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Introduction

Chausson Matériaux was founded in 1921 by Albert Chausson and was France’s first independent building material distributor. Chausson Matériaux specializes in construction areas. They provide professional products and services that cover all stages of construction, including structural systems, carpentry, roofing, ceilings, plastering, insulation, landscaping, tiling, and tools. Chausson Matériaux has more than 330 generalist and specialist agencies, 5 logistics platforms and 3600 employees.

Background

The popularity of smartphones has transformed the way people access information, making people more accustomed to getting information from the Internet anytime, anywhere. Wi-Fi delivers lower-cost and higher-speed Internet access than 4G. Therefore, providing free Wi-Fi in stores is a new way to attract customers and improve customer satisfaction. Additionally, Chausson Matériaux could push new products and offers on the login page when customers connect to the Wi-Fi network.

In addition, Wi-Fi is now essential for the store’s office network and logistics. Employees use handheld devices for their work and barcode scanning is used in storage for recording logistics information. Therefore, in 2016, Chausson Matériaux decided to build a new, fast, stable and secure Wi-Fi network.

Challenges

The number of terminals in retail stores is much higher than in normal office and home Wi-Fi networks. Chausson Matériaux’s first challenge was to provide a high-speed, stable Wi-Fi network in a high-density scenario. In addition, due to public users and Chausson Matériaux employees sharing the same Wi-Fi network, Chausson Matériaux had to consider how to ensure network security and separate the normal user traffic from the enterprise’s internal traffic.

In order to attract more customers to use the Wi-Fi network, Chausson Matériaux needed to consider how to ensure security for customers while making the Wi-Fi network easy to use. As more important services are switched to the Wi-Fi network, employees hope they can continue to do their work, such as making conference calls and downloading or uploading files, while on the move. Wi-Fi networks must support fast roaming between different APs, ensuring services are not interrupted when employees are moving.

Huawei Solution

Huawei recommends the performance-enhanced, 802.11ac-capable AP4030DN as the indoor coverage AP. The AP4030DN supports 2x2 MIMO and 1.167 Gbit/s throughput and can provide 2.4G/5G dual-band access. It can also achieve high-definition video conference calls and large file transfers. Customers can leverage the free Huawei WLAN Planner to design a Wi-Fi network without coverage holes. With high performance APs and professional WLAN planning, customers and employees can enjoy a high speed and stable network anytime, anywhere.

The Huawei WLAN solution is a comprehensive security solution that not only protects customer networks, but also protects Wi-Fi networks from attacks. 802.1x/Portal/MAC authentication is used to separate customer traffic from enterprise internal traffic, and customers can register by themselves to gain basic access. MAC authentication facilitates access to the network for barcode scanners without installing any software. The Huawei WLAN solution supports WIDS/WIPS, and can monitor, identify, defend, counteract, and evaluate rogue devices, protecting Wi-Fi networks.

The Huawei WLAN solution also provides easy customization and display of advertisements on the login page. Chausson Matériaux can push new products and offers on the login page as required and the Wi-Fi network can help Chausson Matériaux increase sales.

Benefits

With Huawei’s new WLAN solution, Chausson Matériaux provides a new attractive service for customers and extends customers’ stay. Chausson Matériaux can distribute customised advertisements to inform customers of the latest offers and new products in real time.

The efficiency of work is also improved. Employees can work anywhere, and logistic information can be recorded anywhere by barcode scanners.

Chausson Matériaux provide localised services for customers, helping customers quickly find the goods they want. Upgrading the Wi-Fi network is one part of Chausson Matériaux’s digital transformation. Chausson Matériaux will continue their digital transformation to reform their business and achieve further business success.

About Huawei Enterprise Business Group

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Huawei Enterprise’s innovative and leading solutions cover network infrastructure, Unifi ed Communications and Collaboration (UC&C), cloud computing and data center, enterprise information security, and industry application solutions.

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About Chausson Matériaux

Chausson Matériaux, orignally founded in 1921 as a local store, gradually grew into a major distributor of construction goods. The company now boasts over 3600 staff members, 350 generalist or industry specific agencies, plus 6 large logistics platforms, spread over 57 French departments, with a strong presence in the Southern half of the country.

Chausson Matériaux provides building professionals with goods, tools and all structural materials needed for construction sites. The company also owns its own production sites for concrete blocks, as well as wood and metal frameworks.

For more information, please visit: chausson-materiaux.fr.

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