Educational Institutions Driving Rapid Adoption of Aruba Wi-Fi 6E

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, announced a significant, rapidly growing number of educational institutions – in K-12 and higher education – are upgrading their network infrastructures with Wi-Fi 6E to enable the next generation of digital classrooms and campuses. The increased capacity, higher performance, and greater support for client and IoT device density made possible with Wi-Fi 6E, combined with specific innovations in Aruba’s access points (APs), are allowing these institutions to deliver extraordinary campus and classroom experiences for their students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Doane University, Texas A&M University, Meramec Valley R-III School District, and Festus R-VI School District are a few of the more than 250 educational institutions – and more than 1,400 total organizations – that have moved to Aruba Wi-Fi 6E APs as foundation for enabling teaching, learning and smart campus initiatives since Aruba’s Wi-Fi 6E solutions were introduced in May 2021.

Industry research firms like 650 Group indicate these numbers have given Aruba a market-leading position in delivering Wi-Fi 6E infrastructure.

“In the fast-growing and competitive Wi-Fi 6E enterprise Access Point market, Aruba has taken an early lead and has shipped over 35 percent of all Wi-Fi 6E enterprise APs since the inception of the market,” said Chris DePuy, a technology analyst and founder at 650 Group.

Key concerns for educational institutions that are driving this movement to Wi-Fi 6E include the need to accommodate ever-increasing numbers of client and IoT devices connecting to the network, supporting collaboration and innovation, increasing bandwidth to support new use cases such as high-definition video, AR/VR, and distance learning, future-proofing their network investments and meeting the increasing expectations that students, staff and faculty have for ubiquitous, always-on, powerful connectivity.

In addition, K-12 districts and universities are integrating IoT devices for student safety, lighting, security cameras, and HVAC solutions – all of which become part of the overall building automation and form the foundation for creating smart facilities. The value that institutions can realize from creating smart facilities includes supporting sustainability initiatives through conservation as well as cost-savings on resources such as electricity and heating and cooling.

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