Case Study

Digital learning drives academic excellence with a new wired and wireless network

SPS needed to provide secure wireless connectivity to its classrooms and other areas without having to worry about implementing updates or adding gear as new educational technologies emerge.

“With the support of the voters, we have been able to move away from a network that is like driving on a gravel road or two-lane highway to build a network that meets the demands of our 21st century learners.”

Rick Green, director of IT, Springfield Public Schools

Overview

Springfield Public School (SPS) system is the largest fully accredited school district in Missouri, educating more than 24,000 students per year. To maintain a high-quality, personalized learning environment, SPS recently invested $156 million to improve educational facilities through renovation and new school construction.

Business Challenge(s)

Spotty wireless, along with an aging network infrastructure, was preventing SPS from using the latest digital learning methods and providing consistent and secure connectivity for its students and teachers.

Technology Solution

SPS uses EX Series Ethernet Switches in its data center, offices, and school sites. WLC Series Wireless LAN Controllers and WLA Series Wireless LAN Access Points provide the school district’s Wi-Fi. The IT team also uses Junos Space Network Director to visualize, analyze, and control the entire network from data center to campus, including both wired and wireless, from a single pane of glass.

Business Results

Sixty buildings were upgraded over 16 months without any disruption to classes or school operations. The new network will support the district’s network needs for the next five to seven years, even as the district expands its 1:1 computing program with mobile devices for all students, and continues to embrace interactive media and online assessments.

“The performance of the network is superb. We’re very pleased with the scalability, reliability, and forward-looking capabilities of the Juniper products.”

Rick Green, director of IT, Springfield Public Schools.