Al Zahra Hospital Implements Aruba’s Wi-Fi Network

Al Zahra Hospital Dubai (AZHD) has implemented a high-density, Gigabit wireless network from Aruba, across the entire hospital. The infrastructure is based on the latest 802.11 ac wireless standard. It has resulted in a 50% increase in staff productivity relating to information access and enhanced patient experience as the platform has enabled the delivery of new services.


With the support of Aruba’s qualified local partner, AZHD’s IT team carefully designed and deployed the solution. The implementation involved installation of Aruba’s 2920 Series network back-bone switches, over 200 Aruba AP-205, AP-103 and AP-105 Access Points (APs) and finally, two Aruba mobility controllers were deployed to centralize management of this extensive AP network.

“The entire implementation was completed in under two weeks with no inconvenience to our patients. This really speaks volumes for the ease of installation of Aruba’s solutions,” stated Arjiel Guevarra, Network Engineer at AZHD.

Improvements in staff productivity were noticed immediately following the deployment. The solution saves half of the time staff require to seek information from different department by making it available for them on the go. By connecting to one of the 200+ wireless access points across the hospital, both healthcare and admin staff alike can securely access clinical or business related information as soon as it becomes available.

Aruba’s Wi-Fi network can also be accessed with ease by a variety of visitors within the hospital’s premises, depending on their role – a feature made possible by the mobility controller. “One of the major benefits has been that this allows caregivers to access patient information at the bedside. It helps create a good patient experience when the physician is discussing a patient’s results with them right there, rather than saying “I’ll get back to you with that later,” and then returning after three or four hours, or forgetting completely,” explained Guevarra.

Aruba’s solutions have also enabled the IT team to implement different IT initiatives like wireless IP phones, user connectivity, guest internet, hospital-wide coverage, bedside access for the care team, email access, BYOD support and easy access to corporate systems and resources.