Canadian students, staff and faculty staying connected wherever they roam
Over 600,000 logins to eduroam service in a single day during the first week back at school, a threefold increase from 2014
During the first week of classes across Canada last week, students, staff and faculty used a powerful digital service that they probably weren’t even aware of.
eduroam, the global wireless service offered in Canada through CANARIE’s Canadian Access Federation, enables staff, students and faculty to seamlessly join the campus wireless network when visiting another institution, using the username and password issued by their home institution. The Canadian eduroam service is part of a global community supporting eduroam, enabling seamless roaming at countless universities, colleges and research institutions worldwide.
Use of eduroam has grown tremendously in recent years. Peak day usage in the first week of classes is a great indicator of growth, and this year, the peak day had three times as many logins as in 2014. The chart below illustrates this growth over time:
This growth demonstrates how seamless wireless roaming has become a critical service for Canada’s increasingly mobile students, staff and faculty.
“In a world where research and education is a globally collaborative enterprise, providing secure, seamless access to networks and tools becomes mission-critical,” says Tariq Al-idrissi, Associate Vice President, Information Technology at Trent University.
The eduroam service is part of a suite of identity and access management services that streamline access, in a highly secure manner, to wireless networks and distributed data and tools. Offered by CANARIE’s Canadian Access Federation, participants benefit from stringent community-developed standards for identity verification and access authorization, so that individuals are able to use their home institution’s credentials (username and password) to access a wide range of distributed resources.
“The growth of eduroam speaks to the need to continually evolve digital infrastructures and tools, as today’s highly mobile research and education communities are leveraging resources located across Canada and around the world,” says Mark Wolff, Chief Technology Officer at CANARIE.
More information on services offered by the Canadian Access Federation may be found here: canarie.ca/identity/.
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