New College in Durham reports major savings from converged network


New College in Durham reports major savings from converged network

Rebecca Thomson

New College in Durham has revealed significant cost savings from a wireless and converged IT network implemented in 2005 and upgraded this year.

The network, which converges voice, data and CCTV, was originally installed in 2005 when moved to a new campus and the college installed Wi-Fi across the campus six months ago with networking integrator Telindus completing the work.
Savings are estimated at £150,000 with less cabling, maintenance and PC management required. CCTV and telephony systems being managed over the IP network saves a further £40,000.

The further and higher education college said the network has helped students by allowing them to record lectures and watch them later, as well as improving security with a more extensive CCTV system.

Alan Race, assistant director in ICT for the college, said staff could access phone messages and e-mails anywhere through the Wi-Fi, and could use the new technology to think of more innovative ways of teaching.

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