Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company announced that Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH) is modernising its wireless networks to support 4,000 employees daily, as part of active digital transformational efforts. Aruba WLAN solutions will provide comprehensive and flexible Wi-Fi coverage for the expansive SPH campus spanning over 150,000 square metres across both Print and News Centres.
The network modernisation will create operational efficiencies and bolster security across thousands of users and devices from a single management pane, providing full visibility into the network. Given the need for robust network management, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, was selected to help SPH create a better-connected and future-proof workplace that provides connectivity, speed and security at scale for its employees.
“We are moving into the new digital future, not only through the way we deliver news, but through constant innovation to build the workplace of the future” said Glen Francis, Chief Technology Officer at SPH. “The pandemic accelerated the agenda to strengthen our technological foundations, so we can improve work quality and streamline processes with an enhanced network infrastructure. Mobility and agility will be key driving forces in the evolving ‘anywhere’ office.”
“In the digital-first reality, new business outcomes and dynamic customer experiences are only possible if there is a secure, automated and intelligent network infrastructure supporting it,” said Justin Chiah, Senior Director, South East Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong (SEATH) at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. “We are proud to support Singapore Press Holdings in their digital transformation journey, as we work hand-in-hand to embody our shared ‘Mobile and Cloud First’ vision.”
Faced with roadblocks such as legacy networking systems and an over-reliance on wired infrastructure that hindered SPH’s vision, Aruba AirWave was implemented to gain granular visibility into ageing wired and wireless networks. Coupled with Aruba UXI sensors, user experience was closely monitored in real-time, and effectively pinpointed the main sources of connectivity issues, such as that the 2.4Ghz channels were over utilised. This enabled the SPH Technology team to quickly address the issue by steering away from 2.4Ghz, improving user experiences.
Once core pain points were identified and resolved, Aruba Access Points, Aruba Mobility Master and Aruba Controllers were rolled out on top of Aruba UXI sensors to further strengthen network coverage and performance at all corners of SPH premises and beyond. On-premise roaming saw big improvements from previous coverage which was spotty at best, and Wi-Fi bandwidth provisions doubled from 64 to 128 Mbps. Aruba’s Wi-Fi 6 certified Access Points can reliably connect up to four times more devices and manage them better while maintaining power efficiency. This flexible posture ensures adequate network support as the organisation continues to grow.
Moving towards a true Wi-Fi only office not only allowed for cost savings in the thousands by minimising wired connections, remote employees, on-premise staff and roving journalists could now enjoy high-quality connection wherever they work. Beyond improving staff experience, sensors deployed at home offices also allowed SPH to monitor actual subscriber experience while they accessed SPH digital content from home.
With thousands of digital endpoints connected to SPH’s network daily, Aruba ClearPass was selected as a single management tool that provided full visibility over the multitude of endpoints, and extended role-based access control with granular policies. Demonstrating simplicity in action, this enabled administrators to deliver consistent protection that is dynamically enforced, regardless of user role, device type or location, and build a secure and intelligent edge with roles that follow users and devices across wired, wireless and remote connections. Maintaining the configuration within a single tool reduced the risk of making a configuration mistake compared to before, when various authentication servers were used for different types of endpoints.
SPH’s commitment to delivering a flexible, high-performing, and secure network has helped it maintain and cement its position as a leading multi-media company. Looking forward, it is looking to use Aruba Central and Edge Services Platform to fully harness the power of data generated at the Edge.
“This year, IT teams will begin the next step of their transformational journey, which is creating the necessary infrastructure for the intelligent edge,” said Justin Chiah, Senior Director, South East Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong (SEATH) at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. “Beyond simply connecting remote workers to the cloud, how users and the Internet of Things are connected will be a key area of focus to improve business outcomes, while enriching employee experiences.”
“Aruba’s forward-thinking infrastructure is a perfect fit in powering our vision,” concluded Glen Francis, Chief Technology Officer at SPH. “It builds a solid foundation for SPH to continue delivering better products for customers, simplifying technology for business users, and developing new capabilities. We have never been more confident and well-prepared to move into the new digital future.”