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Looking into the Future: Exploring Enhancements to the eduroam Infrastructure

Over the past decade, the eduroam™ wireless roaming consortium has grown enormously in popularity by connecting thousands of independent participating institutions worldwide to allow easy and secure access to wireless internet for mobile institutional users. At the inception of eduroam, the RADIUS protocol was only a few years old but was deemed the most applicable. A decade, and many large-­scale RADIUS deployments later, the eduroam team has appreciated the durability of the RADIUS protocol but has experienced it’s fair share of challenges. Most of these challenges are invisible to end users as they are infrastructure improvements behind the scenes by the eduroam Regional Operators. However, it will be these improvements that enable the eduroam infrastructure to continue to scale as end users behaviour converges on always being connected regardless where they are, with their multiple devices refreshing to the latest technology more frequently than ever. The eduroam team is evaluating new technologies and approaches with an eye to maintaining the qualities that eduroam is known for while leveraging the infrastructure investments of the eduroam Regional Operators around the globe.

This presentation will highlight some of the technologies and express an opinion on their impact and value to the eduroam service. As well, this presentation will highlight key challenges, emerging requirements, and explore options to upgrade with little to no service interruption. A course of action will be presented for discussion to solicit feedback and insight. While much of the content is technical in nature exploring the implications to policy , procedures, and business models will also be incorporated.

Speakers

Authors

  • Chris Phillips
  • Stefan Winter

Part of session

eduroam

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