 80 countries. In the Public sector GEMS Education works with governments to lift school performance and improve the standards and expertise of government schools across the globe. The Varkey GEMS Foundation was established in 2010 as an independent, not-for-profit charity. Its aim is to impact 100 underprivileged children for every child enrolled in a GEMS school. The Honorary Chair of the Foundation is former US President, Bill Clinton. GEMS has offices in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the United States of America, Singapore, India, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kenya, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.
About Aruba Networks, Inc.
Aruba Networks is a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise. The company’s Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture unifies wired and wireless network infrastructures into one seamless access solution for corporate headquarters, mobile business professionals, remote workers and guests. This unified approach to access networks enables IT organizations and users to securely address the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, dramatically improving productivity and lowering capital and operational costs.
Listed on the NASDAQ and Russell 2000® Index, Aruba is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions. To learn more, visit Aruba at www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com.