UCOPIA Express is mainly aimed at small organisations (Hotels, SMB, Clinics, Schools, ...).
UCOPIA Express sits between a wired (Ethernet, DSLAM, CPL) or wireless (Wi-Fi) access network and the organisation's LAN.
All data streams from or to the user pass through the UCOPIA Express controller in order to guarantee security and improve end user experience. Based upon the model, UCOPIA Express is able to manage up to 1000 concurrent users and is very simple to install in the network infrastructure.
UCOPIA Express combines most of the UCOPIA features and is remarkable simple to install.
Installation and management of UCOPIA Express are very fast thanks to its simple and user-friendly administration graphic interfaces. The solution incorporates all of the modules required for its operation (LDAP directory, RADIUS server, DHCP server, etc.) and does not require any additional tool or module.
- User Authentication
UCOPIA Express incorporates a full authentication server, which checks user identities.
It offers authentication by Web portal particularly suited to visitors through its ease of use. UCOPIA Express includes a RADIUS server to ensure a high level of security for employees. UCOPIA Express is able to interface with any type of directory (LDAP or Active Directory).
Administration of authentication policies is carried out very simply via a secure Web interface.
- Rigorous management of access rights
Each user is characterised by his/her profile. The profile accurately describes the user's rights (Internet, messaging, internal applications). The profiles are applied dynamically during user connection periods.
Depending on the user profile, UCOPIA Express is able to redirect, after leaving the Express box, a user's traffic over a specific VLAN and redirect Internet data streams (Proxy). This makes it possible to isolate different groups of users and thus to enforce the company's security policies. UCOPIA Express is able to manage multiple profiles, multiple portals, and multiple zones.
- Confidentiality of data
UCOPIA Express is compatible with the encryption mechanisms available at the access points (TKIP, AES) and standardised by the IEEE in 802.11i.
- The retention of connection data
As soon as an organisation provides guest access, it has a legal obligation to protect connection data for those guests, who connect to the network (European Directive 2006-24-EC and French Decree dated 24 March 2006). UCOPIA Express meets this requirement by managing session logs (who was connected when?) and activity logs (who has done what?).
This data can also serve to improve the operation of the network.
- Guest Access
UCOPIA Express provides a response to the issues of secure guest access, zero configuration and managing user accounts.
A straightforward and user-friendly Web tool enables visitors to use the network. This customisable delegation feature can be used to define the delegate administrator’s remit in advance. An authorised individual will be able to use UCOPIA Express to create a temporary account, and allocate a predefined profile to it with a time slot and/ or time credit.
A connection ticket will be generated and handed to the user. In addition to this visitor hosting tool, UCOPIA offers solutions allowing users to self-register on the UCOPIA portal. Under these circumstances, no third party intervention is needed; users receive their connection settings via text message on their mobile phones or buy time credit on-line making payment by credit card.
- Zero-configuration mobile access
User PCs or PDAs are not always configured appropriately for connecting to the access network. UCOPIA Express allows users to connectand access network resources with no prior configuration or installation, and with no need for technical support. IP addressing, internetproxies, email, etc. are all thus handled automatically.User experience is greatly increased and technical support work reduced to a minimum.
- Managing zones
UCOPIA Express allows you to define zones: the reception and office areas within a business, the lobby and rooms in a hotel, ...
Depending upon the zone to which the user connects, UCOPIA Express provides a tailor-made authentication portal: free or chargeable, with or without time credit,...
The administrator can also decide to block access to certain zones, for example preventing guests from connecting to the office zone. A zone is associated with one or several VLANs.
- Straightforward Administration
UCOPIA Express provides administration, configuration and supervision functions via a simple and intuitive Web interface.
UCOPIA Express in particular allows real time display of connected users and the applications in use.