To support its vision to be at the forefront of change and provide students with world-class learning environments, Southern Cross Grammar partnered with JB Hi-Fi Solutions to update the school’s network to cloud-managed infrastructure solutions.

The solution was built using Cisco Meraki network infrastructure. Cloud-managed access points, smart cameras and Wi-Fi 6 technology provide seamless campus connectivity, industry-leading visibility and control, and the capacity to support new applications.

World-class environments to learn, teach and play

As a modern school founded in the 21st century, Southern Cross Grammar is committed to using latest technologies with best teaching practice to maximise their students’ learning. To help the school achieve its goals, IT Manager Chris Mitchell, sought to strengthen the school’s network infrastructure with seamless connectivity across the campus.

Chris sought the expertise of IT partner, JB Hi-Fi Solutions, to develop a comprehensive solution. “The JB Hi-Fi solutions team has always gone above and beyond in providing sophisticated technologies for our school to continue providing high quality teaching and learning experiences for our community.”
Chris said.

“As a school committed to continual growth, it made sense to update our capacity and impact in IT by moving to the cloud-based system.”

Chris Mitchell – IT Manager

Modern network solutions

By understanding the school’s functional and technical requirements, the quantity and type of devices on the network, and the optimum placement of access points across the campus, JB Hi-Fi Solutions developed a solution that included:

  • Meraki MR56 Wi-Fi 6 Indoor Access Points
  • Meraki MR74 Outdoor Access Points
  • Cisco Meraki smart security cameras, including Meraki Verifocal MV72X-HW Outdoor Dome Camera

Cloud-managed access points provide industry-leading visibility and control. The dashboard acts as a simple, single pane of glass, allowing system administrators and helpdesk officers to interact and make changes easily. The Wi-Fi 6 technology will support the increasing number of connected devices as well as the future adoption of the Internet of Things (IOT).

“We have been able to update our school’s IT infrastructure by refreshing our hardware with the latest technology and updating the way we manage, interact with and troubleshoot that technology. The cloud-based solution is centrally managed and updated, so it is continually improving.“

Chris Mitchell – IT Manager

The school was pleased with the result and the
process. “JB Hi-Fi solutions were able to supply the hardware we needed at incredibly competitive prices, along with solutions and a highly experienced professional services team. From our first meeting with our Account Manager to the technical leads scoping the solution and the engineers implementing it, the entire process was streamlined,” said Chris Mitchell.

The recently installed network solution at Southern
Cross Grammar has further enabled the school to continue maximising teaching and learning opportunities for its community.

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