Data#3 ramps up Wi-Fi tech for The Southport School

Data#3 ramps up Wi-Fi tech for The Southport School

Project employed HPE's Aruba technology and Palo Alto Networks to implement a new wireless network for the school

The Southport School director of ICT, Richard Humphreys

The Southport School director of ICT, Richard Humphreys

Data#3 (ASX:DTL) has wrapped up work with Queensland-based The Southport School to help implement a new wireless network using HPE’s Aruba technology and Palo Alto Networks.

The new network will boost the school's ability to manage more than 3,000 devices for more than 1,600 students across the school’s 100-acre campus, The Southport School director of ICT, Richard Humphreys, said.

The school's legacy network was slow and struggling to cope with the growing student population and increased use of BYOD devices. IT administrators also had limited visibility into network and were restricted in their ability to report and track student internet usage. 

“From greater network coverage and improved security, to enhanced reporting capabilities and better BYOD control, we have a powerful platform upon which to deliver a seamless wireless experience, placing the school at the forefront of technology-driven teaching and learning,” Humphreys said.

Staff now have the capability to switch off Wi-Fi access in specific locations at select times, monitor students online activities and place restrictions on access to certain websites.

Teachers can also be alerted if students access dangerous content or engage in inappropriate behaviour, helping to combat cyber bullying.

After completing a comprehensive evaluation process, Data#3 recommended HPE’s Aruba technology as well as Palo Alto Networks. The new tech is made up of 235 Aruba 315 access points; two Aruba 7,210 controllers; Aruba ClearPass and AirWave; two Palo Alto Networks PA-3020 firewalls; Palo Alto Networks WildFire and Panorama.

Data#3 has been a strategic partner to The Southport School for more than 10 years, providing extensive services across the school’s data centre and desktop environment, as well as software provisioning and support.

The Southport School is also being credited as the first Australian school to participate in the global Cyber Patriot Games, where the objective is to clean up corrupted software within six hours.

“Teachers have been able to stay at the forefront of advances in teaching practice, be experimental and innovative and flip the classroom and get speakers in from across the world. It really is only limited by the imagination of the teachers and students,” The Southport School deputy headmaster, head of teaching and learning, Jo Inglis, said.  

Data#3 national practice manager for education, David Wain, added the project was an example of how technology was empowering schools to educate students beyond the four walls of the classroom.

The publicly-listed integrator recently completed an Aruba networking rollout for another Brisbane-based school, John Paul College, in a project aimed at serving the connectivity needs of more than 2000 users.

The publicly-listed integrator was engaged to consult, design, and deploy the solution for the school’s current and future requirements.

In March, Data#3 was also named as the sole provider of Microsoft licensing solutions on the Australian Government’s new whole-of-government software procurement arrangement.

The new win, which comes as a result of a competitive tender process, sees Data#3 once again retain its coveted position as the sole whole-of-government Microsoft licensing provider under the new panel.

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