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Virgin Media Relies on Oracle Identity Management to Secure Wi-Fi Service in the London Underground

Leading up to the 2012 Olympics, Virgin Media was entrusted with a massive undertaking—to quickly and securely provide London's Underground stations with Wi-Fi service. The company turned to two Oracle Identity Management solutions—Oracle Virtual Directory and Oracle Entitlements Server.

Even for Virgin Media—the UK’s first combined provider of broadband, TV, mobile, and home phone services—setting up the service was an impressive feat, especially given an extremely short timeframe of only three months.

A Million Sessions a Day
The project involved providing secure service to 72 London Underground stations, each with at least two platforms and potentially hundreds of users at a time. As a result, the service needed to be able to support as many as 115,000 sessions every two minutes. Maintaining customer experience was vital, even at peak times.

To quickly realize a project of this scale, Virgin Media and its partner aurionPro SENA had to leverage back-end legacy systems never designed to be externalized. Oracle Identity Management solutions made it possible.

First, Oracle Virtual Directory enabled Virgin Media to create an abstract layer powerful enough to support a directory that could scale to millions of sessions per day. Integrating the directory with Oracle Entitlements Server enabled instant and secure determination of users’ eligibility for the Wi-Fi service.

The solution has proven to be a great success, according to Virgin Media. More than 700,000 people are already online and the system has the remarkable ability to serve up to a million sessions a day.

But that’s not all. Next, the company has set its sights on enabling the London Underground Wi-Fi service for all of Virgin Media’s broadband and contract mobile user base (Virgin Media and Virgin Mobile).

Watch an upcoming Webcast to hear from Virgin Media and aurionPro SENA experts on how they tackled the complex Olympic Wi-Fi undertaking and about their plans for expansion.

Virgin Media Takes Identity Management Underground
Thursday, March 28
10 a.m. PT/ 1 p.m. ET

About Oracle Virtual Directory
Oracle Virtual Directory provides internet and industry-standard LDAP and XML views of existing enterprise identity information—all without synchronizing or moving data from its native locations.

As a result, organizations no longer need to constantly adapt applications to a changing identity landscape as user populations are added, changed, or removed. This, in turn, means faster application deployment at reduced costs.

About Oracle Entitlements Server
Oracle Entitlements Server provides real-time fine-grained authorization in application, service-oriented architecture (SOA), and database environments. This standards-based, policy-driven security solution provides a comprehensive and centralized approach for managing access policies.

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