Welcome!

Microsoft Cloud Authors: Andreas Grabner, Nick Basinger, Kevin Benedict, Pat Romanski, Liz McMillan

Blog Feed Post

eduroam® celebrates a decade of providing secure roaming Internet access for users

Innovative service supported by GÉANT and TERENA enables mobility for researchers and students across 54 countries

Cambridge, UK and Amsterdam, Netherlands, 24 May, 2012, eduroam®, the ground-breaking secure roaming connectivity service has passed a major milestone: since its inception 10 years ago eduroam has now spread to over 50 countries globally, with more than 5,000 locations in Europe alone where researchers, students and teachers with eduroam credentials can securely access the Internet while away from their home institution.

A celebration of eduroam's ten-year anniversary will take place during the 2012 TERENA Networking Conference (TNC2012), with special recognition for the role of Klaas Wierenga who had the original idea for eduroam while employed at SURFnet, the Dutch National Research and Education Network (NREN) organisation. The anniversary is 30 May 2012.

Secure roaming access
Today's research and education community is increasingly mobile, and depends on technology and the Internet to collaborate and communicate. eduroam was created to meet these needs. Without the need to register for guest accounts or remember extra passwords, users can simply open their laptops or activate their mobile devices, and eduroam automatically authenticates them with their home institution and handles authorisation via the institution they are visiting. This not only benefits researchers, teachers and students, but reduces the support burden for institutions themselves, making it simple to provide access for visiting users without adding to their administrative workload.

Ten years ago, Klaas Wierenga was "getting annoyed by the fact that whenever I visited a university I had to register my wireless card or borrow one from the local IT department to get online." He realised that "there was no reason why visitors from SURFnet-connected institutions should not get access to the campus and SURFnet network" and, following some initial experimentation, on 30 May 2002 he emailed his idea to experts from the wider European NREN community, who were participating in the TERENA Task Force on Mobility (now TF-MNM). "It was the perfect place to get feedback and improve on half-baked ideas," says Klaas. "I also realised that what we were trialling on a small scale in the Netherlands could be broadened out across other countries."

Miroslav Milinović works at Srce, University Computing Centre, University of Zagreb in Croatia, which took part in the first eduroam developments ten years ago along with SURFnet, the University of Southampton and the Portuguese NREN, FCCN. He leads the Operational Team that coordinates the European eduroam confederation as part of the pan-European GÉANT project, and also chairs the Global eduroam Governance Committee (GeGC), which was established to ensure the uniform deployment of eduroam across existing and new territories. "Ten years ago wireless networks and mobile working were in their infancy, but as demand has increased from the global research community, eduroam has expanded its reach to meet changing working needs," he says. "The service and the technology behind it are continuing to develop and improve, with the research and education networking community still contributing their time and expertise through TERENA task forces and GÉANT project research and service activities."

Cutting-edge developments
The eduroam infrastructure is based on 802.1X standard technology and RADIUS proxy servers which handle authentication requests within participating institutions. "eduroam is now a significant player in the wireless access industry with our voice heard by manufacturers and specification writers alike. We have taken the technologies on which eduroam is based to their limits and beyond, and are constantly influencing industry and standardisation organisations to take the underlying technologies to the next level, improving ease-of-use ever further," says Stefan Winter of RESTENA, the Luxembourg NREN, Lead Engineer for eduroam research and development in Europe. "Now, ten years after eduroam started using these technologies, industry at large is picking it up for their commercial systems as well - eduroam was a decade ahead of the commercial market."

A collaborative effort
The eduroam service is provided through a large-scale collaboration between hundreds of institutions, the majority of which own and operate the service's infrastructure. Roaming Operators (ROs), in many cases NRENs, coordinate this infrastructure with campuses and hotspot operators to ensure a consistent eduroam experience no matter where a user roams.

Collaboration on the world-wide level takes place through the GeGC, which currently includes nominated representatives from the Asia-Pacific region (Australia, Japan), North America (Canada, the United States), Latin America (Brazil, Peru), Africa (Kenya) and the confederation of ROs in Europe. The GeGC authorises ROs to operate the eduroam service once they comply with its technical and organisational standards, which were devised to ensure consistent high standards everywhere as the service expands.

Expansion to 54 territories
On 19 April 2012, the GeGC approved applications from organisations in Brazil, Peru, Kenya, New Zealand, Republic of China (Taiwan), Thailand and Hong Kong to operate eduroam. This brought the number of recognised eduroam participating territories to 54, alongside Australia, Canada, USA, Japan, and the European confederation that represents Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

More information about eduroam is available via: www.eduroam.org

About GÉANT
The GÉANT project provides the high-speed European communication network, GÉANT, which is dedicated to research and education. In combination with project partners, GÉANT creates a secure, high-speed research infrastructure that serves 40 million researchers in over 8,000 institutions across 40 European countries. Building on the success of its predecessors, GÉANT has been created around the needs of users, providing flexible, end-to-end services that transform the way that researchers collaborate. GÉANT is at the heart of global research networking through wide ranging connections with other world regions, underpinning vital projects that bridge the digital divide and benefit society as a whole.

Co-funded by the European Commission under the EU's 7th Research and Development Framework Programme, GÉANT is the e-infrastructure at the heart of the EU's European Research Area and contributes to the development of emerging Internet technologies. The project partners are 32 European National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), TERENA and DANTE, which operates GÉANT on behalf of Europe's NRENs. For more information, see www.geant.net

DANTE Contact:
Paul Maurice
+44 (0)1223 371 300
[email protected]

About TERENA
The Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association, TERENA, is the collaborative forum in which NRENs, research institutes, equipment vendors and telecommunications operators meet, exchange information and experience, and innovate Internet technology, infrastructure and services for use by the research and education community. TERENA activities - projects, task forces and events - are open to any organisation or individual who can offer appropriate expertise, manpower or other resources.

As part of the GÉANT project, TERENA staff participate in the European eduroam Operational Team and help to promote the service. The TERENA Task Force on Mobility and Network Middleware (TF-MNM) continues to keep eduroam as a focus of some of its work, and TERENA provides secretariat support to the Global eduroam Governance Committee, which was constituted in November 2010 with seven senior representatives of roaming operators in North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe. TERENA finalised the summary charter for global eduroam governance after extensive consultation with eduroam leaders from these regions and appoints GeGC members on the basis of nominations from their regional confederation or regional groups of roaming operators.

The TERENA Networking Conference (TNC) is the largest and most prestigious European research networking conference - over 500 participants including decision makers, networking specialists and managers from all major European networking and research organisations, universities, worldwide sister institutions and industry representatives attend. https://tnc2012.terena.org/

® eduroam is a registered trademark of TERENA.
(http://www.terena.org)

TERENA Contact:
Laura Durnford
Senior Communications Officer
+31 (0) 651776721
[email protected]

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By RealWire News Distribution

RealWire is a global news release distribution service specialising in the online media. The RealWire approach focuses on delivering relevant content to the receivers of our client's news releases. As we know that it is only through delivering relevance, that influence can ever be achieved.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
The graph represents a network of 1,329 Twitter users whose recent tweets contained "#DevOps", or who were replied to or mentioned in those tweets, taken from a data set limited to a maximum of 18,000 tweets. The network was obtained from Twitter on Thursday, 10 January 2019 at 23:50 UTC. The tweets in the network were tweeted over the 7-hour, 6-minute period from Thursday, 10 January 2019 at 16:29 UTC to Thursday, 10 January 2019 at 23:36 UTC. Additional tweets that were mentioned in this...
Today's workforce is trading their cubicles and corporate desktops in favor of an any-location, any-device work style. And as digital natives make up more and more of the modern workforce, the appetite for user-friendly, cloud-based services grows. The center of work is shifting to the user and to the cloud. But managing a proliferation of SaaS, web, and mobile apps running on any number of clouds and devices is unwieldy and increases security risks. Steve Wilson, Citrix Vice President of Cloud,...
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks. We're in the midst of a wave of excitement around AI such as hasn't been seen for a few decades. But those previous periods of inflated expectations led to troughs of disappointment. This time is (mostly) different. Applications of AI such as predictive analytics are already decreasing costs and improving reliability of industrial machinery. Pattern recognition can equal or exceed the ability of human experts in some domains. It's devel...
The term "digital transformation" (DX) is being used by everyone for just about any company initiative that involves technology, the web, ecommerce, software, or even customer experience. While the term has certainly turned into a buzzword with a lot of hype, the transition to a more connected, digital world is real and comes with real challenges. In his opening keynote, Four Essentials To Become DX Hero Status Now, Jonathan Hoppe, Co-Founder and CTO of Total Uptime Technologies, shared that ...
The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a non-profit organization that provides business support services to companies expanding to Japan. With the support of JETRO's dedicated staff, clients can incorporate their business; receive visa, immigration, and HR support; find dedicated office space; identify local government subsidies; get tailored market studies; and more.
As you know, enterprise IT conversation over the past year have often centered upon the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration system. In fact, Kubernetes has emerged as the key technology -- and even primary platform -- of cloud migrations for a wide variety of organizations. Kubernetes is critical to forward-looking enterprises that continue to push their IT infrastructures toward maximum functionality, scalability, and flexibility. As they do so, IT professionals are also embr...
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
As the fourth industrial revolution continues to march forward, key questions remain related to the protection of software, cloud, AI, and automation intellectual property. Recent developments in Supreme Court and lower court case law will be reviewed to explain the intricacies of what inventions are eligible for patent protection, how copyright law may be used to protect application programming interfaces (APIs), and the extent to which trademark and trade secret law may have expanded relev...
When Enterprises started adopting Hadoop-based Big Data environments over the last ten years, they were mainly on-premise deployments. Organizations would spin up and manage large Hadoop clusters, where they would funnel exabytes or petabytes of unstructured data.However, over the last few years the economics of maintaining this enormous infrastructure compared with the elastic scalability of viable cloud options has changed this equation. The growth of cloud storage, cloud-managed big data e...
Your applications have evolved, your computing needs are changing, and your servers have become more and more dense. But your data center hasn't changed so you can't get the benefits of cheaper, better, smaller, faster... until now. Colovore is Silicon Valley's premier provider of high-density colocation solutions that are a perfect fit for companies operating modern, high-performance hardware. No other Bay Area colo provider can match our density, operating efficiency, and ease of scalability.