Case Study-Broadband Wireless Solution for Unitec Campus - Sponsored Whitepaper

Case Study-Broadband Wireless Solution for Unitec Campus
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Unitec New Zealand is a major tertiary education provider that offers postgraduate and degree-level study, as well as vocational education and training to more than 50,000 students.

Unitec has around 55 full time IT staff members that manage a network of approximately 4,000 connected nodes, seventy five percent of which are workstations. There are also approximately 300 to 400 wireless laptops configured to connect to the Unitec wireless network. Staff and students are tied together through a variety of Metropolitan Area Network (MAN), Local Area Network (LAN) and Virtual Private Network (VPN) solutions.

In an effort to enhance the Bachelor of Nursing program, Unitec and the Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB) opened a joint venture Practice and Simulation Centre (or Sim Lab) at the beginning of 2006.

The Waitakere Hospital is designed to give nursing students detailed clinical experience using human patient simulators in a simulated hospital setting. Designed to replicate a hospital environment, the centre includes an operating theatre, intensive care unit, simulation room, acute assessment room, conference room, computer suite, interview rooms and an audio visual control room. WDHB uses the Sim Lab for training medical, nursing and allied staff. In future, both Unitec and WDHB will practice clinical simulations together.

The Waitakere Hospital is located just over a kilometre away from the Unitec campus and was not part of the Unitec network. There was no way for the 450 nursing students to access Unitec resources from inside the Practice and Simulation centre until a robust data, voice and video connection from Proxim joined the two sites. Nursing students rely on the Unitec network to connect to a secure web-based central server and upload the clinical details they capture via their hand held PDAs.
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