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Mott Community College Develops Location-based Mobile App With Aruba Mobile Solutions to Elevate On-Campus Experience


College Delivers Integrated App with Student Services, Information
and Wayfinding Using Aruba Wi-Fi, BLE Beacons and Meridian Mobile App

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE:HPE), today announced
that Mott Community College, a publicly-supported, post-secondary
institution in Flint, Michigan, has upgraded its wireless infrastructure
and developed an innovative mobile app using Aruba Wi-Fi and Location
Services solutions. Using its new Aruba infrastructure, Mott can deliver
a fully integrated app to students, faculty and staff that gives them
access to school registration and class information, billing and
financial resources, and navigation across Mott's 34-acre main campus.

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Mott Community College used Aruba mobile solutions for a full-featured mobile app including location ...

Mott Community College used Aruba mobile solutions for a full-featured mobile app including location-based services to helps students navigate the campus. (Graphic: Business Wire)

According to Kirk Yaros, Director of Enterprise Services for Mott
Community College's Information Technology Services, having a functional
mobile app is now a crucial tool for any higher education institution to
recruit and retain students.

"We knew we needed a mobile app to give students and faculty the
information and resources they need daily," he explained. "And from an
IT perspective, we needed an app that we could deploy quickly and
easily, without the need to constantly maintain and manage it."

Given their pending wireless network upgrade, Yaros and the Mott IT team
determined the time was right to develop and release a Mott mobile app.
Using the Meridian Mobile App Platform, along with Aruba location-ready
access points with built-in BLE beacons, individual Aruba BLE Beacons,
and AirWave network management, Mott developed a full-featured app that
leverages the Aruba network infrastructure to provide a wealth of
information and services to Mott students, staff and faculty.

One of Mott's key requirements was the ability to embed custom
applications and sites that the College was already using into the new
mobile app. With the Meridian Mobile App Platform, the College was able
to fully integrate the new app with its Ellucian student information
system to provide registration, billing, accounts receivable/payable,
and degree auditing, as well as the Blackboard learning management
system to give students access to class assignments and information.

"We didn't want to have multiple, different apps that our users would
need to download and that we would need to maintain," said Yaros. "With
the Meridian platform, we were able to create a single app that delivers
access to everything they need. For example, from within the app,
students can link directly to Ellucian to register for courses and view
their billing and financial aid status, as well as use new features that
leverage the Aruba infrastructure – such as the blue dot navigation – to
find their way around campus."

Moving forward, Mott plans to use the new app to promote and provide
details for campus-wide events, enable a virtual tour of the art and
photography that resides on campus, and enable push notifications for
use with registration, food services, and financial department
functions. In addition, they'd like to integrate a rapid response
feature so faculty can use the app in the classroom to push out
questions that students answer in real-time to ensure their
understanding of the lecture material.

Since launching the app, there have been over 2,500 app downloads and
Yaros expects that number to increase as they add new features and

"Having a full-featured mobile app for our school – as well as the right
Wi-Fi infrastructure to support it – is a must, and helps us stay
competitive," Yaros noted. "With our Aruba infrastructure in place and
the mobile app up and running, we can continue to add important features
and functionality, ensuring that Mott Community College remains
competitive from the technological, as well as educational, perspective."

About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of
next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes
worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organizations
to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on
cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal

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