Exeter, Rhode Island, July 12, 2011 — Pemberton Township Schools operates 11 K-12 schools in Burlington County, NJ, serving nearly 5,000 students in three towns. The school system, which includes nine elementary schools, one middle school and one high school, initiated a comprehensive upgrade to its aging wireless infrastructure. NWN Carousel was called on to plan and implement the solution, which centered on a Meru wireless/gateway controller system.
Pemberton, which recently implemented its “Blueprints for Success” program for accelerating learning in the classroom environment, has a total of 2,500 computers in its district and is constantly refreshing its technology to provide its students with the best possible learning environment. Its ratio of one student to every 2.5 computers is more than double the nationally prescribed ratio. Rather than being housed solely in a computer lab, these computers play an active role in the curriculum across many different subject areas.
By working with Carousel, Pemberton was able to ensure that its mobile communication devices and computers — including the ‘mobile carts’ that are frequently used in classrooms and a variety of other instructional areas — were able to move seamlessly throughout each campus. So far, the upgrade has been successfully completed at five of the 11 schools, and installation is currently underway for each of the six remaining schools.
“Our team was very motivated to work alongside Pemberton’s IT team to take their wireless network into the next decade,” commented Robert Acerra, Regional Sales Director at NWN Carousel. “By designing, integrating and installing a solution that called for Meru controllers and access points, we were able to deliver seamless and reliable connectivity that far exceeded the capabilities of the incumbent solution, both in cost and performance.”
Aside from the stringent technical requirements of the solution itself, the installation had to take place outside of normal school hours so as to not disrupt the instructional day. Therefore the Carousel team would routinely begin work at 3:00 p.m. each day and work into the evening. This continued until the first phase of the project — five schools — was completed approximately one month later.
“Last year we had a district administrative initiative that entailed changing our focus from technology as a learning center to technology integrated into all instructional areas with project based learning,” explains Kathy Bernacki, district information officer at Pemberton Township Schools. “It became apparent that we were going to have to have more of these mobile labs that travelled around the schools as the teachers and students worked on different projects.”
“Carousel was instrumental in helping us accomplish our technical requirements, while ensuring we were not going to spend any more than we needed to spend,” she continued. “We have a very good business relationship with them and this particular installation has helped take our entire technology program to the next level.”
In addition to working with Carousel to extend its wireless upgrade to its six other schools, Pemberton is also in the process of using ARRA funds to invest in smart boards, which are being used in conjunction with smart response systems – all of which will eventually be connected to the wireless network.
“It used to be that technology was a subject on the side, like art and music,” concludes Bernacki. “But over the course of the last five to ten years, that has changed dramatically. Technology is now used more as a tool to motivate students to learn all subjects across the entire curriculum.”
NWN Carousel designs, delivers and supports technology solutions that become the foundation of our clients’ businesses. This includes unified communications, virtualization, Voice over IP (VoIP), video conferencing and collaboration and data infrastructure solutions. Since Carousel was founded in 1992 we’ve grown an average of 30% – 50% per year with estimated 2010 revenues of over $200 million. Today we have over 5,000 customers, including 35 of the Fortune 100. Carousel has been recognized by both VAR and CRN Magazines as one of the top technology integrators in the US and we’ve been listed in the Inc. 500/5000 seven times.
Carousel is headquartered in Exeter, RI with over 900 employees working from offices in 27 locations across the US, including over 250 service technicians deployed across the country. For more information visit nwncarousel.linchpin.dev
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