Unified comms dealers have long been aware of the opportunities in the education field, and a recent project by HPE Aruba underlines the scale and potential of the market.
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide, delivering IT solutions that empower organizations 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.
Jon Moger, Senior Director EMEA Marketing at Aruba, says ‘Digital learning solutions are a smart way for students to work, and Bryanston is a great example of a school that has implemented the digital workplace to better the education experience they offer. We provide these technological solutions to empower a new generation of users who rely on their devices for everyday activities, including education from learning to teaching or management.’
Aruba’s challenge at Bryanston School in Dorset, a co-educational independent school with 300 staff and 670 boarding and day pupils, was to transform the independent school’s 400-acre, 30-building site into a smart, secure and connected digital learning hub, using a vast array of onsite tech to allow students to do everything from checking into different parts of the campus to having an interactive app for marking school work.
The Bryanston campus was fitted with over 400 Aruba 802.11ac wireless access points, managed by two Mobility Controllers, enabling several new technological innovations including Aruba Beacons, which allows the “pinning” of resources to a physical location, so pupils can activate the resources when they move close to the Beacon via their mobile devices; eLockers, a shared learning portal for pupils and staff, which allows access to relevant resources depending on location; and Aruba AirWave Network Management, used to ensure visibility, clear diagnostics and planning capabilities for the school wired and wireless network. Devices can be tracked at any location within the school and faults quickly rectified. Future building plans are also modelled within AirWave to allow capacity checks and simulations even before a building is commissioned.
Andy Barnes, director of technology, Bryanston School, said: ‘It’s important that technology is a help and not a hindrance to how our students learn, interact and socialise. The depth of network resources Aruba has introduced us has transformed the learning experiences we are able to provide. Learning materials and additional support is more accessible, and digital learning provides infinite opportunities for us to create a community of sharing, support and creativity.’
You can see a video demonstrating Bryanston’s Aruba system here.