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New wireless data infrastructure supports Texas district's 1 to1 program

Irving ISD is home to a 1-to-1 laptop program, which creates some challenges in accommodating approximately 34,000 students, teachers and administrators with reliable wireless connectivity.
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INX Inc. has completed a deployment of mobile data infrastructure for Irving, Texas Independent School District.

With over 40 campuses and administrative locations, Irving Independent School District (IISD) serves the community of Irving, Texas through several diverse K-12 schools and other learning facilities. Irving ISD is home to a 1-to-1 laptop program, which creates some challenges in accommodating approximately 34,000 students, teachers and administrators with reliable wireless connectivity. In order to address these challenges and improve the student experience, IISD and INX designed a comprehensive mobile device and wireless infrastructure in 39 of IISD’s campuses and administrative locations, leveraging new Cisco wireless technology that included controllers, access points and network switches. With the designed solution, IISD was enabled to deliver enhanced wireless connectivity to all students, including high school students who benefit from the 1-to-1 program. Irving ISD was also able to realize improved network reliability and availability. The network infrastructure solution has provided a more stable and higher performing local network and Internet connectivity, and thus greatly improved the learning experience for students across all campuses.

“This network upgrade allowed the district to realize a number of benefits including: providing Gigabit to the classroom, doubling the wireless access coverage, and significantly increasing the speed, security, and reliability of our wireless network," said Dr. Alice Owen, Division Director of Technology in Irving ISD. "The impact of this new technology on the district and in our 1-to-1 program has been extremely positive.”

Alvin McQuarters, Director of Infrastructure and Information Systems for Irving ISD, said, “INX has been an outstanding partner who has gone above and beyond what is typically done by a service provider. Their turnaround time during this engagement was incredibly fast and efficient and their engineering talent was key in allowing us to design and deploy a solution that would transform student experience across all of our campuses and learning centers.”

The deal totaled $12.9 million in product and service revenue for INX and was completed in September 2011. Irving ISD leveraged their E-rate discounts which saved the District 88% of the total cost. Technology bond funds approved by Irving voters in 2007 were used to complete the project.

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