117-year-old school invests in €200k ICT network

23 Mar 2011

A 117-year-old school in Dublin’s Booterstown area has invested €200,000 in deploying a state-of-the-art ICT infrastructure.

Having decided to upgrade its network infrastructure, passive and active, wired and wireless, St Andrew’s College commenced a design process with Kedington to determine the optimum solution, balancing functionality, longevity and cost-effectiveness.

As the passive (cable) infrastructure was seen as a 20-year investment, it was decided that a CAT 6A solution, together with a 20-year guarantee from a global manufacturer should be installed. Kedington produced a resilient network design based on this new passive infrastructure for a managed gigabit to desk switching infrastructure and the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi system.

To ensure proper coverage throughout the entire school, Kedington performed a wireless survey and produced a detailed report. The chosen solution was a Systimax X10D Cat 6A passive network, and a centrally managed, resilient gigabit network and 802.11n Wi-Fi network based on Hewlett-Packard solutions.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years