Bluesocket, Inc., (www.bluesocket.com) the leader in open wireless security and management solutions, today announced that the Queens Library has installed its BlueSecure 5000 Controller in a central location to provide secure wireless access to more than 14 million visitors in 63 different locations.
The Queens Library serves a population of more than two million in the most ethnically diverse county in the United States. With 16.8 million items in circulation and in person attendance of 14.5 million people in FY 2004, the Library has the highest circulation of any public library system in the country. The library has installed a BlueSecure 5000 Controller in the main branch in Jamaica, NY, providing security and authentication with wireless traffic routing back to the central location from each remote location.
Planning for the wireless project began a year ago with a meeting between the Queens Library and Sirsi Corporation. Sirsi provides a SIP2 relational database management system that allows library staff to manage technical and public services within the library.
"We started to talk with Queens Library about Bluesocket when they asked me if I could build SIP2 functionality into the Bluesocket controllers. This was the catalyst for me to get that work moving forward," said Rick Cook, Network Engineer for Sirsi. "As a result, there is now a single BlueSecure 5000 at the central location and then access points at the other branches. Many of the branches are multiple floors, and ultimately when the library completes renovations at its branches and installs its customer service model to include the new features, there might be 70 to 80 access points when the system is finished."
Most libraries use a specific protocol called SIP2 for their database technology allowing library patrons to log-on securely using their library card pin number for Internet access as well as accessing the online card catalog. Dozens of libraries have deployed Bluesocket to secure and manage their wireless local area networks (WLANs) including Boston Public Library (Boston, Massachusetts), Sonoma County Library (Santa Rosa, California), Aurora Public Library (Aurora, Colorado), Allen County Public Library (Fort Wayne, Indiana), and Rolling Hills Consolidated Libraries (St. Joseph, Missouri).
Utilizing Bluesocket's Secure Mobility technology for wireless data and voice applications, BlueSecure Controllers provide high-performance, reliable, policy-based WLAN security and management solutions now deployed by thousands of large institutions, enterprises, healthcare and public access providers.
"Originally, our rollout of the wireless network was focused on 10 branches," said Jason L. Curtis, Network Manager for the Queens Library. These branches are located within the Queens West school district, and represent an ethnically diverse as well as underprivileged population. Because of that, the Library was awarded a grant to obtain affordable telecommunications equipment and Internet access.
In order to protect its existing investment, the Library was committed to keeping Cisco 1200 equipment in their solution so they sought the company's advice. "The buy-in from Cisco made me comfortable recognizing Bluesocket as a market leader," said Philip Darsan, CTO for the Queens Library.
The Library is limited in the number of PCs it can offer for patron use, so laptop services seemed a natural extension. "We have a very robust system and can offer a lot of bandwidth," said Darsan. "However, I wanted an enterprise solution. I didn't want a box here and a box there. As we do renovations at the branches we will provision them to have wireless and the transition will be seamless.
"I'm very happy with the end result," he concluded. "As we expand, we can look at the BlueSecure 5000 management capabilities to decide how to deploy in the future."
About Bluesocket, Inc.
Founded in 1999, Bluesocket is the leader in open wireless security and management solutions that simplify the complexities of mobile enterprises. Thousands of BlueSecure Controllers are deployed by leading enterprises including Harvard University, Honeywell, Universal Health Services, Toyota, Parker Hannifin and others who require policy-based, open-systems solutions to secure, manage, and profit from their wireless networks. (www.bluesocket.com).
About Sirsi Corporation
Founded in 1979, Sirsi Corporation develops, sells, and supports a comprehensive integrated suite of software solutions for meeting the information management and sharing needs of libraries and library users around the world. Sirsi and its partners provide the broadest array of information management products and services for the library community. Sirsi solutions serve more than 10,000 libraries in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. For more information about Sirsi, please see www.sirsi.com.
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