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Wireless technology installed in schools
January 28th 2013 at 04:07 PM
By Jenn McGarrigle - Nanaimo News Bulletin
Published: January 21, 2013 2:00 PM 

Efforts to install wireless Internet technology in all Nanaimo school district facilities are continuing.

The technology upgrades are almost complete in the district’s secondary schools and the goal is to have wireless technology in all elementary schools by the end of next school year, said Steve Sproston, the district’s information systems manager.

The upgrades, to cost $600,000 over five years, are more than just wireless technology – it also covers network infrastructure upgrades such as replacing switches and wiring that will boost security and allow staff to monitor and maintain the network centrally, detect some faults before they become a bigger problem and even fix some problems remotely – right now if there is a problem, staff have to travel to the school and diagnose problems manually.

“It’s quite big,” said Sproston. “It makes us more efficient. The ultimate goal is to meet the needs of our strategic plan.”

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