School's out for mobile

The General Teaching Council for England, which has 500,000 registered teachers, has deployed a high speed circuit switched data...

The General Teaching Council for England, which has 500,000 registered teachers, has deployed a high speed circuit switched data (HSCSD) solution for its mobile workers to cut costs and increase efficiency.

GTC staff travel around the country extensively to help shape teaching standards and education policy. They often stay in hotels and have to remotely file reports and keep on top of their e-mail, and many of them found that traditional hotel room connections were unreliable and costly.

The HSCSD system deployed is used over the Orange network and gives GTC staff in the field a 30 kbps connection to the internet via mobile data cards that slot into employees' laptops.

Initially, 20 staff have been equipped with the HSCSD cards, and the GTC says its staff is more productive as a result. Andrew Hill, GTC ICT manager, said: "By using the mobile data cards, our employees have greater flexibility as to when and where they work.

"The cards have significantly reduced the length of time it takes for staff to securely access corporate information and e-mail, thus call costs have been reduced."

HSCSD works over GSM networks and the data rates are guaranteed as a result of allocated frequency channels provided on the mobile network to HSCSD users.

This article was part of Computer Weekly's enterprise mobile business channel, sponsored by Nokia 

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