Abu Dhabi Municipality has overhauled its legacy networking infrastructure and deployed powerful new Wi-Fi 6 technology from Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, that has laid the foundation for its Smart Digital Workplace initiative, which will transform digital experiences for employees, suppliers and citizens.
Ahmad Al Hammadi, IT Manager at Abu Dhabi Municipality said: “We understand that the future of work will be defined by smart work experiences enabled by the right technologies. Our intention was to create a smart workplace that will enable creativity, collaboration, speed and freedom.
“Our legacy networking infrastructure was a big hurdle in achieving this objective, with operational complexities and security issues, and hence we decided to work with HPE Aruba, a pioneer in the wireless networking space. They were one of the vendors capable of delivering a unique wireless ecosystem, thus acting as an overall solution provider for all our mobility needs.”
Aruba’s latest 802.11ax AI-powered Wi-Fi 6 solutions were selected for the deployment across Abu Dhabi Municipality’s headquarters and 35 branches across the city.
As defending against internal threats was a critical security requirement, the government agency automated security access control across its entire access network with Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager and enforced the continuous analysis of network traffic and user and entity behaviour with the deployment of Machine Learning technologies provided by Aruba’s threat detection platform, Introspect.
With a high speed, secure wireless infrastructure as the foundation, Abu Dhabi Municipality will introduce a number of new applications that will enable employees to utilise their smartphones to become more productive.
One such application will allow employees to book meeting rooms on their smart devices. The implementation will benefit third party suppliers who visit the Municipality, who will now be able to connect securely and speedily to the new network and transact business without having to go through slow and lengthy authentication procedures.
Citizens visiting the four customer happiness centres in Abu Dhabi will also experience gigabit speed browsing capabilities when connecting to the new wireless network.
“We are proud to have been able to play a role in Abu Dhabi Municipality’s Digital Transformation journey by delivering a robust wireless ecosystem, incorporating high-speed connectivity, secure access, BYOD support and centralised monitoring and management in a single solution. We hope to be able to continue this partnership as the Municipality’s digital aspirations evolve in the future,” added Gamal Emara, Country Manager – UAE at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.