Spearheaded by the University of Vigo in Galicia, Spain, the Campus do Mar digital maritime campus project brings together leading marine science researchers and educators from across Galicia and Northern Portugal. The virtual campus connects and optimizes the region’s talent pool, empowering geographically-distributed marine scientists, socioeconomic experts, professors, and students to collaborate over the Internet.
Based on the recommendation of Quobis, a leading unified communications systems integrator, the University turned to Acme Packet to enable communications across the virtual campus. A variety of security, interoperability, and service quality challenges are introduced when extending interactive IP communications across the Internet. The University deployed the Acme Packet Net-Net Enterprise Session Director-Server Edition enterprise session border controller (E-SBC) to enable secure and reliable Internet communications for remote team members. The cost-effective, software-based solution runs on industry-standard servers, and integrates seamlessly with the University’s IT environment.
The E-SBC protects the University’s IT infrastructure and ensures high service availability by safeguarding against malicious attacks and system overloads, and mitigates Network Address Translation (NAT) and firewall traversal issues that can impede Internet communications and burden help desks. The solution allows team members to communicate in a secure manner without using a VPN (virtual private network) client, and provides comprehensive protocol interworking and normalization functions that enable straightforward integration with the University’s open source softswitch platform and Siemens unified communication server infrastructure.
Acme Packet helped the University of Vigo quickly and cost-effectively extend its campus communications infrastructure to remote researchers, educators, and students, without sacrificing security or reliability. By improving communications and increasing collaboration, the Campus do Mar program fosters higher-quality research, and helps the local marine science industry compete on a global scale.
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