Additional Czech Railway Stations to Offer Internet Access via eduroam

Prague, 14 November 2017 Railway stations in Ústí nad Labem, Hradec Králové and Zlín have been covered by the eduroam service, which offers WiFi Internet connection free of charge for students, teachers and scientists. It was enabled by a joint project of the CESNET association and ČD – Telematika, which have been introducing this solution at selected Czech railway stations since 2014.

Users of eduroam are currently able to use the service to connect to the Internet at Hlavní Nádraží and Masarykovo Nádraží in Prague, as well as at the railway station in Pardubice. Preparations are underway to include railway stations in Brno, Plzeň, the Ostrava terminal and Ostrava – Svinov, Olomouc and České Budějovice. This is a way for CESNET to extend the coverage of the eduroam international roaming infrastructure, which is operated by CESNET for this country.

Eduroam (education roaming) is a safe WiFi infrastructure developed and operated by the international research and education community. It operates on the same principle as roaming for mobile operators. Each user has a single account in their home network which is used for authorisation in any network of any member of the project.

The eduroam coverage currently includes 825 connection points in the Czech Republic. Users can also connect within over 12 thousand facilities in over 85 countries throughout the world. Wireless Internet connection is thus just as easy on the move as it is at your school or other organisation, and a single set of login data is required. This concept corresponds to the current BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend, where students and teachers alike commonly access networks using their own notebooks, tablets and smartphones.

CESNET belongs among the pioneers and initiators of this concept of network access and has long been motivating other organisations to expand the infrastructure at the national level. By joining the eduroam infrastructure, an organisation obtains a simple user authentication system and a reciprocal possibility for users to connect worldwide.

For more details visit: www.eduroam.cz

The CESNET Association was founded by Czech universities and the Czech Academy of Sciences in 1996. It is engaged in research and development in the field of information and communication technologies and builds and develops the CESNET national e-infrastructure for research and education. Thanks to its research activities and accomplishments, it represents the Czech Republic in important international projects, particularly in building the pan-European GÉANT data network or grid projects (EGI.eu), and actively participates in their implementation. CESNET places great emphasis on the security of network operations, services and user protection.

ČD – Telematika, a. s., is a prominent supplier of wholesale Internet, data and voice services, as well as services in the area of management, maintenance and construction of optical infrastructures. Their activity portfolio is supplemented by services with added value, including contact centre services, system integration, diagnostics and data analysis or cyber-security. The Internet of things is another dynamically developing segment of provided services; it implements solutions such as smart parking. For more details visit: www.cdt.cz

Last change: 16.11.2017