University Hospital Antwerp (UZA) builds powerful wireless network

The University Hospital of Antwerp (UZA) replaced its wireless network environment in March 2010.
At the same time, it also expanded its data network significantly. According to the specifications, the choice was for an Aerohive solution from Nextel. This was more powerful and guaranteed more efficient management, excellent security and very affordable maintenance.
Since then, UZA has evolved into one big site where doctors, nursing staff, facility employees, patients and visitors can continually use the local data network and the Internet

CHALLENGES

  • Building a powerful wireless network for patients, visitors, staff and students.
  • Enhancing security and simplifying management.
  • Providing room for growth in bandwidth.

SOLUTIONS

  • A robust, fault-tolerant and flexible wireless network infrastructure with mesh infrastructure. 
  • Access Points that prevent a single-point-of-failure.
  • Training courses for technicians for the single-handed management of the exchange.

BENEFITS

  • Flexible wireless network that can cope with all applications.
  • Free Internet for patients, students and staff.
  • A lower total cost of ownership.
 

For existing applications such as the electronic nursing file and medication management, we have noticed a significant improvement in terms of speed, coverage and fault tolerance.

Wolf Wauters, ICT infrastructure manager at the UZA



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