- 5 April 2017 09:21
ARUBA PARTNERS WITH SCHOOLS ACROSS AUSTRALIA TO DELIVER INNOVATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. April, 2017 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), today announced it has partnered with leading Australian schools, Barker College, All Saints Anglican School and Luther College to deliver comprehensive, fast and innovative wireless networks on campus. Following Aruba’s 2016 momentum in the education sector in Australia and New Zealand, today’s announcement cements the company’s continued growth in this sector.
According to Aruba’s General Manager, South Pacific, Antony Smith, the modern learning environment is more connected than ever, supplemented by mobile and wireless devices that allow students to be engaged and stimulated.
“Smart technology is allowing students to interact with each other and their materials on a virtual platform, however the network that underpins it needs to be robust and flexible to adapt to the constantly evolving needs of students and teachers. We are delighted to support the students at Barker College, Luther College and All Saints Anglican School, who are using our technology to achieve more in the classroom,” said Smith.
Barker College is an independent college located in the North Shore of Sydney, offering education for students from Kindergarten to year 12. With a large campus and a diverse educational portfolio, the school is heavily reliant on technology. The school’s pre-existing network was underperforming, disrupting staff and students’ learning experience. With more than 3,000 students and staff, the school required a reliable, scalable and comprehensive wireless solution, which would allow multiple devices to connect at any given time.
Aruba partnered with Accucom to deploy more than 300 access points throughout Barker College during a two-week holiday period to avoid any disruptions. According to Barker College director of ICT and eLearning, James Stewart, the transition process was smooth. “We are very pleased to report that not one call was made to the support desk on the first day back at school,” said Stewart.
Victorian secondary school, Luther College, also implemented Aruba’s wireless system to cater to its growing base of students and staff. The school operates cloud collaboration tools, and needed a wireless learning environment that was in line with the school’s teaching objectives. With each student connecting at least two devices to the Wi-Fi, Director of IT at Luther College, Chris Topp explained, “Not working simply is not an option. Our operation is dependent on everything working and being available 100 per cent of the time.” Luther College found the deployment of Aruba’s AirWave and ClearPass solutions to be seamless, with its implementation making management, authentication, and overall relatively easy to use. “The students, teachers and parents love the new network. It’s 100 per cent reliable, which is what we need because our teaching environment requires rock-solid wireless infrastructure. Wireless is a critical component in the mix of a modern education environment,” Topp added. Aruba’s sophisticated wireless technology was chosen by All Saints Anglican School in Queensland to enhance its teaching and learning environment. The School needed a wireless solution that could span its 40-hectare campus and integrate seamlessly with its state-of-the-art facilities.
Brett Whitford, Operations & Technology Manager at All Saints said, “As one of Aruba’s first Wave 2 customers in Australia and New Zealand, we are proud to be leading the way in digital learning. As the use of technology both inside and outside the classroom increases, a robust and reliable Wi-Fi network is fundamental for the success of our students and our school.
“All Saints Anglican School spans from Pre-Prep to Year 12, so it’s important our technological systems empower a new generation of students who connect, share and learn online more than ever before,” explained Whitford.
“We also recently implemented a one-to-one computing program in the Senior School, something which would not have been possible without a robust and reliable network to support it. Aruba’s network is a key foundation of our digital plan and is helping create a richer learning experience for our students,” said Whitford.
About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organisations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives.
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