Abu Dhabi: Yas Mall to offer mall-wide public wifi

The fully integrated wireless networking system includes access points, mobility controllers, guest management and reporting and monitoring tools

Aruba's AirWave Network Management platform was also implemented in Yas Mall.
Aruba's AirWave Network Management platform was also implemented in Yas Mall.

Abu Dhabi's Yas Mall has deployed a fully integrated wireless networking solution from Aruba, a Hewlett Packard (HP) Enterprise company.

The network includes access points (APs), mobility controllers, guest management and reporting and monitoring tools which will provide visitors with high-speed, wireless internet connectivity across the mall.

The implementation that was carried out by MDS Systems Integration, a UAE-based system integration partner of Aruba, has set up a platform for future deployment of new mobile engagement solutions.

“Yas Mall is proud to welcome thousands of visitors every day and so consequentially it’s crucial that our bandwidth capacity can tender to all of the guests without disruptions. Through our advanced wireless services, Yas Mall delivers to its customers the ability to maintain seamless communications and share their experiences with their friends and family, and they can remain connected at all times,” said Feras Al Atari, IT Manager, Yas Mall.

To ensure that the wireless solution meets the requirements of its customers, while also serving as a platform for future innovation, Feras and his team decided to leverage 802.11ac technology. It was Aruba’s leadership in this domain that made it a clear choice for the project. “Aruba is a market leader in providing wireless solutions and we were keen to partner with them in improving our customers’ experience,” continued Feras.

To support the high-density of simultaneous connections, Aruba’s ultra-fast 220-series 802.11ac APs were selected. For the mall, a standout feature of these APs was the in-built ClientMatch technology that automatically shifts client devices to the best AP, giving users a consistently high quality of coverage as they roam through the expanse of the property.

It was also decided to utilize Aruba’s 7200 series Mobility Controller which not only eliminates manual configuration of individual APs, but also automates software updates of all APs on the network.

Aruba's AirWave Network Management platform was also implemented as it would give administrators detailed metrics and complete insight into the Wi-Fi network, thus allowing them to proactively plan for capacity, visualise client performance and troubleshoot application issues.

“We are already working with Aruba on the next phase which is a unique project that will be implemented for the first time in Abu Dhabi. It involves the integration of social media platforms with our wireless technology,” said Feras.

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