Orange, CA – VPLS, a premier technology solutions provider, announced that it has completed a next generation wireless upgrade for Lawndale Elementary School District. The wireless upgrade included a full replacement of all indoor access points at nine school campuses and the district office, plus the addition of outdoor wireless access points. The implementation of the next generation wireless network by VPLS furthers the District’s Technology Services mission of delivering customer-focused technical support and services to all schools and district departments. It also provides a platform for providing optimal wireless coverage for critical student and teacher applications with the focus on increasing academic achievement.
The VPLS design for Lawndale ESD includes Ruckus R720 access points for most classrooms, with Ruckus R730 access points for indoor areas with higher expected wireless device density. Ruckus T710s were used for outdoor coverage. The Ruckus 700 series products offer improvements on both coverage and performance from the District’s previous wireless platform, while meeting the District’s budgetary objectives. VPLS also included wireless site surveys to ensure optimal performance.
“Throughout our wireless upgrade project, VPLS provided excellent onsite support from the initial receipt, tagging and configuration of equipment, to the deployment and testing of all new devices,” said Todd Barker, Director of Information Technology for Lawndale Elementary School District. “Because of the careful design and deployment process, we expect the system to provide our students and staff with excellent wireless service into the foreseeable future.”
VPLS also assisted the District by working with Universal Service Administrative Co. (USAC) to secure the majority of the funding for the project via the federal E-rate initiative. VPLS’s successful deployment is the latest in a series of successful engagements with school districts in Los Angeles’s South Bay.