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Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Highlights

  • Leading Dutch academic research & cultural heritage institution deploys Cisco Meraki
  • Seamless 802.1X RADIUS integration with eduroam
  • Naturalis Biodiversity Center branded splash page designed using the dashboard

As well as a national museum, the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands is also an academic research and cultural heritage institution. With around 250 employees, many of whom are renowned fellows in their respective fields, the museum welcomes approximately 300,000 visitors every year.


Challenges

  • The lack of WiFi becoming increasingly apparent with the rapidly growing number of wireless devices that needed to be served
  • Needed to provide WiFi anywhere, anytime and support any device for staff and museum guests
The extreme ease of deployment really sets Cisco Meraki apart. A one-time, centralised network configuration and then all you have to do is plug in the APs – it’s a piece of cake! Marc de Hart, ICT Manager

Why Cisco Meraki

  • Ease of deployment, particularly at remote locations, with plug-and-play cloud managed wireless access points
  • Intuitive centralised management of Cisco Meraki access points across multiple locations remotely via the web-based dashboard
  • Massively scalable cloud architecture
  • Layer-7 application and client visibility


The Deployment

  • 150+ Cisco Meraki cloud-managed wireless access points provide WiFi coverage across the main museum buildings plus a satellite location
  • Seamless 802.1X RADIUS integration with eduroam for visiting and resident academics accessed through a dedicated SSID
  • General staff members and guests access the WiFi via a separate SSID
  • Naturalis Biodiversity Center branded splash page (designed using the Cisco Meraki dashboard) utilised for general & guest SSID


Results

  • One-time network setup and plug-and-play wireless access points allow WiFi to be live in days rather than weeks
  • Secure, reliable & simple network access for staff and students
  • Over 150GB of data transferred over the entire wireless network on average per week
  • Over 2,000 unique visitors seen on the wireless network every week
  • Zero down-time since deploying
  • Increased efficiency of the IT department with access to remote live tools such as packet capture and cable testing