Firstly, Extreme’s deployment partner Appurity conducted an in-depth assessment of SPP’s offices and production environments at their headquarters in Reading to determine which Wi-Fi system would be the right fit for the organization. The fact that the company uses huge volumes of water in their manufacturing and testing processes was a key environmental consideration.
Following the assessment, Appurity designed and implemented a fully cloud-based solution built on Extreme Extreme access points, which eliminates the need for physical controllers and enables SPP to optimise traffic performance and network resiliency.
To avoid downtime and minimise disruption, Appurity’s installers ran the old and new networks in parallel, rigorously testing the Extreme solution and ensuring everything was fully operational before the system went live.
The network is fully integrated with Radius and Active Directory to authenticate everyone accessing the WiFi network. Appurity also reconfigured SPP’s switching to enable routing over two different broadband networks, which improves security by allowing SPP to segregate corporate and guest data.