The District was convinced that the solution, including the managed switches that would centralize switch maintenance and simplify management, would meet their needs.

  • Country: United States Of America
  • Industry: Education - Erate, Education
  • Solution: Mobile Campus

The Paulding County School District is the 13th largest school district in the State of Georgia.

The K-12 District has 19 elementary schools, 9 middle schools and 5 high schools. Current enrollment is 28,500, and there are 3400 employees.

There are between 8000-10,000 wireless connections on the District’s network at any given time.

Furthermore, The District already had a relationship with, and trusted, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise and Pinnacle NetworX LLC.

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We’re progressively putting the solution in place at each of our schools and we’ve been getting a lot of great feedback. The infrastructure is simple to implement and its benefits are immediate.

Julie Ackerman, Executive Director Technology Paulding County School District

Challenges

  • Paulding County School District was facing bandwidth shortage issues in the classroom.
  •  Also, wireless capabilities were limited and no longer met the strong demand from students and faculty.
  • The District needed an easy-to-manage solution to support in-class devices, such as printers, phones and teacher workstations, and offer reliable wireless connectivity for students and faculty.
  • Lastly, networking technology varied from school to school.
  • The District wanted a standard solution to deliver consistent wired and wireless connectivity across all schools.
     

Products & Solutions

Products:

  • OmniSwitch 6450-10 Stackable Gigabit Ethernet LAN Switch
  •  OmniSwitch 6450 Stackable LAN Switch
  • OmniSwitch 10K Modular LAN Chassis
  •  OmniVista 2500 Network Management System
  •  OmniAccess AP225

Solution:

  • Mobile Campus

 

Benefits

 Technical:

  • Dedicated Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6450-10 switches in each classroom offer reliable bandwidth silently and support e-learning facilities, while Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6450 switches in the hallway deliver quality wireless for BYOD devices. 
  • The Alcatel-Lucent OmniVista® 2500 allows for simplified and unified management of the wired and wireless networks.

Financial:

  • Implementing managed switches in classrooms has reduced maintenance, local travel needs and costs.
  • Upgrading the wireless network qualified the District for federal (e-Rate) and matching state funds.

User:

  • Students can securely connect their devices to the network, promoting anytime-anywhere digital learning.
  • Educators have greater bandwidth to fuel their teaching and e-learning tools and devices.
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