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Members are Stronger Together: Salve Regina Helps St. George’s School Leverage the OSHEAN Network to Support Academic Technology Initiatives

St. George’s School is a private boarding and day school for grades 9 through 12 located in Middletown, Rhode Island. Just down the road in Newport is Salve Regina University, a private Catholic university with more than 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. Both institutions are members of the Ocean State Higher Education Economic Development and Administrative Network, OSHEAN. OSHEAN delivers highly-advanced technology solutions to member institutions and the communities they serve.

St. George's was looking to increase their connectivity in order to better support academic technology initiatives for faculty and students. Since an initial review indicated that St. George’s was not a candidate for a new fiber connection due to distance limitations, OSHEAN recommended a packet radio solution from Ubiquity that would upgrade the transport circuit while lowering monthly costs, providing the capability for increased Internet speeds at St. George’s.

Site surveys revealed that a "line of sight" solution would be successful from the Salve Regina campus to St. George's School. Working with a team consisting of Glenn Clark, director of technology at Salve Regina, Landon Group for wireless radios, and Robyn Johnson, director of technology at St. George’s School, OSHEAN was able to design a solution leveraging Salve's fiber cable plant connecting to OSHEAN fiber in order to provide the new transport link.

As part of a dedicated and passionate technology community, OSHEAN members often work together to help each other meet their goals. The St. George’s application is a terrific example of resource sharing among OSHEAN members as Salve allowed OSHEAN to install a packet radio on a roof within its campus to communicate with a packet radio at St. George’s.

To address St. George’s concerns about implementing a "new" technology, OSHEAN designed a failover strategy so that in the event that the wireless radios failed, connectivity would revert over to the previous, lower speed circuit.  OSHEAN is pleased to report that the new wireless solution has been successfully operating since March without incident, providing St. George’s the increased Internet capability required for their entire campus. Thanks in big part, of course, to Glenn Clark and Salve Regina’s cooperation and collaboration, working in conjunction with OSHEAN’s network engineers to design an effective solution to meet St. George’s requirements.

“Our partnership with Salve’s Glenn Clark, cultivated through OSHEAN’s Ralph Fasano, has transformed the end-user experience at St. George’s School. Staff, faculty, and students now have the opportunity to better utilize online resources including our Learning Management System,” said Robyn Johnson, director of technology at St. George’s School. “Our new airFiber system is reliable, and offers flexibility for future growth. We are incredibly grateful for the time, effort, and resources put forth by OSHEAN, Landon Group, and Salve Regina.”

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