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Secure Wireless Networking Showcased at Charlotte's Mint Museum

Business Challenges

When Charlotte’s Mint Museum moved from its Randolph Road location to its new uptown facility its biggest challenges was to incorporate a secure wireless network. With the explosion of hand held devices, and the increase of mobile users, the Museum knew this was a good time to install a wireless system that could support guests visiting the Mint Museum as well as employee access.

Our Solution

The Mint Museum’s IT Services Group engaged SecurEdge Networks to design and install a wireless network solution that would allow them to provide connectivity throughout the new facility. This secure connectivity would be available for their employees as well as Museum Guests.

SecurEdge Networks’ team of wireless engineers used various tools and their deep experience to put together a wireless design. This wireless design implemented the newest wireless technology, completely covering the new large Mint Museum facility with a secure wireless network. The new wireless technology that was installed will not only help the Museum with current wireless needs, but also future wireless services. Future wireless services include giving employees the ability to inventory exhibit pieces through handheld mobile devices, providing patrons with narrated audio tours and even a wireless hotspot, located in the Museum’s Café.   

SecurEdge Networks provided a secure wireless system with top of the line, above industry equipment. One of the advantages of the wireless network is a feature called “guest access”. Guest Access allows the Mint Museum a complete secured wireless infrastructure, meaning guest traffic on the network is separated from Museum employee traffic. This allows the Museum to easily track visitors on their wireless network and prevent malicious activity. 

 

Results

Specific features of the wireless network provided to the Mint includes:

  • Mint Private – Employee access with laptops
    Highly secure wireless access
    Role based access using firewall policies to define access
  • Mint Guest – Public access 
    Captive portal authentication 
    Secured using mixed mode WPA/WPA2-PSK
    Role based access limiting Guest use to HTTP/HTTPS only to internet
    Physical port segmentation of traffic connected to Fortigate 80C for web content filtering/malware/application control
  • Mint Device – Miscellaneous device access
    Created for devices with minimal security capabilities
    Role based access using firewall policies to limit network access to resources 
    Currently being used by AV vendor and other vendors for communication on the Museum network