It’s no secret that K-12 public schools in California are seeing declining state funding. One estimate shows that the state now spends $500 -- $1,000 less per student than it did in 2007 – 2008. The budget shortfalls are making the schools more judicious when they implement new IT technologies for students. Merced County Office of Education (MCOE) in California is one such organization that was recently involved in rolling out a wired/wireless solution.
MCOE works with more than 20 school districts serving more than 60,000 students. The schools needed more bandwidth to support the growing use of mandatory online testing of students. The teachers were also increasing their use of online resources including videos, presentations, and websites.
“The need for technology upgrades is there, but the financial flexibility is often not, because the basic infrastructure is lacking,” says Dr. Steven E. Gomes, superintendent of MCOE. “Many of the smaller rural schools were not wired for Internet connectivity, so we needed a solution that could reliably bring wired and wireless access to schools throughout the county without major investments in physical infrastructure.”
Plug PoE devices into your network for easy, anywhere electrical power
Have you ever needed to plug in a new phone, but you were all out of electrical outlets? Or maybe you’ve tried to install a wireless access point close to the ceiling, but no outlets were nearby. When you first start building your small business network, powering up hardware is the least of your worries. But after you’ve laid some cables and maxed out even your power strips, you may find outlets a precious commodity. Power over Ethernet (PoE) is the easy way to get around wiring when you need electricity for new devices. PoE provides a way to deliver power over your network to a variety of network-attached devices.
PoE allows electrical power to pass over standard Ethernet cables along with data traffic. Hardware equipped with PoE can be plugged directly into the network for a power source—no wall socket necessary. There’s a wide range of these network-attached devices that provide PoE support, including switches, wireless access points (WAPs), IP phones, video cameras, point-of-sale devices, and more.
Cisco Universal Power Over Ethernet (UPOE) can power a wide range of devices resiliently over the network with 60-watts of power per port. We showed a few of these devices getting powered through UPOE at Interop. Customers looking to deploy virtual desktops were impressed with the fact that they don’t have to pull 110/220V circuits for new campuses. Here is a short video of me walking through the demos at the show.
In the year 2000, we introduced 7 Watts inline power on our switching platforms. Since then, we have consistently doubled the power per port every 2 – 4 years. And now we are doing it again. Cisco Universal Power Over Ethernet (UPOE) is doubling the power delivered per port to 60 Watts on our modular access switching platform – the Cisco Catalyst 4500E. So what does that mean?
It means network power resiliency to a wide range of devices and seamless integration with Cisco EnergyWise, to help lower energy bills.
Cisco UPOE opens up a whole new range of devices to network power that was previously not possible with PoE+: virtual desktop monitors, IP Turrets for financial trading, Personal TelePresence systems, compact switches, building management gateway devices, and more. Plus, it lowers capital expenditures by consolidating backup power infrastructure into the wiring closet. And with Cisco UPOE, you can forget the need for wall circuits for end devices that are connected to an access switch. Beyond capital expenditures, Cisco UPOE lowers on-going costs by eliminating battery replacement cycles for devices such as building badge readers.