Wi-fi is no longer a tool of convenience. It’s mission critical and the public sector is no exception. Civil servants rely on it to do their jobs, students are being educated on mobile devices, doctors are pulling up records at a patients’ bedside, and millions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices are now being connected to Wi-fi.
Wi-fi in schools is an essential part of the educational technology solution. But connecting all these devices that make up the plethora of equipment used in schools today and ensuring security are as only effective as the wi-fi infrastructure that supports them. It goes without saying that the use of computing devices by every child, sharing devices like printers and scanners, collaborating on interactive displays, unified communications, CCTV, IoT devices and the cloud put a tremendous strain on the WLAN infrastructure. What was sufficient a few years back, probably won’t cut it today. Providing reliable, fast, high quality wi-fi requires an infrastructure that is enterprise grade and designed to meet the needs of today’s students and the technology that is deployed. A 1-1 computing initiative won’t meet its full potential if wi-fi isn’t available from the classroom to the playground.
High quality wi-fi also provides the foundation for a wide variety of security and smart building initiatives. IP-enabled electronic door locking systems, surveillance cameras, digital signage, temperature and motion sensors. All of the above technologies require schools to ensure that their Wi-fi system is reliable and can cope with the data traffic generated by the users.
With the latest WLAN technologies and Wi-fi protocols available, having the right infrastructure shouldn’t be an issue. These days, wi-fi solutions for schools are designed to be modular to enable growth and open to operate seamlessly with a mix of vendor products. Clearly, every child needs to be on the network and connected to the internet in a secure manner. Wi-Fi is the cheapest, most user friendly and practical solution and provided the KCSiE guidelines are adhered to, it’s also a safe option. Likewise, teachers need good connectivity to utilise the latest devices and tools.
However, even for enterprises with well-resourced IT departments, wi-fi related issues are one of the most commonly reported and education establishments suffer more than most organisations according to a report from ZK Research. They maintained that just under 60% of respondents spent at least a quarter of their time doing nothing but troubleshooting wi-fi issues. The good news is that recent advances in AI could provide the answer with powerful management tools that can sift through much larger amounts of data in comparison to human inspection, then pinpoint and resolve the issue.
Exertis provides opportunities to work with the leading networking brands across both commodity and enterprise such as NETGEAR, TP Link, D-Link, Dell, Huawei, Allied Telesis and Ruckus. We also have fully accredited technical engineers who have plenty of experience in networking and wireless technologies. All of our engineers have experience within both UC and security fields, meaning more consideration is given to the requirements of the network deployment and configuration that is implemented. Of course, our resellers can also take advantage of our professional services to support both pre and post-sales.