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April 27, 2009

Dorset County Council deploys Alcatel-Lucent’s wireless technology

To enable greater home and remote working for its staff

By CBR Staff Writer

Alcatel-Lucent and UK-based networking and security integrator Khipu Networks have announced that Dorset County Council is deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s wireless technology to enable greater home and remote working for its staff.

The wireless local area network (WLAN) network, based on Alcatel-Lucent’s OmniAccess wireless technology, is being rolled out across a number of council offices, as well as public buildings such as libraries, in order to give both council staff and the general public wireless access to network and internet resources.

Alcatel-Lucent claims that Dorset’s wireless network will help to improve staff productivity by providing them with access to central council resources and key applications at all times. By plugging in a small remote access point (AP) into any ADSL connection, workers can extend the council’s wireless service, wherever they are nationwide, creating a secure VPN tunnel from their location to the county hall’s wireless controller.

Paul Samways, ICT infrastructure officer at Dorset County Council, said: By deploying a wireless solution that offers secure and easy access to our network, irrespective of location, we’re now able to ensure that flexible working actually translates into quicker staff response times and thus a better quality of service for our citizens.

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