Cardiff goes wireless

City of Cardiff Council rolls out £2.6 million wireless project for the ‘next generation of education’

The City of Cardiff Council has unveiled its multi-million pound implementation of a next generation education infrastructure.

The project saw the Council roll out wireless capabilities to 126 schools across the Cardiff area including primary, secondary and special schools, creating one of the biggest single wireless networks in Western Europe.

City of Cardiff Council became aware of the increasing use of consumer mobile devices in primary and secondary schools. Rather than ignore this change, the Council decided to embrace it and empower students to learn in their own way. However, some schools had already begun their own DIY implementations – buying their own wireless networks or tablets – which required standardisation to ensure a consistently excellent experience for students and teachers alike.

Intrinsic was chosen to manage the implementation of a Cisco Meraki infrastructure, including wireless LAN hardware and cabling. The project comprises one network and nearly 3,000 access points across Cardiff, and is now fully operational.

Richard Clement, e-learning manager at the City of Cardiff Council, said: “Students and teachers today deserve and expect access to the best technology. Through this project, schools in the Cardiff area are able to improve student engagement and motivation because they are able to learn in their own way, with access to the internet anywhere on school grounds. The schools themselves are benefiting from a whole host of new options for teaching processes, while extending their reach into the community.”

The roll out will also be used to encourage remote learning and e-learning, and support BYOD programmes in some schools.