x10 Networks was contracted to architect and deploy Next Generation Network for over 1500 public schools across The Province of British Columbia. This project was based on collaborative efforts, working jointly with IBM and TELUS to deliver full transition of each individual school into new connectivity infrastructure.
Article published here by the Province of British Columbia, as follows:
School districts blaze online into Next Generation Network
More B.C. students and teachers are returning to classrooms fully equipped with high- speed internet and enhanced network security services thanks to the ongoing K-12 Provincial Learning Network’s Next Generation Network upgrade.
One school year into the three-year project, more than 60% of students and 816 sites have been connected to the innovative internet network.
Teachers have already reported that with the new system prep time has been reduced, they can confidently access on-line resources, and students are empowered to explore online learning. Already, school districts are reaping the benefits of substantially improved Internet connections. SD 45 (West Vancouver) says the network lets learning become the focus, as teachers and students no longer wonder if the Internet will load webpages like YouTube.
The Next Generation Network provides modern infrastructure that will service all public schools in the province once completed. Not only does the network keep pace with the evolving use of Internet by students and educators, it also provides firewall management, web/URL filtering and IDS/IPS (Intrusion Detection Systems and Intrusion Prevention Systems).
“B.C.’s world-class education system is on track to getting world-class Internet that will support innovative learning parents expect in every classroom. I am inspired by the teachers and students already making use of the Next Generation Network and look forward to further digitally-focused schools in the future.”
– Mike Bernier, Minister of Education
“We have experienced first-hand how the Next Generation Network has vastly improved access to digital resources and better empower teachers and learning throughout our district. Seeing this joint collaboration with the ministry result in a positive outcome speaks to the benefit of working together to achieve common goals.”
– Ray Velestuk, SD34 Abbotsford, BCASBO representative for NGN
“The Comox Valley school district was an early adopter of the Next Generation Network. It provided the required infrastructure to deploy new technologies that support teaching and learning. Without the Next Generation Network, our school district would not be able to implement the current Technology Plan that greatly benefits all users.”
– Russell Horswill, SD71 Comox Valley, BCASBO representative for NGN
- NGN was first announced March 2014.
- Joint initiative with School Districts under the Service Delivery Project.
- The current Provincial Learning Network has been in use for 17 years. It was not built to meet the demands of modern applications and the proliferation of mobile devices
- This critical upgrade has been requested by districts for many years.
- The first NGN circuit was installed July 25, 2014 at W.J. Mouat Senior Secondary in Abbotsford (SD34).
To view the graph for the K-12 NGN Transition Schedule by Year, please click the following link: https://flic.kr/p/xsXGvs
SD 23 Central Okanagan Information Video: http://video.sd23.bc.ca/videos/video/1288/
K- 12 NGN Overview and Background Video: https://youtu.be/k5cs6TQO4vQ