Amare Theater The Hague builds new digital layer based on Aruba technology

Amstelveen / The Hague, 11 July 2022 – The new performing arts center Amare in The Hague brings together Nederlands Dans Theater, The Royal Conservatory and Residentie Orkest under one roof. In order to offer all students and guests an optimal experience, for example with additional digital applications during performances, access to a stable, secure and fast wireless network is important.

Amare has chosen to use Aruba’s end-to-end solutions for this. The company worked with Fourtop ICT and The Networkers. Fourtop ICT specializes in delivering and maintaining the complete IT environment and was responsible for managing and supporting the cloud and network during this project. The implementation of Fourtop’s cloud workspace Cloudine optimizes the user experience by simplifying collaboration. In addition, The Networkers’ solutions ensure that visitors connect anytime, anywhere without losing functionality.

Secure network access
With Aruba architecture, access is defined and segmented. This allows Amare to function as a place of study, to host production companies and also to function as a place for others to work or relax. Network connectivity is enabled by an architecture of more than 450 Aruba indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi 6 access points, AirWave Network Management and ClearPass Policy Manager for automated access control. The underlying LAN has an overall architecture with Aruba CX core. The network can be scaled up as the number of people in the building increases, from a few hundred people during rehearsals to more than 5,000 during performances.

“Security is crucial for us. Aruba technology allows us to focus our attention on defining policies for who and what can connect to the network. It is very important for us to have a good overview of this and because we now spending less time maintaining the wireless network, we can spend more time on this, ”says Amir Shahali, Network Infrastructure Manager at Amare.

Strengthening control
The design of the new WLAN ensures a network that is optimally scalable and extremely multifunctional. There are clear rules for employees, students, suppliers and the general public. The Amare Theater and the Royal Conservatory have created separate networks based on the new Aruba architecture. The team has thus built a multi-zone environment, where eduroam SSID from the Royal Conservatory is available throughout the building, as well as Amare SSIDs. Each gateway in the network is segmented so that when a network component is hacked, the other components of the network cannot be accessed.

The possibility of smart building management
The new performing arts center Amare lives up to the highest design standards. It is BREEAM certified and includes several smart management systems. For example, the network supports environmental sensors, CCTV and digital door locks. Access to parts of the building may be restricted based on network information. In the longer term, the goal is to create apps for room reservations and signage, and for operations teams to monitor maintenance and cleaning plans. Aruba technology will be an important component in this. The open nature of Aruba architecture simplifies the integration of third-party applications.

About Aruba, part of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Aruba, part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, is the global leader in secure, smart edge-to-cloud networking solutions that use AI to automate the network while leveraging data to create strong business results. With Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform) and As-a-Service capabilities, Aruba takes a cloud-native approach to help customers meet their connectivity, security and financial requirements. Across campus, in all industries, data centers and teleworking environments covering all aspects of wired, wireless LAN and Wide Area Networking.

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