A wireless broadband company was confronted with a difficult task when one of their customers (service provider) demanded a solution that would allow them to execute bulk provisioning across all the wireless devices deployed in the network. This requirement came about because the service provider wanted to change their security policy on a periodic basis.
Since the security key could change periodically, it could not be programmed into the embedded software in the device. Because a large number of devices had to be provisioned and it was not a task that could be done manually. Another "key constraint" imposed by the service provider was to keep the device downtime as short as possible to ensure that the end users were not appreciably affected.
The option of "writing scripts" to provision a large number of devices was seriously considered but was quickly dropped because, before the device could be provisioned, it needed to be logged into under a specific userid and password with the login validated by the device.
"Template driven bulk provisioning" capabilities of NetMan solved the broadband vendor's customer problem by helping them to configure the activity once and get it executed based on a pre-defined schedule. Since the provisioning module's "template driven approach" had support for substituting device specific details at the time of execution, it came in handy to get the job accomplished. The parallel provisioning capabilities helped in "getting thousands of devices provisioned" within few minutes, there by reducing the downtime.
The overall solution was appreciated by the service provider as it provided them with the ability to provision a large number of devices quickly and at the same time it gave them the flexibility to include device specific details during the provisioning process as well.