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Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates to Offer New Wireless Services for Hotel Guests

Kempinski Hotel at the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai has partnered with Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN) to provide upgraded wireless network access to meet the growing demand for secure and high speed wireless internet access by hotel guests who carry a multitude of devices ranging from smart phones, tablets, gaming devices, and music players to notebooks. Aruba Networks has upgraded the legacy network at the luxurious alpine-themed retreat to the latest 802.11n technology to deliver the network requirements of today’s business and leisure travellers who demand reliable connectivity for high bandwidth intensive applications. Combining comfort with convenience, the upgrade will enable the Kempinski hotel to increase the range of wireless services offered to include features such as IPTV, complimentary internet access in suites and enhanced guest services.

Kempinski Hotel at Mall of the Emirates is one of the Kempinski group's flagship properties, combini ...

Kempinski Hotel at Mall of the Emirates is one of the Kempinski group's flagship properties, combining shopping, entertainment and dining options with 5-star accommodations, including luxury ski chalets. (Photo: Business Wire)

Kempinski Hotel at Mall of the Emirates is one of the Kempinski group’s flagship properties, combining shopping, entertainment and dining options with 5-star accommodations, including luxury ski chalets. Kempinski selected Aruba Networks to ensure that its IT team could incorporate future-proof options to not only centrally manage and configure all access points within one location, but also to ensure efficient management of both hotel guest and staff wireless connectivity demands.

Prasanna Rupasinghe, Director of Information Technology at Kempinski Hotel, said: “The satisfaction of our guests is of the utmost importance and, for many travellers today, that means the ability to securely and reliably connect to personal applications and hotel services wirelessly. With the solution provided by Aruba we can be confident in the speed and reliability of our connection in the hotel, and also introduce new features that make us stand out as a modern luxury retreat.”

The partnership adds the Kempinski Hotels group to Aruba’s growing portfolio of customers in the Middle East and further demonstrates the company’s strength in providing mobility solutions and wireless Internet connectivity at work and in leisure environments. The 802.11n solution installed at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates comprises more than 400 wall-mounted units of multi-service AP93Hs and 63 AP105 access points to provide reliable wireless connectivity in high traffic areas such as corridors and meeting rooms, as well as Aruba’s 6000 Mobility Controllers for network scalability, security and access management.

Ammar Enaya, General Manager for Middle East at Aruba Networks, added: “Our work with Kempinski reinforces our expertise in providing network solutions to customers that demand the utmost in reliability, security and scalability across their wireless network infrastructures. Our technology provides the flexibility that Kempinski needs to make sure that guests have first class internet access in the hotel and IT support teams are equipped to manage the demands on the network from both the company and visitors.”

About Kempinski Hotels

Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 73 five-star hotels in 31 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio includes historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one imbues the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotels.

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, Africa 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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