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New Mexico Military Institute Implements Comprehensive Wireless LAN

The New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) announced that it has completed deployment of an Extricom wireless LAN system to provide network access for 1000 students and 300-plus faculty and staff members campus-wide. The system will support mix of data, voice, and RFID applications.

New York, NY, May 07, 2009 --( The New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI), a prestigious military prep school in Roswell, New Mexico, today announced that it has completed deployment of an Extricom wireless LAN system to provide network access for 1000 students and 300-plus faculty and staff members campus-wide. In addition to enabling general network access for research and online learning, the Extricom system will support VoWLAN phones and an RFID system to track school equipment throughout NMMI’s 300-acre campus.

Schools are particularly challenging environments for implementing Wi-Fi networks due to capacity issues created when multiple wireless users converge on the same location and use the system simultaneously. An example of this is when 40 students in a lecture hall log in at the beginning of class.

Extricom’s innovative Channel Blanket™ architecture resolves these issues through the use of densely deployed access points that are not subject to performance-impacting co-channel interference. Multiple Channel Blankets can be deployed from the same physical infrastructure, allowing applications with different Quality of Service requirements to be layered onto what are essentially separate wireless networks on dedicated channels.

The technological edge provided by Extricom WLAN will enable NMMI to reap immediate benefits in terms of improved student productivity. According to Royce Braggs, Manager of Network Operations at NMMI, “The Extricom system allows more people to get on the wireless network without it bogging down. It’s a pretty simple concept, but I think that it’s made a huge impact in terms of faculty trying to achieve academic goals with our students.”

NMMI deployed the Extricom WLAN to most major buildings on campus, including barracks, academic classrooms, and athletic facilities. The easily expandable and scalable system gives NMMI the ability to deploy future applications without performing a system re-design or upgrade. As Braggs summarized, “Other systems required a large initial build out and didn’t offer the features that Extricom did. We looked at the long-term picture and Extricom won hands-down.”

“The implementation at NMMI is a striking example of the benefits this technology can bring to the education market.” stated Honoré Labourdette, Extricom’s VP of Sales North America. “An Extricom wireless solution is simple to deploy, highly flexible in its ability to handle a mix of applications, and can offer guaranteed service levels. These are all critical in making sure that your students can access the network on equal terms and maximize their learning experience wherever they may be on campus, as well as ensuring the needs of school administration and faculty are fully supported.”

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