The Ledyard Public School System, a rural district with six schools in Connecticut, recently turned to Versatile to develop a solution to improve its wireless and LAN capabilities. Versatile worked together with Aruba Networks, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, to bring Ledyard's wireless capabilities up-to-date and help the school system stay ahead of the technology curve for its 2,400+ students.
Prior to Versatile and Aruba's involvement, the school system was challenged by bandwith and security issues. The new solution eliminates "bandwidth panic" and allows all students to use the network at the same time. "In just six weeks, we had an upgraded LAN and Wi-Fi that’s fully secure and easy to manage," said John Mercier, Director of Instructional Technology, Ledyard Public Schools.
Versatile architects and engineers handled all areas of project management, installation, and configuration. The team:
- Replaced the cabling infrastructure in all 6 schools (including over 1,000 new Cat 6 cable runs) and managing relationships with 4 separate cable vendors
- Upgraded internet access to 1 gigabyte and the building-to-building fiber backbone to 10 gigabyte, which enabled greater speed and centralized management of the environment
- Upgraded and enhanced the LAN with 10-15 new chassis switches and firewalls to manage the increased bandwidth
- Maintained minimal downtime and disruption to users for a transparent implementation
- Configured the Aruba and Airwave management solutions for centralized control of the environment
- Managed the project from start to finish including timeline and schedules
- Developed a true end-to-end network solution
- Transferred knowledge of the environment and handed over infrastructure management to Ledyard