Many schools are setting out to introduce new methods for imparting knowledge. Digital media play a key role for the new interactive formats. The new network of the Oberpleis School Center in Königswinter is a future-proof platform for the continued introduction of digital services that open up completely new educational opportunities for schools. In the future, new media such as digital whiteboards and touch panels can be used in lessons or in school organization.
The expandable VoIP telephone system offers its users a wealth of potential additional functions. In addition, the telephone system once again has support from the manufacturer. Problems can be solved even faster by remote access. Travel times for technicians are significantly reduced.
A groundbreaking project for education in Königswinter.
The city of Königswinter takes the equipment of its educational institutions seriously and made the decision to adapt the network infrastructure of the Oberpleis School Center to meet current requirements. This could not, however, be achieved through simple modernization. The network landscape was too diverse and it was not possible to implement uniform, efficient management using the existing hardware and the non-uniform architecture. A comprehensive solution was needed – a completely new and up-to-date network infrastructure that reflects the current state of the art.
Based on new components, T-Systems set up four sub-networks with strictly separated logic in the school network. One for the school administration, one for the pedagogical area, and one for the new software-based VoIP telephone system. The fourth sub-network serves to manage the networks. At the heart of the system is a network access controller that segments the physical network. It accesses an active directory where components such as new extensions, users or (WiFi) access points can be easily added and removed.
A firewall and an antivirus server protect the school network and its 180 access points and 90 telephones from the outside world. A high-performance router connects the solution to the internet via a Telekom high-performance 1 Gbit/s connection. The high bandwidth offers a good foundation, even for high-volume data traffic. An intelligent high-availability data storage system secures all data in the network centrally.