the hardware and provided the engineers needed to help set up and advise the users on how to operate the new equipment. From there, ACS Offi ce Solutions Account Manager Sean Brookes

oversaw an iPad roll-out in 2015, followed by the Microsoft Surface Go provision to Senior School students in 2018. T at brought with it a requirement for more reliable and more secure wifi and upgrades to the wireless infrastructure. After completing an initial wireless survey to see what condition

the existing infrastructure was in, ACS Offi ce Solutions analysed what needed to be done to ensure it would stand up to a full roll-out of one- to-one devices. Advice from Duncan that the existing structure was quite fl at led

to the decision to segment the network and make it more organised; the fi bre links and connections were also upgraded and the school moved to 10 Gig links. On top of the cabling and links of the network, ACS implemented the Ruckus wireless system throughout the school. Sean Brookes said: “Duncan was concerned about the security of

the iPads on the existing network and so we went back and upgraded the wireless system to ensure it performed well over two diff erent school sites but also met their security needs. “Getting this technology in place made a diff erence to the students

in general, but it really came into its own recently when it suddenly became necessary to learn from home. You can’t predict being caught up in a situation like this but you can stay ahead of the curve and be as ready as possible for any eventuality.” As Account Manager, Sean is available to the school whenever

they need advice, or an issue arises. Long-term strategy benefi ts from having the expertise and knowledge of someone with an eye on future developments in the IT sector.


Duncan said: “Upgrading the entire network

infrastructure was the biggest ICT project the school has undertaken for some time. ACS managed the whole project with my in-house team from design and installation right through to testing. No big project is without hiccups but for every incident ACS found a solution that would work. “On a day-to-day level, I know I can turn to Sean

when I need something – we recently revised the type of protective cases we were using, for instance, because the ones we’d chosen turned out not to be up to the rigours of school use, and we took advice on insurance for the devices because with children, you are inevitably going to need to replace or repair on a relatively regular basis. “Looking further forward, both parties know that

we will probably be looking to upgrade in the next 18 months to two years, and I know that ACS will always have an eye on what is going to be available by then, what products are being brought to market and will advise. “At the same time, it’s good to work with a

company that doesn’t pester you with sales emails and calls trying to sell you things you don’t want and don’t need. It’s a partnership that works very well for us, and one that’s certainly proved invaluable over the past few months.”

Find out more about ACS Offi ce Solutions by calling 01604 704000, email or visit the website


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