Friday, 20 May 2016

Welcome News on WIFI in Schools

A new ‘Wireless Networking and Associated Services’ procurement framework has been put in place for all schools, ETBs and educational institutions.
This framework was primarily put in place for schools and ETBs, but it can be used by all educational institutions. 
In addition to other schools broadband and ICT Infrastructure advice related activities, Mr. Tom Lonergan will be the Wireless Framework Manager, so he'll be working with the 7 approved suppliers to try and ensure that they provide a high quality service to schools and ETBs, that any complaints are handled appropriately etc.  As such if you require advice or support in relation to Wifi or other aspects of ICT infrastructure, please feel free to contact him.

All the relevant information is available on the PDST Technology website at http://www.pdsttechnologyineducation.ie/en/Technology/Networking-Wireless-Networks/
Wireless Networking Procurement Framework:
As of May 2016, a new ‘Wireless Networking and Associated Services’ procurement framework has been put in place for all schools and educational institutions. A guide to using this multi-supplier framework is provided below, on how it can be used by schools and other educational institutions to procure fit-for-purpose wireless (ie., wifi) solutions. The framework was created to assist in specifying, selecting and purchasing suitable wireless solutions to meet their needs, and in doing so to achieve good value for money. The target audience includes school authorities, school principals, ETBs, and those involved in the planning, provision and support of wifi in schools. Following an open competitive RFT tender process, issued on etenders in Sept’ 2015, wireless solutions from 7 suppliers have been qualified onto the framework. Supplier details along with how to seek tender responses from these 7 suppliers are included in the guide. The document is downloadable from our website but is attached in this email.

In addition, for Post Primary schools involved in new build or refurbishment programmes a new ‘Guidance Document for the Provision of Wireless Network Installations in Post Primary Schools’ has been put in place in the last week. This document will assist schools and other parties in working with their school builders and architects, in helping to understand the new wifi-enabled building specification, and in how it has evolved to support mobile learning and wifi in schools.’ The document is downloadable from our website but is attached in this email.
The corresponding Guidance on Wifi enabled School Building Specification document for Primary Schools is currently being finalised and will be available within the coming weeks, and will be added here.