The NC city of Gastonia has switched to the eTIPS authentications server from Avenda Systems to provide authentication, authorization and accounting. As GCN reports, the switch came after issues with compatibility in the access controllers. Maintaining110 wireless access points within the city and wireless access from all police departments in the county, Gastonia police do not have to be inside the city to connect to the network. eTIPS uses the 802.1x protocols for authentication, checks identity through credentials and authenticated users are granted access based on role-based policies established by the administrators using the eTIPS policy engine.
“The city is planning further upgrades to its network and is testing a mobile VPN from NetMotion Wireless to provide VPN security for wireless connections. The Mobility XE product not only provides a secure connection but manages connections over a variety of protocols and systems, including cellular, Wi-Fi and WiMax, selecting the best path and maintaining a session while switching from one to another.”