Welcome!

News Feed Item

One of Britain's Largest Primary Schools Upgrades With Xirrus Wireless

Sudbury Primary School Opts for Remote Learning With New Xirrus Wi-Fi Network

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 01/22/14 -- Xirrus®, the leader in high-performance wireless networks, today announced that Sudbury Primary School has deployed Xirrus Access Points (APs) and Arrays to deliver a Wi-Fi network for its 930+ pupils and 100+ staff.

The new network is based on a combination of APs and Arrays deployed specifically to meet differing density requirements across the campus and has enabled the school to change its IT set up to an entirely wireless environment, removing all fixed computers. Pupils and teachers are now able to access learning applications and resources from any classroom and any device.

"The move to mobile has been driven by our head teacher as she saw the value in a flexible way of working for all our pupils and teachers," says Mohammed Telbany, IT manager at Sudbury Primary School. "We decided against having a dedicated IT suite, instead bringing in a range of mobile devices to enable the pupils to access IT from anywhere in the school grounds."

Sudbury introduced 180 mobile devices that are shared amongst the pupils, including 110 Windows 8 tablets and laptops for teachers. With 440 wireless devices in total, there was a real need for a steady, strong Wi-Fi network to support these concurrent mobile devices. Sudbury's existing Xirrus network was upgraded to add more capacity to meet the growing demand from all these new devices.

"Since our upgrade, we have high performing wireless coverage throughout the school grounds and can view high definition videos simultaneously on all 180 mobile devices without any lag or dropouts whatsoever," says Mohammed. "Staff and pupils can also access and upload documents to the network and access a range of teaching resources from their device that would previously have to be accessed from the IT suite. We can now deliver IT the way it should be, which mirrors the seamless way in which content is consumed at home."

As part of the ICT curriculum Sudbury has online tests that run throughout the course of the year from partners including 2simple, Testwise and Education City, as well as a Fronter Virtual Learning Environment; an online community for learning and teaching. "We also run staff training twice a week on the devices, so Wi-Fi has become critical to the whole learning process for all our staff and pupils," says Mohammed.

Xirrus Platinum Partner Software Dialog worked closely with Sudbury to deploy the Wi-Fi network, which included a thorough site survey and configuration to ensure the network would deliver the desired performance for the school. Sudbury deployed a fully managed Wi-Fi network and is using the cloud-based Xirrus Management System (XMS) to manage all aspects of the network and control which devices are connected.

"Before opting for Xirrus, I visited a number of other schools to see what they were doing with wireless and I must say I wasn't impressed," says Mohammed. "Most of them had too many Access Points and cables draped across the classrooms, which didn't look good or deliver the best results. The fact that Xirrus has multi-radio Arrays means that we would have required 73 per cent more APs (57 versus 33) if we'd used another vendor, plus the Xirrus APs fit seamlessly into the classroom environment. We'd also been using Xirrus for a number of years and knew that they could deliver on their promise of high performance wireless on simultaneous devices," adds Mohammed.

Sudbury is now seeing demand from guests, parents and pupils to bring their own devices into the school, so next on the horizon is to implement a separate wireless network to facilitate a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy without compromising the existing network. The Xirrus Array modularity and upgradeability means that Sudbury can easily update its network to accommodate this.

Sean Larner, VP International at Xirrus, said, "Sudbury Primary School is a shining example of a school that is leading the way in its approach to flexible learning for its students. By moving completely wireless, it's clear that ICT is now being delivered in a way that benefits the pupils and teachers and has become a critical part of the school curriculum. The fact other schools in the area are being invited in to see how wireless has revolutionised the learning environment speaks volumes for the success Sudbury is seeing."

About Xirrus, Inc.
Xirrus is the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks. Xirrus solutions perform under the most demanding circumstances, offering consistent "wired-like" performance with superior coverage and security. The Xirrus suite of WI-FI optimised solutions -- Arrays, access points, cloud services, and wired switches -- provide seamless connectivity and unified management across the network. Xirrus provides a vital strategic business and IT infrastructure advantage to industries that depend on wireless to operate business-critical applications. With tens of thousands of customer solutions deployed globally, Xirrus maintains operations and partnerships across the globe. Xirrus is a privately held company and is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA. For more information please visit: www.xirrus.com and follow us on Twitter: @Xirrus.

Xirrus and XMS are trademarks or registered trademarks of Xirrus. Other trade names used in this document are or may be the property of their respective owners.

About Sudbury Primary School
Sudbury Primary School is a four-form entry primary that caters for children of all abilities between the ages of 3 - 11 years. The school is located in Wembley, Middlesex.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
Smart cities have the potential to change our lives at so many levels for citizens: less pollution, reduced parking obstacles, better health, education and more energy savings. Real-time data streaming and the Internet of Things (IoT) possess the power to turn this vision into a reality. However, most organizations today are building their data infrastructure to focus solely on addressing immediate business needs vs. a platform capable of quickly adapting emerging technologies to address future ...
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, discussed the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, application p...
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settle...
Is advanced scheduling in Kubernetes achievable?Yes, however, how do you properly accommodate every real-life scenario that a Kubernetes user might encounter? How do you leverage advanced scheduling techniques to shape and describe each scenario in easy-to-use rules and configurations? In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Oleg Chunikhin, CTO at Kublr, answered these questions and demonstrated techniques for implementing advanced scheduling. For example, using spot instances and co...
Blockchain. A day doesn’t seem to go by without seeing articles and discussions about the technology. According to PwC executive Seamus Cushley, approximately $1.4B has been invested in blockchain just last year. In Gartner’s recent hype cycle for emerging technologies, blockchain is approaching the peak. It is considered by Gartner as one of the ‘Key platform-enabling technologies to track.’ While there is a lot of ‘hype vs reality’ discussions going on, there is no arguing that blockchain is b...
DevOps is under attack because developers don’t want to mess with infrastructure. They will happily own their code into production, but want to use platforms instead of raw automation. That’s changing the landscape that we understand as DevOps with both architecture concepts (CloudNative) and process redefinition (SRE). Rob Hirschfeld’s recent work in Kubernetes operations has led to the conclusion that containers and related platforms have changed the way we should be thinking about DevOps and...
The need for greater agility and scalability necessitated the digital transformation in the form of following equation: monolithic to microservices to serverless architecture (FaaS). To keep up with the cut-throat competition, the organisations need to update their technology stack to make software development their differentiating factor. Thus microservices architecture emerged as a potential method to provide development teams with greater flexibility and other advantages, such as the abili...
Product connectivity goes hand and hand these days with increased use of personal data. New IoT devices are becoming more personalized than ever before. In his session at 22nd Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, Nicolas Fierro, CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions, will discuss how in order to protect your data and privacy, IoT applications need to embrace Blockchain technology for a new level of product security never before seen - or needed.
Leading companies, from the Global Fortune 500 to the smallest companies, are adopting hybrid cloud as the path to business advantage. Hybrid cloud depends on cloud services and on-premises infrastructure working in unison. Successful implementations require new levels of data mobility, enabled by an automated and seamless flow across on-premises and cloud resources. In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Tevis, an IBM Storage Software Technical Strategist and Customer Solution Architec...
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and ...
"As we've gone out into the public cloud we've seen that over time we may have lost a few things - we've lost control, we've given up cost to a certain extent, and then security, flexibility," explained Steve Conner, VP of Sales at Cloudistics,in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Blockchain is a shared, secure record of exchange that establishes trust, accountability and transparency across business networks. Supported by the Linux Foundation's open source, open-standards based Hyperledger Project, Blockchain has the potential to improve regulatory compliance, reduce cost as well as advance trade. Are you curious about how Blockchain is built for business? In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, discussed the b...
The use of containers by developers -- and now increasingly IT operators -- has grown from infatuation to deep and abiding love. But as with any long-term affair, the honeymoon soon leads to needing to live well together ... and maybe even getting some relationship help along the way. And so it goes with container orchestration and automation solutions, which are rapidly emerging as the means to maintain the bliss between rapid container adoption and broad container use among multiple cloud host...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Michael Burley, a Senior Business Development Executive in IT Services at NetApp, described how NetApp designed a three-year program of work to migrate 25PB of a major telco's enterprise data to a new STaaS platform, and then secured a long-term contract to manage and operate the platform. This significant program blended the best of NetApp’s solutions and services capabilities to enable this telco’s successful adoption of private cloud storage and launching ...