Dumfries and Galloway Council
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) ready wireless network rolled out across Dumfries and Galloway
Dumfries and Galloway is the third largest region in Scotland, covering 2,380 square miles and has an estimated population of 148,030.
The Council delivers its services through six departments with a staff of just under 8000 people, also included within the Council are the Police and Fire & Rescue Service.
Dumfries and Galloway Council were looking to build a bespoke wireless network to deliver high speed connectivity to 121 schools across the Dumfries and Galloway region.
The aim of the network was to deliver a single, cohesive network to offer Wi-Fi coverage to each of the 105 Primary and 16 Secondary Schools in the region.
Boston Networks designed, commissioned and installed a state of the art Wireless LAN solution across the vast estate and delivered the project within a challenging 6 week program
The detailed network planning phase identified the best locations for over 1200 access points, which would ensure flawless connectivity to all 121 buildings. The meticulous planning also ensured that the network has the capacity to scale to meet future expansion.
The network was rolled out in June, across the entire region, providing a dedicated education network, delivering full mobility across all schools. Boston Networks also completed a full post installation RF coverage survey to ensure there were no unforeseen problematic areas or signal drop off points.
The network is now fully operational and used by both teachers and students alike and is now the primary vehicle to support teaching staff when delivering digital content, real time in the classroom. The teaching faculty use the network widely to share knowledge, pool resources and collaborate, where as students can now benefit from a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach to learning.
Dumfries and Galloway has become an early adopter of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach to teaching as the new network allows students to bring their own devices to school to use in the classroom and to securely access the internet during free time in either a social or academic sense.
BYOD has recently become the ‘next best of breed’ technological advance in Education, with recent evidence suggesting that such an approach to teaching increases student achievement and engagement.