At Parklands College, students are using social media, data sharing, and video streaming, for both learning and recreation, creating huge demand on the network. The college’s new Juniper solution for wireless access and switching gives students access to a fast network with greater device support and improved reliability.
Michael Swart, Enterprise Architect, Parklands College
Parklands College was established to provide excellence in education for students from South Africa. Today, its goal is to provide state-of-the-art Information and Communications Technology (ICT) resources that differentiate it from other schools and colleges, even at an international level.
The new network needed to support access for the increased numbers of students and devices, as well as provide a reliable and secure platform to run additional IP-based services such as VoIP telephony, CCTV, and biometric systems to track student attendance and control physical access.
Although local systems integrator, CCI, could offer equipment from Parklands’ incumbent provider, it instead recommended an end-to-end Juniper solution that gave the college equivalent connectivity but with greater control and manageability, all at a lower cost.
As a result Parklands is a leader in the integration of technology into teaching and learning. It hosts regular visits from other schools that are looking to increase the effectiveness of their learning programs by implementing best-practice ICT systems.