St Simon Peter Catholic Primary School | Wireless-as-a-Service (WaaS)
Over the past few years, St Simon Peter Catholic Primary School has seen an exponential increase of wireless devices within the school and as the school prepared to roll out a 1:1 device initiative, they needed to address some of their connectivity issues.
Struggling Under The Pressure
Although the school has a fast and capable internet connection, the aging wireless infrastructure paired with the growing number of devices was no longer delivering an acceptable level of connectivity. Regular OS and Application updates, and consistent access to cloud-based data meant that the network frequently ground to a halt. Whole staff Professional Development (PD) days in the main hall completely disrupted the network, leaving the staff unable to use their devices throughout the day.
“The network infrastructure struggled under pressure and as a result the wireless connection regularly dropped out. Put simply, too many devices and not enough access.” Ashlee Dale, Technologies Coordinator explains.
Solutions IT performed a wireless audit throughout the campus including RF Spectrum analysis and predictive planning based on the expected number of devices and type of usage in each area of the school. This was used to plan the correct number and placement of wireless access points in order to meet the school’s coverage and capacity requirements.
Blazing Fast Wireless
Within a week, the aging wireless access points were replaced with the new hardware. “The deployment was a seamless experience and now we have a network that can efficiently handle updates, downloads, steaming services and uploads, without interrupting the students’ learning experience. We have now seen a shift in the use of learning spaces and environments, with classes utilising outdoor spaces, while maintaining wireless connectivity, to enhance the students’ learning. Our two 1:1 device year levels can also enjoy the full functionality of their device in real-time.”
The WaaS Offering
Solutions IT’s WaaS offering proactively monitors the schools infrastructure and wireless network. In addition to this they provide useful tools such as traffic shaping and firewall inclusions. For example, if NAPLAN testing is required to be run, and the school wants to limit bandwidth usage of non-essential applications, rules can be applied to limit the amount of bandwidth given to Video/Streaming type applications, thus giving priority to those devices conducting the testing.
Should the school require specific firewall rules to block inappropriate activities such as gaming sites, this can easily be applied to ensure better utilisation of the wireless network.
On top of the analysis, improved security and scalability, WaaS offers schools a fixed price, low monthly payment plans, and can eliminate ongoing associated hardware and software costs.
For more information about Wireless as a Service (Waas) contact email@example.com or 08 6241 2550
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Katy De Caprio and Annemarie Dembo are the dynamic duo that look after ICT and resources at Winthrop Primary School.
Ethical Device Sanitisation & Disposal
Winthrop Primary School had 60 old devices, a mix of iPads and MacBook Pros, that needed to be wiped and disposed of so Katy and Annemarie had started exploring options for their disposal.
The school had an obligation to sanitise the machines prior to any disposal and also wanted to ensure that they were disposed of ethically, so Annemarie gained a number of quotes from recycling companies.
“The timing was perfect.” recalls Katy, “At a regular visit, I was talking to John about our intent to wipe and dispose of our devices and it was then that we learned about the Solutions IT Buyback program”.
Technology Buyback Program
Solutions IT’s Buyback program is a fast, simple and effective trade-in solution for old devices. Quite simply, old devices are traded in for cash. The program offers competitive market leading valuations and complete data integrity which includes a sanitation certificate.
“John did pretty much everything.” laughs Katy, “It was super easy; we gave him the list of devices with serial numbers that we simply had copied from our inventories. He came back a few days later with a price. As per our school protocol, we went to two other companies for a comparison but Solutions IT’s offer was by far the most competitive, so we accepted it.”
The pick-up process is easy and completely free, “We were given simple instructions on how to pack up the devices. Luckily, we didn’t need to clean off any sticky residue from our labels as that would have taken someone a day to clean at least. Another saving.”
“When John advised that the goods had been received and checked by the data destruction company we raised an invoice to Solutions IT. Soon after, we rece ived the funds along with a data destruction sanitisation certificate. The whole process took about 3 weeks.”
Saved Dollars & Gained Dollars
“We were delighted!” says Annemarie, “We avoided paying hundreds of dollars to a company to wipe and dispose of our old machines, and on top of that we ended up receiving enough money to fund six additional iPads! Win, win, win!”
If you would like to learn more about Solutions IT’s Buyback Program for your school, contact us today.