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eVA – eduroam Visitor Access

The availability of Wi-Fi networks within the field of research and higher education is becoming more important than ever before.Connectivity to an access network for researchers, teachers and students is getting more critical for successfully following chores and work. Most campus WiFi users would dislike a WiFi outage more than the (temporary) loss of water, gas or electricity. The success of eduroam (education roaming) as a Wi-Fi network and the service it provides for (inter)national roaming has grown explosively since the launch in 2003. Ten years later it is now available in 54 countries. Despite the proven success in usage, architecture, security and scalability of eduroam there is also an important downside that becomes more and more relevant for educational and research institutions. eduroam only allows eduroam-enabled user to get network access at any institution connected to eduroam. Unfortunately not all campus users with are eduroam enabled but they do have the same strong needs for network access. To provide network access to all of the campus population, with a relationship towards research and education, extra Wi-Fi networks are necessary besides eduroam. Institutions with eduroam in The Netherlands described this as an undesirable situation and have asked SURFnet to find a solution for this problem. This presentation will describe and demonstrate eduroam Visitor Access (eVA), a system that was introduced at the beginning of 2014. This system will provide a solution for temporary access for campus visitors on the existing network infrastructure.

Speakers

Authors

  • Wladimir Mufty - SURFnet

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