IBM Unveils Wireless Education Services

By Carol Ellison  |  Posted 2005-05-04 Print this article Print

The package, aimed at helping schools build wireless broadband and VOIP networks, is built on IBM's WebSphere platform and includes consulting and technical assistance service.

PHILADELPHIA—Trading on its experience in technology build-outs at campuses around the country, IBM is rolling out a campus service package for wireless broadband communications and voice-over-IP networks. The company announced the package at the W2i Digital Cities Convention meeting here this week. The offering, called the Wireless Campus for Education, is built on IBMs WebSphere open Internet platform and includes consulting and technical assistance service.
According to Don Spaulding, director of information services and technology for the Syracuse City School District in Syracuse, N.Y., the system gives students "unparalleled access" to resources, including audio and video resources, while allowing students, teachers and parents to work together. IBM worked with carriers to create a wireless broadband network and VOIP coverage across the districts 22 schools.
Diana Hage, director of wireless solutions and business development at IBM Global Services, said the Syracuse school district and the University of Central Arkansas demonstrate the range of applications that schools can implement using the services. At the Syracuse schools, the package provides a security system that controls access to confidential student data while enabling students and faculty to participate in video conferences or give presentations from remote locations. VOIP support enables a school district to link schools with such things as online directories, interactive class lists and district announcements. IBM and its partners developed a hosting mechanism for the University of Central Arkansas cellular network that allows the school to share revenues on calls made from campus. The system offers a backbone to carriers and improves coverage for the more than 10,000 cellular users on campus. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.
Carol Ellison is editor of's Mobile & Wireless Topic Center. She has authored whitepapers on wireless computing (two on network security–,Securing Wi-Fi Wireless Networks with Today's Technologies, Wi-Fi Protected Access: Strong, Standards-based Interoperable Security for Today's Wi-Fi Networks, and Wi-Fi Public Access: Enabling the future with public wireless networks.

Ms. Ellison served in senior and executive editorial positions for Ziff Davis Media and CMP Media. As an executive editor at Ziff Davis Media, she launched the networking track of The IT Insider Series, a newsletter/conference/Web site offering targeted to chief information officers and corporate directors of information technology. As senior editor at CMP Media's VARBusiness, she launched the Web site, VARBusiness University, an online professional resource center for value-added resellers of information technology.

Ms. Ellison has chaired numerous industry panels and has been quoted as a networking and educational technology expert in The New York Times, Newsday, The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio's All Things Considered, CNN Headline News, WNBC and CNN/FN, as well as local and regional Comcast and Cablevision reports. Her articles have appeared in most major hi-tech publications and numerous newspapers and magazines, including The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor.

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