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A Less Stressful College Experience – All Thanks to Cisco

Norway’s Bergen University College’s problem was that it was spread too thin. Before the school’s recent move to a new campus, the college was dispersed over five buildings. Bergen University College is now down to two buildings. Included with the move was a request for a better Wi-Fi network and the ability to allow students and faculty to accurately know where they are at all times.

Bergen University College worked with Cisco on a solution to expand its wireless network using:
• Cisco Aironet 3702e and 3702i access points
• Cisco 5760 Wireless LAN controllers
• Cisco 3850 and 4500-X Series switches
• Cisco Catlyst 6500 Series switches

These Cisco products allowed the college to achieve its primary goal of creating an 802.11ac wireless network that was large enough to support the school’s bring your own device (BYOD) policy. This new network needed to have the right type of security access (role-based and context-aware) in order for this BYOD policy to work properly.

In addition to a better wireless network experience, Bergen University College was also interested in using their new wireless network to administer a wayfinding service. Through a collaboration with Cisco partner MazeMap, the college was able to create a service where students and faculty could find themselves anywhere on campus. From there, they were able to figure out the best routes to their destinations. This wayfinding app has lead to the elimination of hallway gridlock, making the student population much happier.

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Hutchinson USD Adopts Converged Access to Drive Network Performance

The Hutchinson Public Schools, located in Hutchinson, Kansas include 11 Elementary, Middle and High schools. The Hutchinson Public Schools adopted Converged Access for their wired and wireless solution, increasing the performance of their network for their staff, teachers and students.

Each of Hutchinson’s Public schools utilize the network and technology as part of the learning experience.  When it came time to upgrade their infrastructure, the Hutchinson School District chose Converged Access comprising Catalyst 3850 and 3650, Cisco 5760 Wireless LAN Controller and Cisco Wireless 3700 Access Points.  Catalyst 3850 switches are deployed in the High Schools, and Catalyst 3650 switches are deployed in the Middle and Elementary Schools. Read More »

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Converged Access Simplifies Wired-Wireless Management at Camden Schools

The Camden City School District in New Jersey is made up of 26 Schools with camden blogapproximately 29 buildings that cater to 12,000 students and 2500 employees. The School District decided to go with Converged Access to enable a single pane of glass for the wired and wireless network, and drive better network performance with 802.11ac.

The Converged Access deployment at the School District is based on Catalyst 3850 and drives 30 Access Points in each Elementary School and 60 Access Points in each High School. Each building has three Catalyst 3850 switches per IDF,  with one switch acting as a Mobility Controller, and others acting as Mobility Agents. They currently deploy Read More »

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Converged Access Enables Next Gen Classrooms at PCTI

pcti_iconPassaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) is a leading career and technical high school located in Wayne, New Jersey. Listed among the best high schools three years in a row according to US News & World Reports, PCTI is the largest school of its kind in the state and represents a progressive learning community both in terms of teaching and adopting technology.

Converged Access is a WLAN deployment mode that helps deliver common intelligent services across wired and wireless networks for security and policy, application visibility, network resiliency, smart operations and more. Catalyst 3850, Catalyst 3650, Catalyst 4500E switches, and Cisco 5760 WLAN Controllers (WLC) are capable of supporting Converged Access mode.

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Take the Unified Access Partner Challenge for a Chance to Win an iPad

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A few weeks ago we launched new Cisco Unified Access solutions at Cisco Live. These included the new Catalyst 3850 switch and the new Cisco 5760 Wireless LAN Controller, both built on the new Unified Access Data Plane ASIC.  These will be key for Cisco partners and their customers as they implement BYOD policies and add more wireless access in branch offices, stores, and other remote locations. It’s a great opportunity for you to help your customers deploy these technologies with a converged approach.

To capitalize on this opportunity, of course, you’ll need to learn something about Cisco Unified Access and I’ve got some ideas for you on that.  Read More »

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