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Aruba Networks Solution to Provide Free Wi-Fi Services at Abu Dhabi International Airport

Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN), today announced its collaboration with Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) to provide the largest free public and private airport-wide Wi-Fi service in the country for Abu Dhabi International Airport. In line with ADAC’s plans for growth, the partnership with Aruba Networks enables ADAC to provide reliable Wi-Fi access for corporate, business and guest use, including hotspots for passengers, digital barcode scanning in the cargo buildings, voice services and multi-tenant services.

The alliance also adds another of the region’s most innovative companies to Aruba’s growing portfolio of customers across the Middle East region, demonstrating the company’s strength in providing solutions that support global trends towards flexible and mobile working.

The project includes the installation of four Aruba M3 Mobility controllers, more than one thousand Aruba AP-125 and AP-135 dual-radio access points, outdoor access points for cargo buildings, as well as the Aruba AirWave Network Management system. The controllers provided include integrated firewalls to protect the infrastructure and users alike; as well as wireless intrusion prevention systems (WIPS) to detect and protect the network against hackers.

Aruba’s AirWave management system provides ADAC’s IT department with end-to-end clarity and centralized control over the network, monitoring and managing all users that are connected wirelessly. The solution will help ADAC to manage the airport’s extensive wireless coverage from a single point and troubleshoot issues remotely and efficiently.

Hamed Al Hashemi Vice President - Information and Communication Systems at Abu Dhabi Airports Company, said, “Aruba Networks’ solutions have enabled Abu Dhabi Airports Company to implement a customized Wi-Fi solution that addresses all of its requirements. With the company’s ambitious expansion plans, it was important to ensure that the solution installed is not only cost effective but is also managed centrally for efficiency, without compromising on the need for secure and controlled access. The results provided Abu Dhabi International Airport with the ability to offer the country’s largest free public Wi-Fi service to all its passengers and customers.”

Ammar Enaya, General Manager for Middle East at Aruba Networks mentioned, “Our project with Abu Dhabi Airports Company provided us with an opportunity to showcase our understanding and expertise to cater to a large number of users, over a broad expanse of space, without compromising on the security of the network at any point. The solution we provided is totally secure, scalable and network controlled, demonstrating the ease with which our solutions can manage a wireless network in a sensitive environment.”

Abu Dhabi Airports Company is currently in the process of a multi-billion dollar plan to re-develop and expand Abu Dhabi international Airport to ensure that the developments underway in the Emirate are matched by continued high service standards to accommodate the predicted rise in air traffic.

About Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC)

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate's aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, ADAC assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, ADAC added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive private aviation airport), and Sir BaniYas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travelers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi's development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.

About Aruba Networks, Inc.

Aruba Networks is a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise. The company’s Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture unifies wired and wireless network infrastructures into one seamless access solution for corporate headquarters, mobile business professionals, remote workers and guests. This unified approach to access networks enables IT organizations and users to securely address the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, dramatically improving productivity and lowering capital and operational costs.

Listed on the NASDAQ and Russell 2000® Index, Aruba is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com.

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