Kentucky School District Enables BYOD With Enterasys

— May 01, 2012

Enterasys Networks, a Siemens Enterprise Communications Company, announced that Anderson County School District in Kentucky has deployed Enterasys OneFabric BYOD solutions to provide its 3,800 students and 500 employees with reliable and secure wireless access.

One of the key initiatives at the Anderson School District is to transform the student academic experience while driving economic and IT efficiencies. The school district decided to provide choice and flexibility to the student community to allow them to access academic information through their own laptops, tablets and smartphones. Anderson School District needed to implement a wireless network that could provide complete visibility and automated management in a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environment to support its 1:1 technology learning initiative, through which each student has access to a wireless communication device.

"Since it would be too cost-prohibitive to purchase wireless devices for each of our students, and 80 percent of our students have devices they can use, the best solution was to upgrade our wireless infrastructure and allow students and faculty to bring their own devices," said Bret Foster, CIO for Anderson County School District. "By allowing students to bring their own wireless devices, we can harness the resources students already have, and are comfortable using, to provide an enhanced learning experience."

Enterasys was chosen for its simplicity and ability to provide deep visibility and control to IT, thereby enabling successful deployment of large-scale BYOD projects. The OneFabric architecture enables the school district to gain end-to-end visibility and provide efficient provisioning of academic applications to consistently deliver the best student and staff experience.

"We feel very confident in our network and if there's any issues, Enterasys is there to help us figure it out within hours – not days or weeks – but hours," said Foster. "With this latest wireless LAN upgrade, I knew I was investing in a quality product and company when we chose Enterasys. The value-add provided by Enterasys' service made it impossible for a competitor to come into my school district."

Anderson School District's upgrade includes Enterasys Wireless, as well as several Enterasys switches (Enterasys S-Series, Enterasys B-Series), wireless access points for each classroom, and Enterasys Mobile IAM for secure, policy-based administration.

Central to success of Anderson School District's wireless upgrade is the NAC's Authentication Gateway, as this feature marries the student's device with their active directory profile. This level of control provides administration with complete visibility into when students log into the network and how students are using their devices.

"A district requirement is for us to track and monitor the usage of personally owned devices on network. Enterasys Mobile IAM has allowed us to track, monitor and report on how the network is being used," said Foster. "Without this feature, it would have been impossible for us to deploy a wireless initiative."

Since the wireless network upgrade in August, Anderson County District has had 2,000 devices register on its network, with new devices added every day.

"Compared to where we were a year ago, we've cut the student to device ratio in half. Students and teachers are excited about the opportunities these devices bring to the educational experience," said Foster. "As a result, learning with any device can happen anytime and anywhere on our campus."

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