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CALGARY BOARD OF EDUCATION EXTENDS SCHOOL NETWORKS

Calgary, Alberta -- The Calgary Board of Education is gearing up to equip more than 221 primary and secondary schoo...


June 3, 2002  


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Calgary, Alberta — The Calgary Board of Education is gearing up to equip more than 221 primary and secondary schools with wireless learning capabilities using Avaya’s Wireless local area network (LAN) portfolio.

With the new set-up, students will be able to move desks around in the classroom during project work, while access points throughout the school enable them to move from room to room with their laptops without losing network connections. Access to the Internet and a school’s data network in the Board’s schools today is currently confined to desktop computers in computer labs or a few computers in a classroom.

Students will also be given Avaya Wireless PC Cards to insert into their laptops or desktops, connecting them immediately to an 802.11 wireless data network, which provides Internet and data access at secure transmission speeds of 11 Mbps.

“We envision a learning environment where students are empowered to research, explore and communicate with technology from every corner of their school,” said Mike Bester, ICT curriculum specialist, Calgary Board of Education.

Avaya’s business partner, Microserve, began the roll out of the Avaya Wireless LAN installations in May at the Tom Baines School. The school has purchased five access points to support more than 750 students with a connected mobile environment.

Calgary is Canada’s second largest school board and more than 90,000 students will benefit from the new technology.


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