Central Dauphin Chooses SafeConnect

Central Dauphin School District Chooses SafeConnect to Implement 1-to-1 Computing Initiative with Wireless Network for K-12 Students

SafeConnect Empowers Students to Bring their Own Devices (BOYD) to School and Empowers IT with Increased Visibility and Centralized Management

TAMPA, FL – September 4, 2012 –Impulse Point, provider of the industry’s most scalable and easiest to deploy and maintain BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) solution, announces that Central Pennsylvania’s Central Dauphin School District has selected SafeConnect™ to manage and secure its recently implemented wireless network and help meet the District’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative.

Central Dauphin School District (CDSD) has chosen SafeConnect to manage its wireless network and extend it to students and faculty, allowing access to a variety of learning resources such as Moodle and Scholarport. SafeConnect, widely implemented by both leading colleges and K-12 school districts to meet 1-to-1 computing initiatives, identifies and authenticates mobile devices and provides a mechanism to assess and enforce network security policies in real time.

“We looked at other vendors, but SafeConnect became the clear choice based on its ease of implementation and management and on our budget,” said Matthew P. Sinopoli, director of technology services. “The easiest part of this whole process was setting up the technology. Because SafeConnect is so flexible, we can bring on new mobile and wireless devices with just a few commands to the router. Those are the big things that stood out to us.”

Pennsylvania is in a statewide movement toward digitizing the learning environment and reducing the economic and environmental impact of paper text books and is driving districts like CDSD toward implementing a 1-to-1 computing environment where every student has access to a computer. While the district provides some students with laptops, limited resources make providing district-owned computers to every student challenging. With SafeConnect, CDSD is able to allow students and staff to bring their own mobile devices to use safely and securely on District-owned networks.

Intuitive User Experience and Centralized Management

CDSD wanted to provide an intuitive user experience that allowed students and faculty to get on-line easily, requiring little to no intervention from the IT staff. SafeConnect’s easy-to-install process made user-driven implementation quick and simple. CDSD also wanted centralized management and control of the network to ensure that students were using the network resources for educational purposes only.

“While we don’t control the student’s device, we want to make sure they aren’t using District resources to access social media sites, communicate during tests, or access the District’s internal networks,” said Sinopoli. “With SafeConnect, I’m able to maintain centralized control and easily set up rules that limit gaming, peer to peer, and streaming media.”

By the end of the school year, CDSD had on-boarded students and faculty in its two high schools, with a plan to implement the middle and elementary schools in the future. Because SafeConnect’s technology is not dependent on any particular network switch or software vendor it was easily integrated into CDSD’s Cisco-based network architecture without requiring costly upgrades or time-consuming switch manipulation.

About The Central Dauphin School District

Central Dauphin School District is a dynamic, suburban community of 85,000 residents with a population of approximately 10,000 plus students. It is located northeast of the city of Harrisburg within the County of Dauphin in south central Pennsylvania. The school district is the 15th largest school district in the Commonwealth and is the largest of the 10 school districts located in the county. Encompassing an area of 118.2 square miles, the district is comprised of three boroughs (Dauphin, Paxtang and Penbrook) and four townships (Lower Paxton, Middle Paxton, Swatara and West Hanover). Central Dauphin School District strives to provide “quality to the core” educational opportunities to ensure that all students achieve success.

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