Data#3 has deployed a new wireless network solution for The Southport School, based on technology from Aruba and Palo Alto Networks.
The network can support more than 3000 devices for 1600 students at the Gold Coast boarding school and provides improved internet access across the 40-hectare campus.
“The Southport School is a fantastic example of technology empowering schools to educate in ways previously unimaginable,” Data#3 national practice manager for education David Wain said.
“We look forward to continuing to work with The Southport School, and to extending education beyond the four walls of the classroom.”
The network also allows IT staff to switch off wi-fi access in chosen locations at select times, monitor students’ online activities, and restrict certain websites. Where necessary, teachers can be alerted if students access dangerous content or engage in inappropriate behavior.
“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,” said The Southport School director of ICT Richard Humphreys.
The school said the new network can help put its students “ahead of the pack” in robotics and technology innovation. The Southport School participates in the global Cyber Patriot Games, where students attempt to clean up corrupted software within six hours.
“The new technology is helping educate the students and prepare them for the future, promoting and empowering the boys to take control of their cyberworld and how good behaviour should be seen online,” said dean of students Karel Bos.