Academy invests in multi-million pound tech upgrade

School technology

A community academy, serving 1,400 students, has just installed a new wireless local area network (WLAN).

Shelfield Community Academy in Walsall has deployed an Extricom WLAN by working with G4 Networks. The implementation is part of its "technology for learning" strategy, which aims to offer students good online access of rich media in a very high demand environment.

It will also support extra services such as IPTV for both staff and students to aid learning.

Russ Nicholson, assistant principal at the academy, said in a statement: "Migrating to a wireless network is a significant investment for the academy. Over the next few years, it will support the majority of operational and learning applications."

He added: "So the WLAN we deployed had to demonstrate performance and high capacity such that the user experience matched that of a wired network."

The project is a multi-million pound upgrade which will also include voice over WLAN for the entire campus.

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