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School’s Cool When ProCurve Networking by HP Joins the Class

  • 07 June, 2004 10:40

<p>Victorian Catholic Boys School adopts wireless computing solution from ProCurve to assist in classrooms, gyms - and beyond</p>
<p>Melbourne, Australia, 7 June, 2004 - ProCurve Networking by HP today announced that it will provide a wireless access network and related management hardware to Whitefriars College. ProCurve was selected based on its ability to provide affordable, flexible technology that can grow with the school's changing needs.</p>
<p>Whitefriars College is a progressive Catholic Boys Secondary College that made a decision in 1999 to provide notebook PCs for all students starting in year seven. Moving forward with the program one year at a time, 2004 marks the first year that all students in the school carry notebooks. It also marks the first year where students will have wireless LAN access via a solution from ProCurve.</p>
<p>"The College's notebook program works in two three year cycles," explained Warren Moseley, computer systems manager at Whitefriars College. "Students are issued with a new notebook in Year 7 and Year 10. This year, those notebooks are wireless enabled. In this way, all students - 1200 users in total including the teaching staff - will have wireless capabilities by 2005."</p>
<p>Through its dealings with Commander, a ProCurve Networking channel distributor, Whitefriars College was shown the HP ProCurve Wireless Access Point 420 - a full-featured IEEE 802.11g, single-radio access point ideally suited for medium to large wireless LAN deployments. Deciding that the device suited its requirements, the College purchased 25 of the units, to add to its existing LAN infrastructure, largely built of wired HP equipment.</p>
<p>The College also reviewed, and subsequently purchased, the HP ProCurve Access Controller 720wl - a device that resides between the wireless access points and the network to enforce user authentication and access rights via robust industry-standard security protocols.</p>
<p>"Whitefriars College is a great example of the kind of progressive education and business user that has recognised the power and quality of ProCurve wireless networking equipment," said Mark Berends, marketing manager, ProCurve Networking by HP, Australia. "By offering such compelling devices, we are able to support the aspirations of any school or business which wants to empower its users through wireless LAN and Internet access."</p>
<p>The first stage of the wireless network will focus mainly around classrooms to improve flexibility and avoid the clutter of access cables lying all over the place. In the future, however, Whitefriars College envisages physical education classes and sports teams having wireless access around the oval and the gym so that the performance and fitness of students can be measured and recorded on a PC.</p>
<p>"The students are really looking forward to all the plans we have for our wireless network," said Moseley. "While our priority is getting the wireless classrooms set-up first, the next few months will see the wireless network spreading across the campus."</p>
<p>About ProCurve Networking by HP</p>
<p>The ProCurve Networking business unit of HP is a supplier of enterprise networking solutions comprising wired and wireless enterprise networking products, services and solutions - including Ethernet switches, routing switches and network-management applications - which allow customers to build networks based on open standards that meet current and future needs for security, performance and reliability.</p>
<p>ProCurve Networking by HP continues to grow rapidly and is the number two vendor in LAN port shipments. More information about ProCurve networking solutions and products is available at http://www.hp.com/go/hpprocurve.</p>
<p>About HP</p>
<p>HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2004, HP revenue totaled $76.8 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at www.hp.com.</p>

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