Alcatel announced an addition to its line of OmniAccess wireless LAN switches that provides broad, highly secure Wi-Fi coverage for enterprises, campuses and other heavy-use areas. The switches are available in stackable and chassis-based versions.

The switches support 10/100/1000 Ethernet speeds and offer centralized encryption for 802.11i and user-aware stateful firewalls, according to the company. In addition, the switches assign security and access rights on a per-user basis; a “follow-me” application tracks the user regardless of where in the network the user connects, keeping intact the user’s security and access rights.

In other news, Alcatel said it has deployed an advanced digital voice and data communications network in the state of Washington that replaces the legacy analog system. The company said the new system would let the state manage its public-safety communications network from a single platform and allocate bandwidth according to application. The current network supports both the state police and department of transportation, but other agencies are expected to join the network later this year.