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NEC's Mobile WLAN gives new meaning to learning without boundaries


As colleges and universities increasingly implement wireless Internet access, teaching and learning can occur anywhere on campus. Now, with NEC’s Mobile WLAN, the concept of connections without boundaries extends even further to anywhere in North, Central and South America.

NEC’s Mobile WLAN is a self-contained, high-bandwidth wireless network that uses the latest in wireless and satellite technologies to enable collaboration within remote teams and provide complete remote access to information housed on a college or university network. In addition to enabling field teams to collect, catalog and analyze data, Mobile WLAN provides full access to their school’s network, including email, library resources and Voice-over IP telecommunications services.

Powered by a battery or generator and small enough to be mounted on a truck or sports utility vehicle, the NEC Mobile WLAN can be set up in even the most remote locations. Connection to the home network occurs through a satellite uplink.

“Essentially, the NEC Mobile WLAN can extend the institution’s information network to any location,” said Jay Krauser, general manager of the product management division, NEC Unified Solutions.

One of the most common uses for NEC’s Mobile WLAN is to provide field researchers and their students with a high-bandwidth link to their school’s network, giving them the ability to analyze and share information with each other and their peers on campus. The Mobile WLAN can accommodate multiple wireless users in an area up to 5,000 square feet, giving them the versatility to perform their work within a large site.

In addition to establishing a wireless network in a remote location, the Mobile WLAN can be used as a temporary wireless network for special events, such as athletic tournaments. It can also be used as an ad-hoc network to support recovery operations in the event of a local facilities failure or natural disaster.

“Researchers rely on instant access to their campus network in order to communicate with peers and facilitate student instruction,” explained Mr. Krauser. “As institutions of higher learning make new discoveries and invest in global research, NEC will continue to lead in developing highly-tailored, customized solutions to enable mobile users with constant connectivity.”