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Classrooms With Wireless LAN Notebook PCs Attributed To Rise In Qualifications

NEWBURY, ENGLAND & VIENNA, AUSTRIA – Enterasys Networks™, a leader in secure, available and mobile enterprise communications solutions, announced that RoamAbout, its acclaimed wireless LAN technology, is to be deployed by the Vienna Business School, one of the largest private schools in Vienna. After completing a successful wireless pilot project involving 85 students, the Vienna Business School is to provision Notebook PCs to its 3,500 business students and faculty to facilitate the mobilisation of curriculum data and develop e-learning initiatives.

Enterasys RoamAbout Wireless Cards and Access Points will be utilised to create a new high-speed wireless campus, delivering high-availability mobile access from all student Notebook PCs to the internal network and the Internet, independent of location. The project is to be realised in association with network specialist and Enterasys channel partner Comnet.

“In our pilot study Enterasys’ RoamAbout wireless solution turned out to be perfect in terms of stability and availability,” commented Manfred Klima, Professor and IT Co-ordinator at the Vienna Business School. “A clear rise in qualifications among the students could be observed in the Notebook classes. Through the Notebook programme and new wireless LAN, we will now be able teach in a more practical way and quite simply head out into the world without ever having to leave the school.”

Fonds der Wiener Kaufmannschaft, an organisation that operates twelve business academies, business schools and colleges throughout Vienna, maintains the Vienna Business School. It attracts 3,500 students between the ages of 14 and 19.

The Enterasys 802.11b RoamAbout wireless campus will provide total network portability for the Vienna Business School, allowing students flexible access to internal education resources including coursework, teaching aids and tests, email, and the Internet for vital research and e-learning capabilities. Students receive no movement restrictions and can obtain full high-availability access irrespective of their locality within the campus.

“Independent information research, social skills, teamwork and entrepreneurial thinking are what is required by industry of our students. The use of state-of-the-art, future-orientated technologies, linked with practical training prepares our students for the demands laid on them later in their careers.” said Klima.

In the first phase of the Wireless LAN implementation, 70 RoamAbout Access Points will be installed, ensuring seamless connection to Vienna Business School’s wired LAN via a 10Base-T Ethernet connection. A RoamAbout PC Card will then be fitted to each of the 600 Notebook PCs, utilising radio frequencies to connect to the Access Points. The RoamAbout PC Card will remain connected to the network by seamlessly switching to a different Access Point as students roam throughout the network. The project is be completed by 2002.

“Enterasys has long believed that solutions, such as our RoamAbout wireless solution, can change the fundamental way that education can be delivered. The Vienna Business School project demonstrates that wireless schools can see improved educational results, allowing students access to information from wherever they need it. By not tying information to fixed access points, students can take education to where it is needed, irrespective of physical location,” said Gerard Vivier, President of Enterasys Networks, Europe, Middle East & Africa. “Enterasys believe that wireless schools are the way of the future, and if the results of Vienna Business School continue, then we can only see the process of wireless education accelerating in other parts of Europe.”

About Vienna Business School
Fonds der Wiener Kaufmannschaft, an organisation that operates twelve business academies, business schools and colleges throughout Vienna, maintains the Vienna Business School. With its new concept LEARNING-BY-DOING, it attracts 3,500 students between the ages of 14 and 19. Students work closely with local Enterprise organisations on their projects to develop the necessary skills for them to become valuable employees after finishing their education.

About Comnet Computer Networks
Comnet Computer Networks´ goal is to deliver complete networking solutions to their customers and protect their investment. Their know-how covers all elements of networking, from cabling to network components, operating systems and peripherals. With this knowledge Comnet offers customised, reliable and scalable network solutions for the future.

About Enterasys Networks
Enterasys Networks (NYSE: ETS) is a new type of company that combines a single market focus with a strong technology heritage to provide communications infrastructures for enterprise-class customers. Enterasys’ networking hardware and software offerings deliver the innovative security, availability and mobility solutions required by Global 2000 organisations coupled with the industry’s strongest service and support. Based in Rochester, New Hampshire, Enterasys was named a “Company to Watch in 2001” by CIO Magazine. For more information, visit http://www.enterasys.com

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