SOURCE: Roving Planet, Inc.

October 18, 2005 08:36 ET

Florida Community College at Jacksonville Selects Roving Planet to Control Student and Staff Access to Wireless Network

Nation's Second-Most Wired School Installs Network Commander to Provide Intelligent Guest Access Controls for New Wireless Network

WESTMINSTER, CO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 18, 2005 -- Roving Planet, a leading provider of secure guest access for wired and wireless networks, today announced that the nation's 10th largest community college, Florida Community College at Jacksonville (FCCJ), has selected Network Commander from Roving Planet to manage multiple levels of guest access for visiting faculty, traveling staff and students at its nine campuses.

Using Network Commander, FCCJ now offers free wireless services to both its student body of 60,000 and staff of 3,500 for mobile devices including laptops, PDA's and IP-based handsets. The IT staff also uses Network Commander to control VoIP phone access by security and technical staff throughout the network.

As a leading institution in the adoption of technology, FCCJ decided to expand wireless services after students and staff enjoyed wired services for the past two and a half years. In March 2002 Yahoo! Internet Life recognized the campus as the second most wired community college in the nation.

"Our biggest concern was removing the anonymity of wireless access and informing the students that we know who is on the network and what they are accessing," said Ron Smith, Director of Networks and Telecommunications at FCCJ. "After testing numerous products we selected Roving Planet as the most complete offering to provide secure guest access and user management."

FCCJ operates its wireless network on two separate virtual local area networks (VLANs) per location - one for students and the other for staff. A single Roving Planet Network Commander provides access controls on both of the VLANs using distinguishable SSIDs for each group to permit various levels of access to users.

This feature meant that FCCJ did not have to buy various platforms from multiple vendors or duplicate existing software. In addition, Network Commander allows FCCJ IT staff to shut down unapproved ports and users as well as monitor user activity and access points (AP) to discover usage patterns.

"Network Commander allows us to identify APs that are underused and then move them to closer proximity to congested APs, solving bandwidth issues around our campuses," Smith added. "We have also found that Roving Planet's reporting tool provides all of the necessary information for State audits that we are required to perform to demonstrate that we are properly authenticating users throughout the network."

FCCJ's current network consists of 140 APs at its campuses throughout two Florida counties. Through a simple authentication procedure, both staff and students can roam between campuses and access pre-approved records and files free of charge.

"Guest access is a leading concern for IT staff in higher education as well as in healthcare and the enterprise," said Dick Schulte, Roving Planet President and CEO. "Network security starts with who is allowed on a network and how well that user is managed. Network Commander simplifies this process to such a degree that FCCJ has just one member of its IT staff successfully controlling all user access."

FCCJ plans on adopting Roving Planet's Scan & Block software once it has run the Network Commander for an additional 10 months. Scan & Block will allow FCCJ to scan devices that access the network and ensure that their security patches and programs are up to date.

About Florida Community College

Florida Community College at Jacksonville (www.fccj.edu) currently serves more than 63,000 students primarily in Duval and Nassau counties. Conferring Associate in Art, Associate in Science degrees and a multitude of Workforce Development certificates in more than 200 programs, Florida Community College is one of the largest and fastest growing colleges in the country. World-class distance learning technology and programs provide civilian and military students across the nation and around the world the opportunity to complete course work anyplace from kitchen tables to battleships. Educational partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco Systems, Sun Microsystems and Dell, and nationally recognized leadership in educational technology have cemented Florida Community College's reputation as one of the nation's technology leaders.

About Roving Planet

Roving Planet (www.rovingplanet.com) delivers Policy-Driven Network Management and Control Solutions for enterprise networks. Products from Roving Planet create a robust and secure network environment by managing and controlling users, endpoints, connections, and sessions. Roving Planet solutions drastically reduce operating and management costs, ensure perimeter security and integrity, while providing correlated, enterprise-wide network intelligence, visibility and reporting.

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