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Hartlepool College Wireless Bridge - Case Study

Hartlepool College of Further Education, situated in the town centre and provides the post sixteen education and training needs of Hartlepool and the community. Currently the College has approximately 8,000 learners following full and part-time courses, studying for academic, vocational and work-based learning qualifications.

Hartlepool College is in the planning stages of re-developing the whole of its town centre site, with a proposed £62 million new build project which will provide an iconic campus that will transform the main site and gateway into Hartlepool town centre.

During the building of the new college the problem of connecting Offshore/Aerospace and the Construction annex to the main college network had to be solved.

PW Wireless Networks provided a range of wireless bridge solutions. The preferred option was the PAV laser solution which offers speed and service at the lowest cost. PAV Free Space Optics was the logical choice, other options proving expensive, some up to four times the cost. The PAV laser link demonstrates low capital and operational expenditure due to no licence being required. The 1Gb PAV system provides a secure, high bandwidth network at an affordable cost for years to come.

The installation of the wireless bridge onsite was complex. Locating a direct line of sight for the new PAV system was more challenging than first thought, with various architectural difficulties, including a soft weather proof lining on the roof top. The project required a unique solution from PW Wireless Networks for the mounting of the lasers.

Once the system was installed and fully tested by the PWWN engineers the system was up and running and securely connecting all buildings to the College network.

"The engineers at PW Wireless Networks, worked with the college to create the perfect solution to the problem, delivering high standards throughout. The wireless bridge solution exceeded all our expectations."
Gerald Nicholson, Hartlepool College

PW Wireless Networks provide a range of wireless solutions to meet the challenges faced by their customers. These include indoor WiFi networks for factories, hotels, hospitals, offices, schools, warehouses, and Mesh networks for outdoor coverage. We supply Location based services, for asset tracking via the wireless network, and we can provide a wireless access control management system (MDAC) to allow guests and employees to self connect to the wireless network under automatic user and device restrictions.

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