Xirrus wireless arrays provide BYOD solution for Wolverhampton Girls’ High School

Xirrus deploys high-performance wireless network for teacher and student collaboration at UK school; Xirrus also signs deal with DB Systems to provide Wi-Fi at large indoor and outdoor events

Xirrus wireless arrays provide BYOD solution for Wolverhampton Girls’ High School

Xirrus Wi-Fi arrays are being deployed at Wolverhampton Girls’ High School (WHGS) in Newbridge, UK enabling staff and pupils to use their own mobile devices on campus.

Educational establishment across the UK have found it increasingly important to maintain a reliable wireless solution that students and teachers can easily access. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend also continues to evolve with students preferring to use their own laptops, tablets and smartphones, making it harder for schools to solely rely on desktop classes and wired systems.

The 100 year old secondary education Grammar school has over 700 students and its excellent academic reputation makes it one of the most desirable schools in the country. The school wanted to preserve its historical legacy whilst moving into the future, so decided on a Xirrus wireless system that required much less cabling than a wired alternative. 

Connecting the school wirelessly enables concurrent students to access the network, providing the online resources required for a variety of courses in the curriculum, allowing for a richer lesson plan. 

‘Wolverhampton Girls’ High School is set in a very beautiful and old building,’ explained Sharon Holness, Assistant Headteacher. ‘It was important to us to get a wireless solution in place that would be sympathetic to the surroundings. The Xirrus engineers conducted in-depth surveys around the school and were thorough and professional. The Xirrus engineers have been true to their word. Overall, we’ve been very pleased with the product and the service that we’ve had from Xirrus.’

DB Systems selects Xirrus Wi-Fi equipment for major events

Xirrus has also announced a partnership with DB Systems, the managed services provider and audio sisual (AV) services company. The partnership enables DB Systems’ Event Networks division to deploy Xirrus’ expanding range of high capacity wireless arrays when providing IT infrastructure services at large scale indoor and outdoor events around the world.

According to Oliver Richardson, DB Systems’ sales and marketing director, Xirrus’ unmatched technological capability and event experience made it a natural fit for the Event Networks division. ‘This announcement formalises our successful partnership, which has seen DB deploying Xirrus wireless networks at high profile events around the globe over the past few years. All these premier events are marked by an increasing demand for high performance wireless, as thousands of attendees, using a wide range of devices, go online at once. Xirrus is the clear leader in this area, as our experience working with them shows.’

One of the most recent events was Sibos 2012 in Japan, which is the world’s premier financial services industry event with around 7,000 regular attendees. DB Systems designed and installed the show’s complex site-wide Wi-Fi infrastructure using 47 Xirrus arrays. Other events at which DB Systems has provided Xirrus wireless networks include the Farnborough International Airshow, the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S3 in London, a Sony Ericsson launch event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and the International Golf Travel Market in Portugal.

Written by Wireless magazine
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