CASE STUDY: Wirelessly Enhancing Student Performance in Texas
wireless LAN (WLAN) infrastructure and a collectionof Motorola AirDefense solutions including wire-less security and advanced troubleshooting. Thedistrict found that the Motorola solution performedbest in delivering streaming video and fast contentdownloads simultaneously to high densities of users,which is critical in classroom environments.The Motorola WLAN solution enables Keller todeliver crisp, clear video and multimedia contentover a cost-effective WiFi network. The networkleverages Motorola’s RFS 7000 wireless controllersand its two- and three-radio adaptive AP 7131access points (APs) that eliminate the expenseand complexity of deploying separate sensor radiosdedicated to security and troubleshooting. TheMotorola WLAN has proven to be the ideal networksolution from the very earliest planning stagesthrough providing the scalability that allows forseamless network growth.
Planning and Installation
The district’s IT professionals and its systemsintegrator used Motorola’s comprehensiveLANPlanner software for network design, allowingthe team to identify the correct number of APs thatwere needed, and the optimum locations for theirinstallation. That’s especially important in a largedistrict with 36 locations. “LANPlanner really helpedus be able to determine where the devices neededto be placed,” says Hamblen. “It gave us a good lookat exactly where equipment needed to go based onthe structure of each facility.” That upfront planningmade installation faster, easier, a lot less costly withoptimal wireless coverage.
As the new network is being rolled out, the districtis at last getting the robust bandwidth to delivervideo and other multimedia content with extremelyhigh performance and without frustrating reliabilityissues. The district no longer has to place computersin xed locations. “Previously, students could justuse computers only at certain times, usually at theback of a classroom,” says Grifn. “Now, they arecarrying devices with them all throughout thebuilding… and have access to the technologythroughout their whole school day. Students canuse their tablet computers, their smart phones andPDA devices and various types of teaching andlearning tools wirelessly… in their classroom,from outside, from anywhere on the campus.And they have the ability to collaborate with peersand teachers.”
Security and Network Assurance
Keller ISD also turned to Motorola for enhancednetwork management and security. “Security on awireless network is always a concern,” saysGrifn. The district installed components of theMotorola AirDefense Security and Compliance andNetwork Assurance Solution for 24/7 wirelesssecurity, including proactive monitoring, advancedmultimedia content to students and teachers, whilesupporting our efforts to expand these capabilitiesto all classrooms.” states Grifn. The district neededreliable, 24/7 high-speed mobile access with thecapability of delivering video and streaming multi-media content seamlessly. It also needed to provideaccess to the curriculum not only from schoolcomputers, but also from the proliferation ofpersonal devices — computers, netbooks, iPods,smartphones, PDAs and more — used by today’sstudents and teachers. “We were looking for asolution that would be device-agnostic,” continuesGrifn, “so no matter what kinds of wireless deviceswere being used, the wireless infrastructure wouldbe in place to support them.”
Motorola 802.11n WLAN Solution
As Keller ISD moves to a digital curriculum it iscrucial, Veitenheimer says, “to have a reliable andeasy-to-use wireless infrastructure in place tosupport our 1:1 instructional objectives and enablevisual teaching district-wide.” After researching anumber of wireless solutions, Keller ISD and itssystems integrator chose Motorola’s 802.11n
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