Motorola Delivers Innovative Wireless Technologies to Schools around the World
802.11n, Mesh, All-Wireless Enterprise and Mobile Messaging Solutions Significantly Reduce Networking Costs and Keep Staff Informed While on the Go
SAN JOSE, Calif. and SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The Enterprise Mobility business of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced that several schools and universities around the world have deployed Motorola’s innovative wireless technologies to provide connectivity on campus or on the road, enhancing learning experiences for students and helping staff stay productive and secure.
As a global communications leader, Motorola works on advancing the way the world connects. The company’s wireless LAN (WLAN) portfolio is optimized for the education market offering different levels of access security for students, faculty, staff and guests on the same network; self-healing technology that can automatically fix RF coverage problems anywhere on campus; and a comprehensive management suite to help design, deploy, manage and secure a large indoor/outdoor campus-wide network.
By moving to an all-wireless network infrastructure, the Goliad Independent School District in Goliad, Texas and Manipal University in Manipal, India are providing un-tethered Internet access to students and faculty as well as enabling high-speed wireless bridging between multiple campus buildings in a single site or direct connectivity amongst multiple schools in the same school district. The benefits of deploying 802.11n, mesh or an all-wireless enterprise solution for educational environments, ranging from pre-kindergarten through college, are increasing rapidly and creating a global trend for Wi-Fi-enabled schools.
“The all-wireless enterprise solution leverages the full benefits of wireless LAN, enabling full mobility and access to information any time, virtually any place on the school campus,” said Sujai Hajela, vice president and general manager of Enterprise WLAN, Motorola Enterprise Mobility business. “At one-fifth to one-tenth the cost of a wired network, the all-wireless network can instantly save educational institutions millions of dollars per year in leased line costs.”
The students of Goliad Independent School District in Goliad, Texas, are now able to access the Internet from the classroom to the parking lot. Victoria Communication Services, a Motorola value-added reseller and a member of Motorola’s five-star PartnerSelect partner program, customized the WLAN deployment to provide full coverage in all of the district’s schools.
“Goliad school district’s IT staff has been very progressive providing laptops to students to help them with their studies and by providing widespread Wi-Fi access,” said Jennifer Hartman, owner of Victoria Communication Services. “Motorola’s end-to-end WLAN solutions deliver the reliable, scalable, high performance connectivity that provides peace of mind to any IT director of a budget-strapped school district.”
Across the globe, Manipal University in Manipal, India, has deployed Motorola’s WLAN technology for indoor access and mesh for outdoors to connect more than 20 of its colleges. D-VoiS, a leading Indian Internet service provider, recommended the end-to-end, fully managed wireless network from Motorola, which also integrated Motorola’s complementary point-to-point and point-to-multipoint wireless bridging technologies.
“Reliability, performance and improved manageability that comes with deploying a single-vendor system was a factor in assessing the indoor and outdoor needs of the network,” said Ramesh Sathya of D-VoiS. “Motorola has the most comprehensive and proven wireless portfolio in the market, which made it the clear choice for the Manipal deployment.”
In addition to providing schools and universities with comprehensive wireless networking solutions, Motorola also offers proven mobile communications tools like Good Mobile Messaging to enable teachers and staff to stay connected with their key stakeholders when off campus.
The Houston County Board of Education in Georgia selected Good Mobile Messaging to provide email, calendaring, and contacts to its employees. When comparing different mobile messaging solutions, security and management were important factors. Since employees take their smartphones wherever they travel, devices can be lost or misplaced, putting confidential data at risk.
“In our search for the best mobile messaging solution, we considered our requirements for security, manageability, and the needs of our end users,” said Doug McDowell, webmaster and Good administrator, Houston County Board of Education. “Good was the only solution that didn’t require any trade-offs. Our IT managers are confident in the level of security and our users can stay productive wherever their jobs take them. We’ve had Good running for more than a year and are confident we made the right choice for our organization.”
Good provides end-to-end security for data in transit as well as data stored on employee devices. Good’s server is deployed behind the enterprise firewall so security is not compromised with having to open new ports. IT can even remotely lock down hardware components, including cameras, Bluetooth®, and IR ports as well as smartphone applications like browser and games. New temporary passwords can be pushed to the handheld and lost or stolen devices can be remotely erased.
“Motorola’s Good Technology Group is making great strides in the education market,” said Neil Hooper, vice president of global sales of Motorola Good Technology Group. “Good understands that every minute counts for staff members, and real time accuracy drives excellence. The ability to stay on top of emails, contacts and meetings is critical to success, since employees have so many stakeholders.”
Other school districts that have recently selected Good Mobile Messaging from Motorola include Catawba County Schools, Liberty Public School District, Cleveland Metropolitan School District and San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. Recently announced wireless-enabled schools featuring Motorola WLAN technology include Carnegie Mellon University, San Marino Unified School District and Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications.
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