As the only pure WiFi player in the industry, Ruckus Wireless is making strides in the education industry – providing WiFi access to hungry students across Africa.
“Schools and universities everywhere are looking beyond the current generation of WiFi technology to support more users and diverse applications. At the same time, today they are faced with greater financial and staff resource constraints,” says Michael Fletcher, sales director for Ruckus Wireless sub-Saharan Africa.
“Many have found conventional WLAN technology to be overly costly and complex while delivering inconsistent performance and inadequate signal coverage – preventing many schools and universities from making WiFi a ubiquitous multimedia communications utility that provides students with a better learning experience. With our Smart WiFi, this is now history.”
Ruckus Wireless Smart WiFi technology uniquely eliminates the WiFi barriers for schools with state-of-the-art technology that directs WiFi signals only where needed and adapts transmissions around environmental problems such as interference.
By controlling the form and direction of signal energy rather than radiating omni-directionally all the time, Smart WiFi delivers higher reliability and more extensive coverage. Furthermore, it provides for a “greener” WiFi environment as fewer Access Points (APs) are needed to provide ubiquitous coverage.
Flexible WiFi to increase productivity and innovation
“As information becomes more borderless, flexibility and mobility are critical to increasing productivity and innovation. A WLAN facility that enables access and communications anywhere, anytime helps schools and universities increase enrolments and competitiveness by fostering a more collaborative and creative learning environment,” continues Fletcher.
“In fact, technology has become an integral part of educating students all around the world. Gone are the days where a teacher would sit down with their class and teach using just a textbook, blackboard and piece of chalk. Students today can now enjoy the use of Tablets, and Internet in the classroom, offering a richer and more interactive learning experience.”
With the right infrastructure, the installation of WiFi technology in the academic arena can not only further collaboration and educational participation, but can also allow students to access the school’s online portal where the teacher posts their homework or study material, actively engage with peers, and on the converse, allow their parents to keep track of their children’s results.
The introduction and increase of tablets that have the syllabus’ applications installed also allows students to actively participate in the learning process.
“WiFi is becoming more and more pervasive in South Africa and Africa alike with hotspots becoming readily available everywhere and it is no different in schools and campuses – where the flexibility, mobility and overall cost effectiveness of WiFi is helping to provide much needed access for students and facilitate the learning and creative process. We are likely to see this increase in 2013 and beyond,” concludes Fletcher.
Ruckus Wireless solutions have been selected by a large number of universities in Africa including: the University of Namibia; University of Botswana; University of Mauritius; University of Nairobi; and Strathmore University in Kenya. Schools in South Africa include Crawford, Redhill and Herschel Girls School in Cape Town to name but a few.