Shannon becomes first Irish airport to introduce eduroam wifi

Shannon becomes first Irish airport to introduce eduroam wifi

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Shannon Airport has recorded another first after rolling out eduroam – the secure global wifi roaming service for the international research and education community.

Over 1billion authentications happen every year on eduroam, which securely connects students, staff, and researchers around the world to the Internet, enabling them to access all their academic activities while on campus or on the move.

Shannon is the first Irish airport to introduce eduroam wifi (education roaming), adding to the 12,000 locations across 101 countries worldwide where it operates.

By just opening their laptop or smartphone, those from participating institutions around the world have Internet connectivity – across their own third level campus, when visiting other participating institutions and in public places, now including Shannon Airport.

eduroam is managed in Ireland by HEAnet – the country’s National Education & Research Network, in collaboration with GÉANT and the global eduroam community.

Kerrie Power, HEAnet CEO said, “eduroam is highly valued by its millions of users around the world and our hope for the future is to see more and more hotspots appearing in public places as they follow Shannon Airports lead.”

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Professor Vincent Cunnane, President of LIT, said: “Shannon airport is making a very significant statement by making eduroam available to its users at this point.  Researchers, students, and academics globally rely on eduroam for their everyday connectivity.  It is a brand they trust and recognise, and this initiative by HEAnet and Shannon underscores this region’s culture of connectivity and our innovative outlook.

“The regional economy of the Mid-West is increasingly sophisticated and attractive to investors, while the student body here is increasingly mobile and international.  The availability of eduroam in Shannon speaks to this contemporary reality.”

Andrew Murphy, Shannon Airport Managing Director, said “We are delighted to be able to install eduroam connectivity for its users coming through Shannon.  It is currently available across third level institutions working with HEAnet and also in some HSE Hospitals.  Shannon has now become the first Irish airport to adopt the technology.  This is in keeping with a key proposition here, which makes life easy for our passengers and airlines.

“We offer free Wi-fi at Shannon but being able to offer this secure, dedicated service with HEAnet will enable students, staff, and researchers to be fully connected with their campus.  People spend up to two hours at airports and a lot of that is downtime that they can use to get some work down and eduroam will facilitate this.”

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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