This year's BETT show saw an abundance of new educational-focused technology products. Not least of these were from the networking company D-Link, which was offering up its robust range to help schools set up a concrete network foundation.
There has been an explosion in mobility within schools – not only are more and more children owning their own mobile devices, but schools are also seeing the benefits from interactive whiteboards and in-house devices.
This is where D-Link comes in, says the company’s business solutions and marketing manager, Andrew Mulholland. “Here at the show we’re getting schools coming up to us and saying ‘we’ve bought loads of devices, help’,” Mulholland told PCR. “It’s like a house – if the foundations are shaky, whatever you build on top will collapse.”
One of D-Link’s focuses at the show was on the effect this influx of mobile devices is having on schools’ storage. If there are a lot more devices, it naturally follows that there will be a lot more production and a lot more output – all this requires more storage. The firm’s ‘mydlink’ cloud service aims to provide schools and businesses with easy-to-set-up devices that interconnect with each other using the cloud. “There are schools that have their pupils working off iPads and the teachers want to know how and where to store all of the work their students are producing.
“They can store it in the cloud, but some are not too happy about the data being sent off-site. By using the mydlink cloud service, you can have a small NAS device located in the classroom with an app on your iPad and you can automatically save your work directly to that box. So it is still local, but it is a solution that we’ve come up with that is very easy to use, very easy for the children to use, and very easy to set up,” explained Mulholland.
D-Link was also demonstrating how to keep on top of managing access points throughout a facility with its wireless controllers. “Traditionally, a school or business would have a number of access points across their estate, and they would generally have to set up, configure and manage those access points on an individual basis. What the controller does is it relieves a lot of the burden of network administration,” said Mulholland.
“In a school environment, it can be very daunting for some teachers to be put in charge of a wireless network. These controllers can simplify management of those access points and make sure they’re working correctly.”