Aruba unveils new, secure AI-powered solutions, vision for reimagined workplace
The new state of work will be much different from office life prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The mandate to shut down non-essential physical offices tested the effectiveness of fully virtual workforces. Remote working can only be successful when the right networking technologies and tools are in place. We will return to many kinds of workplaces – traditional offices, homes, on the road – within which our safety must be ensured and between which we must move seamlessly without retraining or compromising. Justin Chiah, senior director for Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong at HPE Aruba, commented: “Much of mission-critical work is now being done from the home or at locations away from the office, and businesses need to adjust their IT postures for this new normal. At Aruba, we have worked with customers during the pandemic to adapt and optimize their reimagined work environments at half a million sites worldwide. This allowed our customers to smoothly transition their office workforce to work from the safety of their homes as they carried out their business continuity plans and also to enable essential mobile workers to continue to be effective working remotely.” Return to the Office and Venues Traditional offices rely on AI-powered contact and location tracing tools to enable social and physical distancing monitoring solutions that make the workplace safer for workers, customers and partners. Through Aruba-led innovations or implemented in concert with Aruba Technology Partners, these solutions use IoT and Bluetooth radios already built into Aruba access points and managed from a single pane of glass. The solutions operate on customers’ existing Aruba infrastructure, eliminating the need for rip and replace, and leverage cloud-based applications that are easy to activate and affordable to deploy. Contact and Location Tracing – Aruba will be releasing a new set of native contact and location tracing tools for existing customers based on both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. For expanded capabilities, Aruba Technology Partners AiRISTA Flow, CXApp, Kiana Analytics, Modo Labs and Skyfii integrate with Aruba infrastructures to monitor social distancing and group sizes and generate contract tracing trees of potentially exposed individuals. Contactless Visitor Management – In the new work environment, organizations are looking to avoid physical contact with front desk receptionists or using shared, self-service tablets for check-in. Aruba and its digital workplace partners such as Envoy allow preregistration, automated host notification and auto-generated individualized visitor Wi-Fi credentials – all with zero human-to-human contact. Video and AI-based Health Monitoring – Proactive identifying and assisting of COVID-infected guests and employees keep everyone in the workplace safer. HPE Pointnext and Aruba’s technology partners can offer contactless thermographic solutions that measure forehead temperature of groups of people simultaneously. Ideal for lobbies and other high-traffic areas, the solution incorporates automated voice response and interfaces with access control portals. Working from Home An effective long-term work-from-home solution has to deliver a secure, enterprise-like experience that enhances creativity, efficiency and productivity. Aruba provides enterprise-class telework hardware coupled with plug-and-play installation, identity-based security and cloud native management for rapid, simple and scalable deployment. Field-proven since 2008, Aruba’s work-from-home solutions scale to accommodate organizations of any size and are available with FIPS 140-2 validation for defense-related telework. Secure Remote Access to Business-Critical Resources – Aruba Remote Access Points (RAPs) and gateways extend access to enterprise applications and services hosted on-premises or in the public cloud, anywhere employees work. Compatible with broadband and cellular networks, RAPs provide both Ethernet and wireless connectivity so employees can use IP phones, VDI terminals, trading consoles and mobile devices at remote locations with the same security and quality of service they enjoy in the office.