LAN/WLAN Implementation Across 600 Public Schools
SDI provided over 600 schools within a large city public school system with networking services to provide Internet access under the Federal E-Rate Program. Over 18,000 devices were installed, tested, and certified over a four year period. SDI’s team of LAN and WLAN experts were required to comprehensively design, install and test each school as requested by the city school system. SDI was called upon to create the wireless security standards to govern the wireless communication within the schools.
The Board of Education (“The Board”) was seeking a Contractor to provide Local Area Network Services in conjunction with the Federal E-Rate Program.
As a result of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which stated that the nation’s schools and libraries shall have access to advanced telecommunications services at discounted rates for educational purposes, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) made provisions for a $2.25 billion annual discount program that became known as E-Rate.
SDI coordinated the inventory and network connectivity projects across over 650 schools in a major City’s district system. The school district utilized SDI as the Lead Technical Consultant for technical questions regarding this program; technical training for support staff; provided technical guidance on any components that fell outside the normal range of the project; and supported other technical vendors with their issues. In addition, SDI provided the following additional services:
• Overall technical advisement during the Local Area Network Design process
• Set security standards for wireless communications; and completed functionality testing and certification.
• Provided LAN/WLAN equipment installation and testing; and troubleshooting and problem resolution
• Configuration, testing, and integration of over 8,000 pieces of networking equipment (switches, access points)
￼￼￼• Performed Quality Assurance inspections on contractors’ work; and compiled and audited project technical
• Documentation for the Federal E-Rate Program.
SDI provided over 600 schools with Internet Access; 8,000 pieces of equipment were installed, tested, and certified over a four year period. SDI was called upon to create the wireless security standards to govern the wireless communication within the schools.