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Making Wireless Work (held on 04/07/2012)

I am delighted to be able to extend to you an invitation to an upcoming event, "Making Wireless Work", which is being held on July 4th 2012.

IP Performance, in conjunction with Education Vision Consultancy (EVC), Siracom and Meru Networks, are pleased to announce a free morning seminar on wireless networking and the challenges facing schools and other educational establishments. This fully-catered seminar, technology demonstration and interactive Q&A session will be held at Donnington Valley Golf Club, near Newbury, on Wednesday 4th July 2012, from 9:30 until 14:00. There will be opportunities for round-table discussions as well as private one-to-one meetings with representatives from IP Performance, EVC, Siracom and Meru Networks. The event is firmly aimed at education professionals with responsibility for ICT.

From infant schools all the way through to colleges and universities, learners enrich their education using computers, iPads, tablets and a range of wireless devices. Whilst such diversity of electronic teaching aids is welcome, educational establishments face serious challenges in providing highly secure, reliable and flexible wireless networks, that can deliver the performance expected by teachers and learners alike. Today's educational wireless infrastructure must be reliable, always available - and available everywhere, providing consistent performance with no service or user drop-offs.

As an education professional with responsibility for ICT:

Do you suffer periods of poor wireless performance (lengthy login times, problems with demanding applications such as streaming video, or experiencing difficulties when many pupils are trying to save or open large files across the network)?

Are you struggling to get the most out of wireless networking, including supporting BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) or implementing a wireless infrastructure for the first time?

Do you want to extend the capabilities of your existing wireless infrastructure?

A key benefit of wireless networking in a school environment is being able to use different learning spaces much more flexibly. Wireless networking also facilitates pupil's use of their own devices (BYOD), which allows access to ICT to be extended, even when budgets are strained.

However, these benefits can only be reaped if the wireless infrastructure performs reliably, especially at times of high demand, such as the beginning and end of lessons.

At this event, some of the key principles of wireless networking will be explained and there will be an introduction to high-reliability solutions developed by Meru Networks.

There will also be opportunities during the event to discuss with the presenters any wireless issues that you may be facing at your particular school. This event is suitable for Senior Leadership Team members with responsibility for ICT, ICT coordinators/subject leaders, systems managers and technicians.

During the event there will be a prize draw to win an Apple 8Gb 4th Generation iPod Touch for your school.

In addition, every attendee will qualify for a free virtual wireless site survey for their school or educational establishment (worth £600), arranged and delivered by Siracom.

There is no charge for this event, but spaces are limited, so please click here to register and reserve your place.


09:30 Registration – Coffee & pastries

10:00 Introduction and Welcome - IP Performance, EVC, Siracom & Meru Networks

10:05 IP Performance Introduction - Russell Barrett

10:15 Wireless Networking in Education - Mark Baker (EVC)

10:30 “Who are Meru and Why are They So Strong in Education? ” - Mark Howell, Meru Networks

11:15 Coffee & Biscuits

11:30 "Wireless Infrastructure Technologies and a Single Channel Architecture"– Rob Leggett, Siracom

12:15 Meru Networks Live Demo using the Siracom Multimedia Technical Demonstration Suite

12:30 Q&A, round-table discussions, one-to-one breakout opportunities

13:00 Lunch and further discussion

14.00 Close

Venue: Donnington Valley Golf Club, Snelsmore House, Snelsmore Common, Newbury, West Berkshire RG14 3BG

Date: Wednesday 4th July 2012

Time: 09:30 – 13:30

Click here for a downloadable map and detailed directions to the venue. Note that the entrance to the golf  club is to the north of the main hotel entrance.