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In today’s IT-driven world, a fast, secure and reliable data network is vital for schools and colleges, where there is increasing pressure to embrace technology to streamline working practices and to prepare children for the world of technology that awaits them beyond education.

Schools and...

19/08
2013
The pressures on data networks in schools and colleges
Posted by Caroline Moore on 19/08 at 08:36 AM Videos and webinars, Education, Data networks, Education,

In today’s IT-driven world, a fast, secure and reliable data network is vital for schools and colleges, where there is increasing pressure to embrace technology to streamline working practices and to prepare children for the world of technology that awaits them beyond education.

Schools and colleges require a local area network (LAN) to connect computers and other network devices, such as printers, servers and wireless devices, including WiFi handsets, tablets and WiFi access points.

A LAN is increasingly considered the backbone of modern schools and colleges, right through from small, rural primary schools to large, academic and vocational colleges, to reduce costs through colleagues and pupils sharing equipment and applications, as well as to deliver high-speed Internet access. Further savings can be generated by using VoIP telephony and video conferencing.

Having worked within the education sector for many years, we have seen its needs grow as technology has developed. These challenges can be divided into two types: problems associated with the existing network, and requirements created by a move towards a technology-driven society. The challenges include:

  • Strain on connectivity due to the addition of extra IT equipment
  • Loss of service due to student interference with unmanaged network equipment
  • Degradation of network service due to pupil’s Smartphone and tablet PC use
  • Telephones and voicemail required for all classrooms, not just for reception and office staff
  • Computers considered an expected requirement for all classrooms
  • Interactive whiteboards and similar teaching tools are becoming the norm not an exception
  • Site-wide wireless Internet access is needed for both staff and pupils
  • Online tests perceived as the future of some elements of the examination process
  • Preventing highly confidential staff information being accessed by pupils and students by using dual networks

If you need more information on the most suitable LAN for your school or college, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 
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Caroline Moore on 19/08/2013

Former newspaper journalist, Caroline joined the company in 2008 with no previous knowledge of the industry.

She set about stripping back all the jargon to produce plain English marketing collateral to support the sales teams. Now slightly more well-versed in the dark arts of voice, connectivity and data services, Caroline writes blogs, case studies, data sheets and social media updates to engage with potential and existing customers.

This industry is far cry from her previous working life when she worked as communications manager for Exeter Chiefs and Northampton Saints.


Contact: caroline.moore@swcomms.co.uk