Amsterdam Regional Community College Uses Cisco Service- Oriented Network Architecture (SONA) to Deliver Connected Learning
Cisco Voice, Mobility and Security Services Generate a Learning Foundation to Deliver Innovative Teaching and Learning Tools across 67 Locations
Online Educa, BERLIN, November 30, 2006 - Cisco® today announced that it has been chosen by the largest community college in the Netherlands, the Amsterdam Regional Community College (Regionaal Opleidingencentrum van Amsterdam or ROCvA), to provide voice, mobility and security services for delivering teacher tools and innovative 'connected learning' applications to 3,500 staff and 35,000 students across 67 locations. Wireless technology is being used to provide an electronic learning environment in two locations, including a major new building on Fraijlemaborg Street.
ROCvA was established as a foundation under Dutch law at the initiative of local and national government in 1997, following the merger of a number of schools and colleges in Amsterdam and the nearby townships of Amstelveen, Hoofddorp and Hilversum. One of the largest colleges in Europe, the community college focuses on vocational education and training for 12-to-18-year-old and adult students. Following its creation, the college engaged Cisco in 1999 to create a standardized, centralized network infrastructure across all its locations and is now building on this with voice, wireless and security platforms.
"We aim to roll out Cisco wireless and voice services across all the locations that we will be using for the next three to five years," said Hans Doffegnies, information technology director at ROCvA. "Our network infrastructure is already used widely by teachers to access workplace productivity tools and we are also hoping to increase the number of blended learning techniques currently on offer. We also want to gradually integrate connected real estate functions such as video surveillance, heating and cooling into the network."
ROCvA's locations are linked on a city-wide area network (WAN) providing a minimum throughput of 100 megabits per second between sites, with 1 gigabits per second between larger locations. The end-to-end Cisco Service-Orientated Network Architecture (SONA) comprises a core of Cisco Catalyst® 6500 Series switches, with two Internet access nodes, and Catalyst 6500 Series, 4500 Series or 3750 Series switches at each location, depending on the size of the building. The WAN uses ROCvA's own fiber and supports two data centers along with teacher access to a standard suite of workplace tools that includes Microsoft Office, PeopleSoft Enterprise HCM for Healthcare and PeopleSoft CRM for Higher Education. ROCvA is augmenting this existing infrastructure with a range of voice, mobility and security services based on Cisco PIX 500 Series security appliances, Cisco Unified CallManager Version 4.1 call processing software and Cisco Unity Unified Messaging, and a variety of Cisco 7900 Series Unified IP Phones. Finally, ROCvA has implemented parts of the Cisco Connected Real Estate solution to manage its building controls such as heating, lighting and video surveillance over the IP network.
"The Cisco Service Orientated Network Architecture allows ROCvA to run both their administrative and educational applications over the network and since everything is centralized on redundant data centers, deployment of services is very simple," said Harm-Jan Wijngaarden, education account manager, Cisco Netherlands. "The infrastructure will allow ROCvA to roll out IP telephony across all its sites, besides implementing other services such as educational IP-based video and video communication."
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