SOURCE: Aruba Networks, Inc.

Aruba Networks, Inc.

October 05, 2009 00:10 ET

Philips' IntelliVue Patient Monitors Verified Interoperable on Secure Multi-Use Voice / Data / Video Wireless LANs From Aruba Networks

Multi-Use Networks Significantly Lower Deployment and On-Going Support Costs by Sharing Wireless Infrastructure Among Different Applications

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - October 5, 2009) - Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in wireless LANs and secure mobility solutions, today announced that Philips Healthcare has obtained Aruba interoperability certification for its market-leading IntelliVue Patient Monitors operating on multi-use Aruba 802.11 wireless LANs. Multi-use networks share wireless infrastructure among different healthcare voice, data, and video applications, and are increasingly popular because of their lower installed and operating costs. Securely sharing wireless infrastructure requires partitioning network resources so that each application receives the requisite bandwidth, quality of service, and privacy -- a capability provided by Aruba's policy enforcement firewall. Philips' interoperability certification is intended to simplify out-of-box deployment by minimizing incompatibilities and configuration issues that might otherwise result in improper system behavior.

"Aruba's proven interoperability with Philips IntelliVue Clinical Network solutions provides our mutual customers with greater flexibility in selecting the best network to meet their needs," said Theresa Poole, Philips Healthcare's Senior Product Manager, Clinical Networks. "Using a wireless LAN to provide network access for patient monitors requires advanced wireless networking capabilities to ensure reliable operation. Aruba's wireless LAN infrastructure, used in conjunction with our 802.11a wireless patient monitors and voice applications, provides that assurance."

The interoperability certification testing included Aruba's 802.11a/b/g and 802.11n access points. Tests included inter-access point and inter-controller roaming, wireless LAN security, quality of service (QoS), and Aruba's role-based firewall protection of Philips devices.

Aruba's Adaptive Radio Management (ARM) technology automatically optimizes Wi-Fi performance, an essential requirement in a healthcare facility's dynamically changing and challenging RF environment. By automating site surveys and using infrastructure-based controls to optimize the performance of Wi-Fi clients in real-time, ARM helps ensure that data, voice, video, monitoring, and nurse call applications all have sufficient network resources, including airtime, to operate reliably.

Identity-based security, Quality of Service (QoS) control, and traffic management capabilities are provided by Aruba's policy-enforcement firewall network. The firewall classifies on the basis of user identity, device type, location, and time of day, and provides differentiated access for different classes of users. For example, medical monitoring and nurse call traffic can be assigned high priority and reserved bandwidth to ensure reliable delivery. Guest access might have limited bandwidth and tight controls with respect to the sites and servers that can be accessed.

These features enable data, voice, video, nurse call, monitoring, and guest traffic to simultaneously run over a shared, common Wi-Fi infrastructure but perform like isolated networks. "One commonly shared high-speed wireless LAN can now be used to support a wide variety of critical services including patient monitoring and voice-call," said Manav Khurana, Aruba's head of industry marketing. "Aruba's integrated role-based firewall provides an added layer of protection against network intrusion attempts, while VLAN pooling makes the correct VLAN available to the patient monitor anywhere there is Wi-Fi coverage."

To learn more about Aruba's healthcare solutions please visit our Web site at http://www.arubanetworks.com/applications/healthcare.php.

About Aruba Networks

People move. Networks must follow. Aruba securely delivers networks to users, wherever they work or roam, using a combination of award-winning solutions:

--  Adaptive 802.11n Wi-Fi networks optimize themselves to ensure that
    users are always within reach of mission-critical information. Rightsizing
    expensive wired LANs by replacing them with high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi
    reduces both capital and operating expenses;
--  Identity-based security assigns access policies to users, enforcing
    those policies whenever and wherever a network is accessed;
--  Remote networking solutions for branch offices, fixed telecommuters,
    and satellite facilities ensures uninterrupted remote access to
    applications;
--  Multi-vendor network management provides a single point of control
    while managing both legacy and new wireless networks from Aruba and its
    competitors.
    

The cost, convenience, and security benefits of our secure mobility solutions are fundamentally changing how and where we work. Listed on the NASDAQ and Russell 2000® Index, Aruba is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ArubaNetworks.

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