Kean University Makes the (Up)Grade with Avaya Networking

14 Jul 2016

New Jersey’s third largest Higher Ed institution delivers A+ Wi-Fi experience to its above average “Bring Your Own Everything” consumers

Santa Clara, Calif. – July 14, 2016 - When it comes to technology and bandwidth usage, college students are above average consumers, arriving on campus with up to seven different devices. At Kean University, Avaya’s future-ready network meets the increasing connectivity and performance expectations of students and staff, and addresses the security and scalability needs that the Internet of Things demands.

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With 15,000 students and a small IT staff, Kean University requires a network infrastructure that’s simple, sturdy and scalable. Avaya Fabric Connect and the Avaya Wireless LAN 9100 Series fit all the criteria: it was scalable to meet future needs, offered application control to help manage bandwidth and provides the simplicity that allows the IT department to be more efficient.

More specifically for Kean University, implementing the Avaya Network is enabling:                                   

  • A consumer like end-user experience, which is underscored by the high praise from students telling IT, “It’s just like home.”      
  • Reduced burden on IT with faster installation of new devices on the network, which now takes minutes instead of hours or days. The network automatically configures itself.         
  • Improved security and reliability to protect students and the University
  • The ability to perform maintenance and upgrades with minimal impact to day to day operations                                            

The University has already set the stage for the Smart Campus that can allow information to be pushed to devices using the wireless network with location-based services. For example, in the not too distant future, a student walking near a particular area may proactively receive information on his or her device about a new art display, upcoming event, or other ‘need to know’ information.

Read more about Kean University in the case study here.


“Technology is important to the future of Kean University and its students, and Avaya is enabling our vision of 21st century learning.”

--Dr. Dawood Farahi, president of Kean University

“I like Avaya’s completeness of vision. They’re not looking at the voice, data, and Wi-Fi networks as separate entities but as a unified communications infrastructure. The whole cornerstone is the groundbreaking innovation from SPB, woven into every product, which allows us functionality, flexibility, and levels of security that weren’t there before.”                                              

--Joe Marinello, Director of IT, Kean University                                                

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Christina Knittel