Institute Nicolas Barre – Two objectives, one solution

Posted on March 25, 2019 at 12:38 AM by

Institute Nicolas Barre ‑ Two objectives, one solution

This institution merged with another (Institut Nicolas Barre) and thus doubled its number of students. The school has undergone many extensions and had several million Euros investment.

Institute Nicolas Barre ‑ Two objectives, one solution

This institution merged with another (Institut Nicolas Barre) and thus doubled its number of students. The school has undergone many extensions and had several million Euros investment.

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Executive Summary

  • Customer Institut Nicolas Barre
  • Industry Education
  • Location France
  • Challenge Security
  • Project Revenue $ XXX
  • Solution DXV-2005F, DPH-150SE and DGS-1210 series.
  • Results Decrease in anti social activity and increase in peace of mind.

This institution merged with another (Institut Nicolas Barre) and thus doubled its number of students. The school has undergone many extensions and had several million Euros investment.

Challenge

The Institute had grown significantly in size and numbers and has two needs, it required some professional surveillance equipment for students to use in their training towards the CAP security officer qualification, and it needed to improve security inside and outside the high school buildings due to a number of incidents, including thefts from the building.

Solution

D-Link worked with ISYNUX (now esi4u) to install an integrated surveillance system that provides high security for the school and hands on surveillance training for students. Security students are now using the system for their training and the number of incidents reported has fallen considerably.

Result

Surveillance systems provide a twofold purpose as well capturing evidence, the visible presence of security cameras act as a highly effective deterrent to any sort of criminal activity. This case introduced a third purpose – the use of a real-life D-Link surveillance system for training students in security.

High‑Speed Campus Wi‑Fi at School

Posted on March 24, 2019 at 8:06 PM by

High‑Speed Campus Wi‑Fi at School

Gottlieb‑Daimler‑School implements campus Wi‑Fi

High‑Speed Campus Wi‑Fi at School

Gottlieb‑Daimler‑School implements campus Wi‑Fi

Background

The more than 2000 pupils attending Gottlieb-Daimler-School 1 (GDS1) in Sindelfingen could hardly believe it: just before autumn half-term, the school started up its own Wi-Fi system, which they can access for educational purposes using any personal computing device.

The school has set up age-appropriate content filters, of course, but no bandwidth restrictions are in place. The new wireless system opens up a variety of new options for teachers in terms of lesson design.

Conetis GmbH realised the entire network using D-Link components, in close cooperation with Dirk Riebesell, GDS1‘s head of IT.

Diverse educational possibilities

Gottlieb-Daimler-School 1 offers a wide range of subjects and educational courses. The school brings a total of ten different course tracks together under one roof.

For Headmaster Holger Esch and the rest of the faculty, a pleasant working atmosphere and future-oriented education are top priorities, which is one reason why school authorities are particularly intrigued by efforts in Baden-Wuerttemberg to encourage the use of tablets in vocational secondary schools, and particularly in dual-track programs at professional schools. Of course, intensive tablet usage in the classroom (32 tablets per class) can place serious demands on the school‘s wireless and network infrastructure.

The district is supporting the school in its goals, and has greenlighted its plans to re-cable the building and build a future-oriented campus network. Dirk Reibesell, the project manager in charge, sees this as a truly trend-setting decision: “In cabling projects like these, the biggest challenge is adhering to fire safety codes. As long as the firewalls are being opened up anyway, it‘s most efficient to go ahead and scale the network generously.“

Future-oriented planning

As a result, “Project Update Phone System“ turned into a complex networking project that required extensive, precise planning to ensure that the school would be equipped for future requirements as well.

They wanted to avoid cutting corners in terms of either quality or quantity, although keeping the budget in mind was obviously important as well. A needs analysis concluded that the following items were particularly important:

  • Per classroom: 4 network connections (one for the access point, one for the projector, and two for computers)
  • Cat. 7 copper cabling; building distributor connected to data centre using 10 Gbit/s fibre-optic lines, 2 uplinks per stack
  • One distributor per building, with components connected radially
  • Existing lines left in place for migration purposes
  • Est. 40 access points using AC-Standard – specifics to follow after an illumination test
  • Central network switches in each individual building
  • Full redundancy in backbone area (incl. uplink)
  • Redundant electricity hookups incl. UPS for PoE switches for services like VoIP/Wi-Fi

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Bringing speed and reliability to the bedside

Posted on March 24, 2019 at 7:48 PM by

Bringing speed and reliability to the bedside

An N‑standard wireless network is now available to medical staff anywhere in the hospital.

Bringing speed and reliability to the bedside

An N‑standard wireless network is now available to medical staff anywhere in the hospital.

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Executive summary

  • Customer University Hospital Zielona Gora
  • Industry Healthcare
  • Location Warsaw, Poland
  • Challenge Needed to rebuild hospital’s entire IT infrastructure
  • Solution New network allows staff to share medical documents and access records easily
  • Results Enabled the implementation of WiFi trolleys
  • Project revenue

Introduction

The University Hospital in Zielona Góra, Poland, is a 12 hectare complex with close ties to the local university and its Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Challenge

For the provision of medical training, as well as the treatment of patients, the hospital contracted Serwkom to upgrade its network. Serwkom specified more than 100 items of D-Link hardware.

Solution

An N-standard wireless network is now available to medical staff anywhere in the hospital, enabling them to access information about patients’ medical history and medical research at the bedside. The network is also used by patients, both in the wards and in the outpatient clinic, and can connect to the Internet.

Result

It is now planned to open another building in the complex, which will be connected with the extension of a wired and wireless network.

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Historical building meets state‑of‑the‑art network technology

Posted on March 24, 2019 at 11:30 AM by

Historical building meets state‑of‑the‑art network technology

Hotel Oderberger take a great deal of pride in its high‑performance IT infrastructure.

Historical building meets state‑of‑the‑art network technology

Hotel Oderberger take a great deal of pride in its high‑performance IT infrastructure.

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Until recently, the historic swimming pool has been a hidden gem, located in the midst of the trendy Prenzlauer Berg district. The extensive restoration of the listed neo-renaissance building began in 2012. The attention to detail in the restoration has created a charming hotel with state-of-the-art technology: Hotel Oderberger opened in May 2016 with 65 rooms, five tower suites, two apartments and ten seminar rooms.

In all the historical areas, the planners ensured a flexible and future-proof IT infrastructure. ITS Information Technology Services Limited designed and installed a high-performance backbone with 1,200 ports. Comprehensive areas of the building technology, the locking system, the video surveillance system, along with hotel, guest and event Wi-fi, all operate over the network. This system is distinguished by the fact that through the wide range of components in the entire system – from the backbone switch to the video surveillance camera – is equipped with end-to-end D-Link technology.

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“As a languages school with a seminar centre and hotel, we place high demands on a perfectly functioning IT system. The company ITS has installed a D-Link network solution to create a future-proof and scalable infrastructure both on the previous campus and also in the Oderberger public pool. A high-performance Wi-Fi network is available in all areas for our hotel and event guests. The flexible LAN operates fast and reliably, and thanks to the low installation and maintenance efforts of the D-Link products, our costs have also been kept to a minimum.” – Barbara Jaeschke, co-owner of Hotel Oderberger 

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Partner with experience

Equipping a hotel of this size with the complete technology solution requires both time and in-depth experience, which is precisely what ITS Information Technology Services have to offer. The system integrator has very successfully supported the GLS Campus, well-known beyond Berlin, with its own hotel, more than 66 seminar rooms of different sizes and a restaurant. When the GLS Languages Centre purchased the historic Public Bath which was adjacent to its own campus, it quickly became clear that the technical planning of the new hotel would also be assigned to the system integrator.

Comprehensive applications

As a long-term partner of D-Link, Oliver Warnke and his team started by defining a usage concept with the owner which specified the applications to be covered by the IT-infrastructure of the future Hotel Oderberger and its events area:

  • Office operations: All administrative tasks
  • Telephony: VoIP both for guests and administration
  • Internet access: Internal Wi-Fi for hotel and conference guests
  • Video surveillance: public areas, emergency exit routes and the external area
  • Building technology: the locking system (room access via cards), the lifting platform in the swimming pool, window sensors and motion detectors
  • Event technology: central control of light and sound via tablets or laptops from reception or individually in the individual rooms
  • Restaurant area: ordering and payment systems

All the applications in the hotel require a reliable, stable network with a future-proof capacity. Due to its positive experiences the GLS Languages Centre took the decision to commission ITS with the roll-out of the huge project – including the construction management of all external outsourcing.

Network Architecture

As a first phase the system house jointly developed the main structure of the network with D-Link. The central component of the backbone is a stack consisting of three D-Link DXS-3600-32S/SI switches from the 10 Gigabit switch range. Twenty DGS-1510-28P D-Link distribution switches are then connected in a star topology. Both the individual components of the stack and the associated switches were wired together with fibre optic cables. All other end-devices are connected from the three central network rooms with copper wiring. The switches have a total of over 1100 ports. Half of these ports are in permanent use with the other half made available for events.

Wi-Fi for all

One challenge that had to be planned in detail was the Wi-Fi coverage throughout the historic building. Several constraints had to be considered here.

  • Maximum 30 clients per access point
  • Wi-Fi usage also with older devices
  • Seamless roaming between Wi-Fi access points
  • Possibility for bandwidth intensive applications

Together with the D-Link experts, the ITS team also came up with an optimum solution here: 200 D-Link Dual-Band Ceiling Access Points (DWL-6600AP) were installed throughout the building complex. These are controlled centrally via two redundant DWC-2000 wireless controllers. The controller can manage up to 64 D-Link Unified Wireless Access Points directly. With optional upgrade licences up to 256 access points per controller and up to 1024 access points in a controller peer group can be supported.

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On the safe side

In order to further increase security in the very extensive building complex of the Hotel Oderberger, ITS also installed in transit areas and to monitor emergency exits and escape routes, 25 compact surveillance cameras with full HD and power-over-Ethernet functionality (DCS-2210) and ten D-Link DCS-7110 outdoor HD cameras in the external area. All images are monitored centrally so that any danger points can be identified immediately.

A one-stop shop

Throughout the project the huge benefits of central planning and implementation became clear. The cooperation between the different suppliers was managed by ITS and the approval process was performed by the ITS project team through, of which valuable time was saved. Barbara Jaeschke –co-owner of the hotel together with her husband Dr. Hans-Dieter Jaeschke, who is also the head of the languages school is convinced: “As a languages school with a seminar centre and hotel, we place high demands on a perfectly functioning IT system. The company ITS installed D-Link network solution to create a future-proof and scalable infrastructure both on the previous campus and also in the Oderberger public pool. A high-performance Wi-Fi network is available in all areas for our hotel and event guests. The flexible LAN operates fast and reliably, and thanks to the low installation and maintenance efforts of the D-Link products, our costs have also been kept to a minimum.”

Dagmar Ecker – Industrial Engineering Graduate (University of Applied Science)

Designed and implemented by ITS, Information Technology Services

Indoor pool or building: The Oderberger Public Bath was opened in 1902. It was closed in 1986 but thanks to a citizens’ initiative, the former building structure was preserved. The building is now gleaming again and even the historic indoor pool can be used once again for swimming.

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Direct from your hotel room to your private cinema lounge

Posted on March 24, 2019 at 9:53 AM by

Direct from your hotel room to your private cinema lounge

Cinema 8 offers an exceptional high‑tech world of entertainment

Direct from your hotel room to your private cinema lounge

Cinema 8 offers an exceptional high‑tech world of entertainment

Behind your hotel bed, you look deep into the eyes of Captain Jack Sparrow, while on the other side a discreet door leads directly to the private lounge of a cinema – whether you are a real film buff or just enjoy a good movie, Cinema 8 makes dreams come true. This entertainment complex in Schöftland in the Aargau region of Switzerland combines the luxury of a comfortable hotel with state-of-the-art cinema technology, a variety of restaurants and diverse leisure activities under one roof.

A reliable and stable network ensures perfect interaction between all components and offers Wi-Fi Internet access for up to 2,500 guests at peak times. The whole network was planned and realised by experts from Netree AG with high-performance D-Link equipment.

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A creative and successful concept

A cinema, a hefty dose of enthusiasm and lots of creative ideas formed the basis for one of Switzerland’s most innovative cinema complexes. Cinema 8 AG, founded in 1998 as a private initiative, initially operated as a cinema and bar. Building work on a complete entertainment centre started in 2012. As well as five cinemas with 3D sound experience, an open air cinema on the roof and a 7D cinema, guests can enjoy a huge restaurant area with imaginatively designed bars, various themed restaurants and the centre’s own brewery.

If you’re looking for something more active, you can rent one of the eight bowling alleys, but the real icing on the cake is a stay in the integrated Cinema 8 theme hotel. Since the complex was opened in November 2014, expectations have been exceeded every quarter, thanks in no small measure to the creative ideas of the Cinema 8 team and the high quality of service.

“We were hugely fortunate that Netree was so flexible and able to supply us with comprehensive network architecture and premium equipment at such short notice. The D-Link products impressed us from the outset.”

 

– Rolf Häfeli, Managing Director of Cinema 8 AG

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The importance of the network

The planning team had put in a lot of work in the run-up to the opening in 2014. Many hurdles had to be overcome and quick decisions made. While the fabric of the building was under construction, it became apparent that the network infrastructure had not been sufficiently taken into account.

An expert service provider and high-quality network technology which could meet the requirements needed to be found rapidly. Looking back, Rolf Häfeli, Managing Director of Cinema 8 AG, says: “We were hugely fortunate that Netree was so flexible and able to supply us with comprehensive network architecture and premium components at such short notice. The D-Link products impressed us from the outset.”

The network infrastructure is a crucial aspect of the Cinema 8 concept, because very little would function without it, including in the restaurant and event area.

Orders are taken at the table directly via tablet by the guests or by the staff and sent straight to the bar. Cashless payment with mobile credit card readers is being used increasingly and this requires special software solutions for planning and control.

The same applies in the cinema area of Cinema 8, which is equipped with the latest projection technology, and for the associated hotel operation.

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Netree planned and segmented the network into four key categories:

1. A standardised internal network for telephony, advertising and information systems (digital signage), restaurant and cinema operation

2. Wi-Fi for pay desks and payment terminals

3. Wi-Fi for cinema visitors and guests in the restaurant area

4. Wi-Fi for hotel guests

D-Link components are used throughout the network. A total of eleven stackable, managed DGS-3120 Layer 2 switches are distributed across various server rooms. They each have 48 ports with Power-over-Ethernet functionality and four combo 1000Base-T/ SFP-Ports. Connected to these, with optical fibres, are three DWC-1000 Wireless Controllers. These function as the central Wi-Fi management systems for the three different task areas: pay desks and payment terminals, event locations and hotel guests. Users access the respective Wi-Fi networks via nearly 40 Dual-Band Access Points installed throughout the whole complex. Due to the solid walls in certain parts of the building, Netree installed a comparatively large number of Access Points to achieve full coverage. A range of security functions ensure continuous availability of the Wi-Fi network and protect it from unauthorised access.

Practical, virtual, secure

Transforming itself from a one-man business to such a large operation was a big challenge for Cinema 8. For this reason in particular, it was important for the management team to have an expert partner by their side that could provide a complete service. The service provider’s tasks ranged from setting up virtual servers and virtual LANs to initialising and prioritising the Wi-Fi networks.

The entertainment complex was designed to look like an airport, and the whole operation needed to function with the same high efficiency. The D-Link equipment has stood the test time since they were installed. The earlier network for the card terminals, which was initially maintained as a backup,
has now also been removed. Rolf Häfeli is impressed: “We can really count on Netree as our service provider and on the D-Link equipment. They will continue to support us with our planned expansion of Cinema 8.”

Dagmar Ecker Industrial Engineering Graduate (University of Applied Science)

Designed and realised by Netree AG, Däniken, Switzerland

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Delivering secure network integration

Posted on March 20, 2019 at 3:17 PM by

Delivering secure network integration

Thanks to the infrastructure Fastweb constructed using D‑Link DES‑3200 switches, all Poste Italiane services are now integrated, both at post office level and at a global network level

Delivering secure network integration

Thanks to the infrastructure Fastweb constructed using D‑Link DES‑3200 switches, all Poste Italiane services are now integrated, both at post office level and at a global network level.

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Executive summary

  • CustomerPoste Italiane
  • Industry Communication
  • Location Italy
  • Challenge To build a system connecting all the 12,000 post offices. Solution Able to remotely check the status of the VLT’s
  • Results Poste Italiane services are now integrated, both at office level and global network level
  • Project revenue

Introduction

Poste Italiane is the national post and deliveryservice in Italy, numbering more than 12,000 post offices.

 

Challenge

In order to bring the service into the digital age, Fastweb was contracted to build a system connecting all the post offices to the central network.

 

Solution

Thanks to the infrastructure Fastweb constructed using D-Link DES-3200 switches, all Poste Italiane services are now integrated, both at post office level and at a global network level.

 

Result

For a nationwide organisation like Poste Italiane, entrusted with a lot of personal information, security is paramount. This is aided by the facility to keep user groups and permissions organised and tidy. D-Link’s hardware is designed with these priorities in mind and so was ideal for this large-scale project.

List of products:
More than 3.500 DES-3200 across different Post offices in Italy

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