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by Euro Reporter
2012-04-11 07:49:36
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Copenhagen, Denmark implements wireless network

Aruba Networks, Inc. today announced that the Government of the City of Copenhagen in Denmark (Kobenhavns Kommune) has deployed a wireless network based on Aruba’s Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture in order to deliver wireless and remote connectivity to employees. “Users want a network service that is simple to access, reliable, and always available,” said Abass Henjer Ashoor of Koncern Service at Kobenhavns Kommune. “And as the IT supplier to the city’s government, our needs are not that much different. With Aruba’s wireless and remote solutions we get an infrastructure that can be deployed anywhere, is easy to manage and very reliable, no matter where our users are -- on site, at home or abroad.” Koncern Service is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kobenhavns Kommune. It is tasked to provide a range of services to the city government of Copenhagen to enable it to be a modern public corporation offering quality services to the population of Scandinavia’s largest city. Over the last few years, Koncern Service has built a wireless network that exceeds one thousand 802.11n access points extending its service to most of its sites across the city including the City Hall (Radhus), libraries, offices and care centres, and also to several hundred remote offices and users.
As is typical of very large organisations consisting of independent, geographically separated departments, there was no homogeneous network infrastructure in place. Consequently, one of Koncern Services’ key objectives was to implement a wireless infrastructure that was independent of the underlying network, yet able to deliver the same level of service, reliability and simplicity of operation wherever it was required. In addition to building a highly scalable and secure wireless network , Kobenhavns Kommune Koncern Services also recognised the economic, environmental and productivity benefits that would accrue from allowing workers to work securely from remote sites that were not owned by the city, or from home. Koncern Service found that solution with Aruba Remote Access Networking portfolio.

“When we first started looking at wireless solutions in 2007, there were many potential suitors,” said Ashoor. “During the evaluation process we quickly realised that choosing Aruba would lead to overall lower operational and on-going costs -- one network for wireless LAN and remote networking, all centrally controlled from the AirWave management platform makes it easy for us to deliver the quality and reliability our users expect.”


First ‘saviour sibling’

Debate has been sparked in Denmark after a couple gave birth to the country’s first ‘saviour sibling’, which they hope to use as a donor for their older, seriously ill child. Aarhus University Hospital has announced that a couple, whose son has a rare and potentially fatal disease, are now ready to transfer cells from their nine-month old baby’s umbilical cord into their older child. “This is groundbreaking,” Dr Jakob Ingerslev of Aarhus University Hospital’s fertility clinic, told Jyllands-Posten newspaper. “It is the first time in Denmark that a child has been born that was conceived to supply the umbilical cord blood that could rescue a sibling.”

Ingerslev went on to say that the couple successfully conceived a child for the same purpose in 2009, but aborted the pregnancy when they discovered it had Down’s syndrome. The doctor said this decision proved the couple wanted another healthy child. “They aren’t just looking for parts,” he said. “Otherwise, they would have kept the Down’s syndrome child.” However, not everyone is as excited about the birth of Denmark’s first saviour sibling. Thomas Ploug, a member of the Ethics Council and an Aalborg University Copenhagen professor, told Jyllands-Posten that children should not be brought into the world under such circumstances.

“I understand the terrible situation of the parents and admire their efforts to help their child,” said Ploug. “But I am worried that this is another case that seems to question the value of individual human life and dignity. This does not rule out the legitimacy of creating a child for the sake of a sibling, but it is important that the parents are aware of the value of each child for its own sake.” The sick child in Aarhus is now awaiting a transfusion of cells, taken from his baby brother’s umbilical cord, to be injected into his bone marrow.


Denmark in recession after revised growth data

Denmark has entered a recession, official data showed on 30 March, after growth figures for the fourth quarter of 2011 were revised to show a 0.1% contraction, Economic Times reported. In February, the national statistics institute had forecast slight growth of 0.2% in the October-December period, following a 0.1%contraction in the previous quarter. A recession is defined by two quarters running of negative growth.

Experts however view the unexpected slip into recession to be "a technical detail," Danish financial daily Boersen pointed out in its online edition. Statistics Denmark meanwhile said that its revised numbers were seasonally adjusted and the margin of error in terms of gross domestic product (GDP) stood at around 0.5%.

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