in the municipality of Rosendahl
The advancing digitalization and the digital age are progressing more and more. This progress does not stop at our “youngest” and can be found everywhere in everyday life. Even in primary schools, WiFi-enabled devices such as chrome books, iPads and laptops can be found in every classroom. Digital learning not only optimizes students’ performance and is of great importance for the modernization of curricula and the long-term success of teachers and schools, but also for preparing for digital life after school.
In 2019, the municipality of Rosendahl plans to equip the Antonius Primary School, Sebastian Primary School and the school campus of the Johann Conrad Schlaun School with a modern WiFi network in order to be able to leverage this optimisation potential. In order to be able to apply for the necessary funds in the budget, a concept planning including lighting calculation, cable routes, access point positions, equipment lists and system technology parking spaces was required. From this planning, a cost estimate for the implementation of the WiFi networks should be prepared for the application of the necessary budget funds. The particular challenge in the preparation of these plans was the lack of as-built plans for the individual school buildings.
With our planning know-how in the areas of IT, radio network and electrical planning, we inspected the existing buildings of the schools during an inspection, recorded relevant structural details and determined possible cable routes and locations for the accommodation of the technology. We have combined the individual as-built plans and the information from the on-site visit into a coherent building plan.
The newly created plans were then transferred by our radio network planners into a 3D model, necessary for the calculation of the radio illumination, in which all walls and doors with their construction and radio technical characteristics are contained. The access points and the system technology were then planned at the defined positions and virtually wired. With the finished planned network, a lighting calculation for the networks 2, 4 and 5 GhZ was created.
In addition, special areas such as the auditorium with an increased number of users were especially considered in terms of capacity and the number of necessary access points was determined.
After completion of the radio planning and calculations, the network was examined by our colleagues from STF Energy from the point of view of the TGA (Technical Building Equipment) and structural details such as fire protection, air-conditioning of the technical rooms and electrical planning were added.
The radio technical and structural concept planning then turned into an equipment list containing all technically and structurally necessary components. This enabled a cost estimate to be drawn up and the budget funds required for implementation to be applied for by the municipality of Rosendahl.
In this project, we were able to support the community in creating a sound WiFi network for the implementation of the “digital classroom” by providing holistic consulting services to determine a requirement profile for the future network, and by preparing a concept plan consisting of the trades of radio illumination, capacity analysis and TGA. We attached great importance to the later feasibility and sustainability of the concept.
Another major advantage for the municipality was that it received the complete services from a single source and the STF was able to combine the individual trades. This not only generated technical and processing synergies within the STF Group, but also economic and monetary advantages for the customer.
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