Kew takes Extreme measures to catalogue its collection

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew has rolled out a network to underpin a major digitisation project, which will catalogue its entire collection of specimens, periodical titles, prints and drawings.

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew has rolled out a network to underpin a major digitisation project, which will catalogue its entire collection of specimens, periodical titles, prints and drawings.

Kew is using Extreme Networks' gigabit network to provide the capacity to handle the daily scanning, transferring and storing of hundreds of gigabytes of digital scans while continuing to service the ongoing scientific, administrative and visitor facilities.

Ken Bailey, IT manager at Kew, said, "The package not only provided a very elegant solution for what we needed but also a simple and unobtrusive changeover. In addition to running the ongoing digitisation projects at this time, we envisage the network expanding in the future to support new applications such as voice over IP, CCTV and other video and interactive information facilities for visitors."

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