Cisco and Thammasat University in Thailand Enable 'E-Campus' Vision for Students and Staff
Cisco Unified Access provides the school with an integrated management platform for scalable and highly secure wired and wireless networks across two campuses
BANGKOK, Thailand – August 30, 2013 – Thammasat University, the second-oldest institute of higher learning in Thailand has implemented an enhanced wired and wireless network to enable anytime, anywhere connectivity across two campuses. Using Cisco Unified Access™ solutions within the Enterprise Networks architecture, Thammasat University will provide an intelligent network platform that can enable connected experiences and operational efficiencies for the school. The university is also one of the first in Thailand to be completely IPv6 enabled.
The highly secure, intelligent network across both Tha Pra Chan and Rangsit centers of Thammasat University allows them to achieve their goal of being an ‘e-campus', as it provides the business foundation to embrace the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend and cater to the increasing demand for wireless connectivity for both staff and students.
Thammasat University has upgraded its IT infrastructure with a 10 Gigabit Ethernet backbone with UnifiedAccess solutions to provide increased bandwidth that will support new teaching applications and manage the additional workloads.
These technology upgrades provide 36,000 students and 6,700 staff at Thammasat University across 26 faculties with highly secure, scalable wireless network utilising approximately 300 access points at the Tha Pra Chan center and approximately 800 access points at the Rangsit center. Internet speeds have increased from 54 megabits per second to a maximum capacity of 1.3 gigabits per second.
Thammasat University's vision to become an ‘e-Campus' will be achieved over two phases: the first provides a complete wireless network at Ta Prachan and Rangsit campus in 2013 and the second at their Lampang and Pattaya campuses by 2014.
Cisco Unified Access Enables the ‘Internet of Everything'
Unified Access is the business foundation for enabling the "Internet of Everything" – intelligently connecting people, data, processes and things with greater simplicity, intelligence, scale, efficiency, open interfaces and security. Unified Access helps customers make the transition to the Internet of Everything, ultimately allowing them to introduce innovative user services that are enabled by networkwide simplicity, intelligence and analytics, scale, faster service rollout and better change management.
Cisco Unified Access provides IT with the platform it needs to adapt to rapidly changing business, technologies, and user expectations with a unified policy, management, and network platform that employs a single network infrastructure with common policy and management across wired and wireless networks and VPNs.
The three pillars of Cisco Unified Access (Figure 1) are:
- One Policy: World-class unified policy platform and distributed enforcement
- One Management: Single solution for comprehensive lifecycle management and visibility
- One Network: Wired and wireless networks converged into a single unified infrastructure
- Assoc. Prof. Gasinee Witoonchart, Vice Rector, Planning and Finance, Chief Information Officer, Thammasat University
"Thammasat University believes that the highly efficient Cisco Unified Access wireless solutions will strengthen the overall capacity of our wireless network to enable BYOD and new learning experiences. Since going LIVE, we‘ve found that our students and employees are very satisfied with wireless access at the two campuses in terms of reliability, ease of use, better and wider coverage and higher speed. By 2016, we expect our university to be ranked in top 50 universities in the Asia Pacific region. We are very pleased with the expertise and professionalism delivered by Cisco, including prompt support and effective IT training for our staff. These effective IT infrastructure and high-performing wireless network throughout campuses will enable us to enhance our further IT projects like e-Admin, e-Education & Research, e-Society and e-Culture to achieve our goal to becoming Asia's leading international academic institution."
- Mr. Vatsun Thirapatarapong, Managing Director for Cisco in Thailand and Indochina
"Our worlds at work, play and even in schools are changing with the proliferation of devices on the network. The ability to cater for this bring-your-own-device trend shows Thammasat University is the leader in developing the next-generation educational institution for graduates and postgraduates in Thailand."
About Thammasat University
Thammasat University, Thailand's second oldest university was founded on June 27, 1934 and was originally named by its founder Proessfor Dr. Pridi Banomyong as the "University Of Moral And Political Sciences." The University today has four campuses -- Tha Pra Chan, Rangsit, Lampang, and Pattaya. Programs offered by the University include undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in a broad range of academic fields including social sciences, humanities, science and technology, and health sciences. Thammasat University envisions to be the Asia's leading international academic institution that aims to solve Thailand's problems with moral commitment for the greater good of society.
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