WBA member Cisco has launched the WBA OpenRoaming service across four of Adventist Health’s hospital campuses in the United States.
The success of the rollout, which enabled staff and visitors at the hospitals to connect seamlessly and securely to the Wi-Fi network without needing to enter login credentials, means OpenRoaming with Cisco’s DNA Spaces will now be implemented across all 24 Adventist Health campuses, saving doctors, nurses and IT support staff valuable time and delivers an enhanced secure experience for patients and visitors, which ensures their privacy.
WBA CEO, Tiago Rodrigues, commented: “OpenRoaming has always been about removing the friction usually associated with public and guest Wi-Fi, and it’s rewarding to see it serving a mission-critical purpose at Advent Health’s campuses. We’re excited for the next stage of the rollout, which will see OpenRoaming extended to all 24 sites.”
Ed Vanderpool, Senior IT Manager at Adventist Health commented: “OpenRoaming has already made a significant difference to the experience of staff and visitors. Having access to Wi-Fi 6 without any kind of barriers means we spend far less time dealing with issues around connectivity and more time focusing on the important work that goes on in our sites. The potential for future applications, such as interactive mapping, really excites us.”
“OpenRoaming is changing the way users connect and stay connected,” says Matt MacPherson, Wireless CTO at Cisco. “With OpenRoaming at Adventist Health, patients, guests, and others now have seamless and secure Wi-Fi access to the resources they want and need. And with OpenRoaming release 2, Adventist is able to generate revenue from service provider offload to provide even better wireless experiences for its users across the health system, a win-win for all.”
Adventist Health, which serves more than 80 communities throughout the West Coast and Hawaii, as well as Australia, considers Guest Wi-Fi a mission-critical service, due to limited cell coverage at many of its sites.
The implementation of OpenRoaming means that wards, waiting areas, staffing areas and other operational areas will now be securely onboarded to a Wi-Fi 6 network, which users can access without needing to enter an email address or password.
Cisco DNA Spaces is the engine that runs OpenRoaming via AAA authentication and a connector to the OpenRoaming Federation.