Horsham District Council

Horsham District Council improves network security and reduces network management costs with a next-gen Firewall from Redway Networks

Over 800 users connect to Horsham District Council’s network at any time, either on-site or remotely, via Microsoft Data Access. Not only was their legacy security architecture complex and clunky to manage, its depth of defence was no longer adequate to protect the Council from the elevated risk of cyber-attacks which have rocketed in recent years. With a rising number of end points, many accessing sensitive data from remote locations, Horsham District Council needed a solution that could simplify and strengthen network security.

The new security solution has delivered:

  • Depth of defence has been significantly improved by a next-gen Meraki MX firewall, bringing intrusion prevention, content filtering, anti-malware, geo-based firewalling and remote access connectivity
  • With its 5-year MX support licence, Meraki will save Horsham Council around £30,000 over the next five years in upgrade and support costs, standard with Meraki firewalls

  • The shift to remote working has hugely increased the risk of cyberattacks due to a much higher number of connected, off-site devices, each a potential breach to security. The Council is now fully protected for today’s hybrid working

Our new Meraki firewall has not only improved our security infrastructure but will save the Council around £30,000 in upgrade and support costs over the next five years based on what we were spending in support costs with our previous security vendors.

Faz Sadough, Senior IT Engineer at Horsham District Council

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The Challenge

The Council’s network security was inadequate protection against today’s threats, having reached the end of its life. Security was also difficult to manage, as they were running 2 firewalls from different vendors causing the network to be overly complicated and more time consuming to manage. With over 800 daily users, many connecting from remote locations, bulletproof security is essential to protect confidential and sensitive data.

Faz Sadough, Senior IT Engineer at Horsham District Council said, “with both [firewalls] coming to end of life we needed a new firewall that had the capabilities to improve our depth of defence and give us complete control over the network via the cloud. Find out how we secured their network in our full case study.

 

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Wakefield Grammar School Foundation Supports 1:1 and Personalised Digital Learning Across its Schools with Next-Gen Wireless Networking from Redway Networks.

The Foundation’s campus of 3 schools has over 2,000 students, multiple buildings, and hundreds of connecting devices, all reliant on wireless networking. Their existing network was not able to provide the visibility or flexibility their IT teams required, to support personalised, digital, 1:1 learning, or ensuring secure, reliable connectivity. With our help, the Foundation has transitioned to a future-proofed network, able to support the schools’ ambitious plans and streamlining management.

The new solution has delivered:

  • The potential to support personalised, 1:1 learning to over 2,000 students across 3 schools
  • Low TCO future-proofed solution with promotional licence: 10 years for the price of 5

  • Improved security with WiFi-6 technology including higher levels on encryption and auto updates

We’ve seen lots of IT benefits as all our information is now in one centralised cloud managed dashboard with click and point granularity, so searching for top applications, users or devices is easy. We now have a future-proofed network that is very capable from a capacity point of view and won’t ever hit a limit as we add new devices.

Simon Cunningham, Infrastructure & Security Manager, Wakefield Grammar School Foundation

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The Challenge

The Foundation’s main goal was to support the future of learning, including 1:1, personalised learning for each student, reliable access to the digital curriculum and greater network control and security. Realising these goals was not possible with Wakefield Grammar School Foundation’s existing network. The network was also cumbersome to manage, requiring data exports into Excel before crunching numbers to find and fix problems manually.

The large campus, including both modern buildings, listed old ones with thick walls, and a high-capacity theatre, makes high-performance networking a challenge, so the Foundation required an expert in these environments. Read how we helped move the schools to a future-ready WiFi-6 solution in our case study.

 

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Jarrow School has future proofed its network and improved bandwidth performance by 500% following a switching project from Redway Networks

Jarrow School’s exceptional facilities, including state-of-the-art classrooms, PC suites, and virtual learning environment, were being limited by connectivity issues that impacted 800 students and 100 staff. The school’s ageing Cisco network had reached the end of its life, and could no longer meet the bandwidth requirements for today’s teaching causing network issues from edge to core. Redway Networks conducted an audit of the existing infrastructure and designed, installed and configured new switches to future-proof Jarrow School’s classrooms for the next 10 years.

The new switching solution has delivered:

  • 500% improvement in bandwidth across the whole school site
  • Speed improvement from 10GB 60GB to over 800 pupils and 100 staff

  • Considerable time saved on network administration due to automated workflows

We’ve saved considerable administration time deploying Microsoft Windows operating systems and applications to new and existing devices. Before our new switching we had to perform software imaging during school holidays due to the lack of bandwidth but now we can update a whole suite of thirty PCs in around an hour.

Ian Brown, Leader of ICT Development, Jarrow School

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The Challenge

Classrooms were seeing a poorer student and teacher experience due to poor connectivity, holding back learning, lesson planning and staff collaboration.

Ian Brown, Leader of ICT Development at the school said: “With no firmware updates available via Cisco, we couldn’t take advantage of new protocols, so we decided to upgrade our remaining network switches. We’d gone for Aruba’s 5400R core switch so we set out to find an independent network vendor who could work with us to design a future proofed solution for our whole network and switching configuration, successfully completing our Aruba deployment.” Read how we helped in our case study.

 

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Brighton Hill Community School Supports Innovative Learning with a New Wireless Solution from Redway Networks

With pupil numbers doubling in the last three years and plans to reach full capacity in 2022, robust, scalable and secure connectivity ready to take on rising numbers of students, staff and devices was a priority for Brighton Hill Community School in Hampshire. Their 10 year old solution was struggling to offer the performance needed for students to thrive, with the IT department battling issues with both coverage and capacity.

A new wireless solution was needed to meet current connectivity requirements for existing EdTech, as well as future-proof classroom connectivity for additional students, devices, and learning platforms.

The new WiFi solution has delivered:

  • A cloud-based Meraki solution with an intuitive, easy-to-manage network thanks to a superior single-pane dashboard
  • Total classroom coverage and capacity for the next 10 years of developments in teaching and learning techniques

  • 10 year licence with automatic firmware updates with zero downtime and error free configuration

Meraki has given us a robust, future proofed wireless network that is really simple to use and with the cloud dashboard I can manage the network from anywhere, which gives me more network visibility. The whole experience with our new WiFi from Redway Networks was professional and the service we received was absolutely brilliant. The job was completed on time and the aftercare and support has been excellent.

Tony Eden, IT & Network Manager, Brighton Hill Community School

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The Challenge

Classrooms were seeing a poorer student and teacher experience due to poor connectivity, holding back learning, lesson planning and staff collaboration.

Tony Eden, IT & Network Manager at Brighton Hill Community School says: “We were having coverage issues with our existing WiFi which had basically come to the end of its life. With our plans to increase student numbers and replace some of our IT computers with laptops and tablets, the first stage of the process was to upgrade the wireless network infrastructure.” Read how we helped in our case study.

 

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Mowbray Education Trust benefits from WiFi fault-finding surveys from Redway Networks

With 400 teachers and 1,100 students spread across 7 schools, supporting connectivity that can support learning, teaching and monitoring at each site is a complex task for Mowbray Academy Trust’s IT department. Several schools were having trouble giving students access to digital learning material, so required a series of on-site troubleshooting WiFi surveys to get classrooms back on track.

The WiFi Surveys delivered:

  • Insight into how and why the schools’ networks were not delivering adequate coverage and speeds
  • A WiFi survey report, presented to the Trust, outlining corrective work needed including additional APs

  • A ‘gold standard’ service from Redway Networks, re-establishing robust, high-performing wireless in all schools

Since the wireless remedial works were done, all 4 schools now have more reliable wireless network connectivity with better coverage and much faster WiFi which has improved the student experience. The service we received from Redway Networks was brilliant… faultless…and easy from top to bottom.

Bobby Wallace, Group IT Services Manager, Mowbray Education Trust

The Challenge

Four of Mowbray Academy Trust’s schools were seeing a poorer student and teacher experience due to poor connectivity, holding back learning, lesson planning and staff collaboration. Rectifying these issues required a specialised survey, tailored to the school’s environment and requirements so as to correctly diagnose the problem and make appropriate recommendations. Read how we helped in our case study.

 

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Blackburn College selects Redway Networks for a WiFi Survey that paves the route to a new high-performance wireless network

As one of the largest colleges in the UK – with over 750 staff and 10,000 students – Blackburn College’s wireless network has to support an increasingly huge number of users, devices and applications. With the college’s existing Meru network holding learning back, an expert WiFi survey was vital for paving the way to a new, future-proofed wireless network. Find out how we helped below.

The WiFi Survey delivered:

  • Insight into how and why the college’s aging Meru network wouldn’t be able to support its high-density needs for long
  • A ‘right first time’ project plan that can be used to deliver a new, high-performance wireless solution now or in the future

  • A list of ‘quick fix’ recommendations that have boosted wireless performance in the short term, such as moving APs

The service we received from Redway Networks during the on-site survey was exceptional and its engineers were very professional. We now have an excellent WiFi survey report that we can use in the future.

Imtiyaz Patel, IT Services Manager, Blackburn College

The Challenge

Blackburn College’s existing Meru solution is coming to the end of its life, with support ending within a year. The college needed to know how the network would begin to progressively hold back education in classrooms, so a WiFi survey needed to be done to ascertain future performance based on campus buildings, emerging EdTech, the future of wireless technology and the school’s objectives. Read how we helped in our case study.

 

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Anord Mardix improves network capacity at UK sites with robust, scalable WiFi solution

Anord Mardix, the world leader in electrical engineering and manufacturing, has improved wireless network performance at 3 of its UK production facilities with a high-performance WiFi solution from WiFi experts Redway Networks. The new Cambium cloud-networking platform provides seamless, hyper-fast connectivity between the company’s WMS and over 1,000 mobile scanning devices.

The new WiFi solution has delivered:

  • Reliable connectivity for next-gen warehouse devices on the 5GHz range, eliminating slow speeds and connectivity breaks
  • Weatherproof, dustproof, robust access points built for indoor/outdoor use. Anord Mardix can now stream live in HD to clients for remote acceptance testing

  • Single-pane-of-glass monitoring and management, delivering better network visibility and control, including remote troubleshooting

We needed bullet proof WiFi and as an independent wireless vendor, I knew Redway Networks had the wireless experience to recommend the best-fit solution. I’m really impressed with our new Cambium WiFi, and Redway Networks delivered an exceptional service throughout the whole project.

Toby Turner, Group IT Director, Anord Mardix

The Challenge

Anord Mardix’s existing WiFi solution was increasingly unable to support the business due to continued expansion and adoption of the latest technology and mobile devices. The warehouse workforce was experiencing problems with connectivity, dropouts, slow speeds and dark spots. These had a business-wide impact on warehouse pace and efficiency. The company decided to upgrade to a more robust solution capable of carrying their operations into the future, but with 3 warehouse sites at over 150,000sq./ft, this was no easy task.
 

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Selby College improves the student experience with high-density WiFi 6 – delivered in just 8 weeks – from Redway Networks.

Thanks to a new hyper-secure, robust networking solution, the digital experience of students and staff now matches the campus’ state-of-the-art facilities which have made the College one of the most up-to-date education providers in the area.

The new WiFi solution has delivered:

  • Fast, reliable connectivity for 2,000 students at a time across laptops, iPads, smartphones and more
  • Hyper-secure WiFi-6 with a centralised cloud-managed licence and automatic upgrades for 10 years

  • A future-proofed network capable of supporting new EdTech including WiFi-7 and WiFi-8 ready devices

“I was looking for a cloud solution rather than an onsite wireless controller and when Redway showed me a demonstration of Meraki I really liked it and knew it would meet our requirements for connectivity and performance and I liked its easy-to-use dashboard. Plus, Meraki’s 10-year software licence (plus the free year offer) was cheaper than the 5-year support deal offered by the other vendors.

Mike Pilling, Network Services Manager at Selby College

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The Challenge

Over the years, devices, apps and expectations have exploded, so the college’s existing Netgear solution was struggling to provide the bandwidth needed to support students and staff. Students were missing out due to a network that could not provide a foundation for today’s learning.

Timecsales were really tight, so not only did Selby College need a provider with expertise in the education sector, they also needed one with the ability to deliver a bespoke wireless solution (designed, installed and configured) within a very short timescale.
 

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Liverpool & London Music Academy improves access to digital teaching and learning with Cisco Meraki cloud-based networking solution

Following a surge in student applications alongside an expansion across two new state-of-the-art campuses in Liverpool and also in London, LMA – co-owned by global superstar Robbie Williams – has invested in a high-performance wireless solution to deliver reliable and secure connectivity to all staff and students.

The new WiFi solution has delivered:

  • Fast, reliable access to all of the school’s applications in the cloud for over 1,000 students at any one time
  • Superior security to protect the academy from elevated risks due to both campus locations being in high-density city spots

  • Complete network monitoring and management from anywhere via the cloud-based Meraki app, supporting security, configuration and customisation on-the-go

After a disappointing service from another WiFi vendor, I reached out to Redway Networks as I was impressed with the company’s credentials and the fact, they had experience in the education sector. When I spoke to Redway it was obvious that they could help us, and I arranged a consultation call to go through our network requirements.

Oliver Morris, Technical Manager at Liverpool & London Music Academy

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The Challenge

The Academy had upgraded 80% of the hardware found on both campuses, and integrated with Google’s virtual learning environment.

All of the academy’s online applications and resources are accessed via the cloud, so as soon as the upgraded technology began being used it was evident their existing wireless network couldn’t provide the reliable, secure connection that students and staff needed.

Security was also a concern, since both London and Liverpool campuses were in city centres with high levels of traffic from tourists, shoppers and offices.
 

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John Warner School Improves School WiFi Performance with Cloud-Based WiFi 6

The John Warner school has improved wireless connectivity and future-proofed its network for the next ten years with a new next-generation WiFi 6 solution from education wireless experts Redway Networks. The transition to Cisco Meraki has given the school a hyper-secure wireless network that delivers faster speeds and more capacity for its high-density environment with simple cloud-based network performance monitoring.

The new WiFi solution has delivered:

  • A network that can scale alongside the school’s continued growth, and today is supporting devices for over 1,300 students with total network visibility and security
  • Superior 11 year cloud-managed Meraki licence, offering a future-proofed network that can adopt emerging EdTech for the next decade

  • Significantly improved coverage with faster WiFi, protection against the latest security threats and an easy-to-manage cloud-based platform

Redway Networks has been knowledgeable throughout the whole project and the service we have received has been exceptional. From the initial phone conversation, through to the wireless product recommendations, design period, implementation and final survey – everything Redway delivered was 100%.

Chris Baker, IT Network Manager at The John Warner School

The Challenge

The school was having issues with access points failing as they had come to the end of their life; a new wireless network was urgently needed. In addition, the school had grown considerably over the last 10 years, increasing in the number of students, staff, and buildings. This was placing additional pressure on an already unfit-for-purpose network.

The school wanted a superior network that would provide reliable, secure coverage for students, staff and educators, as well as offering a digital experience that matched the high standards the school prides itself on. Find out more in the full case study.
 

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