Networking integrator, CDM, is rolling out a new custom-built 3Com wireless solution to select schools across Queensland. The deployment is one of several networking projects being managed by the company under its three-year contract with the state's Department of Education and the Arts.
The wireless rollout encompasses 80 schools in both metro and regional areas. It commenced late last year and is expected to be completed in May.
CDM general manager, John Elphinston, said it was the first time wireless technology had been recognised as a core requirement to providing Queensland schools with network access.
3Com, which has a long history in the education market, had specifically developed a dual radio unit providing bridging and access point capability simultaneously for the deal. Implementation, auditing and support services are being provided by CDM.
The integrator had employed a wireless specialist to fulfill the contract, Elphinston said.
The department had earmarked additional wireless rollouts to more schools in the future.
"This doesn't fit every request, but where wireless is needed, the 3Com product will be the tool used," he said.
The wireless contract is part of a broader network management contract awarded to CDM by the department last year.
Elphinston said it was responsible for implementing and managing networking infrastructure deployments to about 1300 schools in Queensland.
Although CDM had been partner to the department for the past five years, it had undergone an exhaustive tender process against several integrators last year to secure the contract, he said.
It is CDM's biggest client in Queensland.
Alongside its work in the sunshine state, Elphinston said CDM's Canberra office had recently won a contract to lead a network redesign for the national export body, Austrade. It was also providing Cisco and Symbol equipment and support services for the Department of Defence, along with a LAN implementation for the Australian Navy, via its Melbourne office.