Air Canada: Wi-Fi Access in Maple Leaf Lounges
Many students in rural North Carolina had limited to no access to the Internet. This technology gap between urban and rural areas became a major problem for thousands of children amid the worst pandemic of our times.
Federal funding opened the door to providing these Internet “dead zones” with wireless connectivity in schools, libraries, and parks, allowing children to pursue their education in a safe and controlled environment.
The NC Student Connect Project was launched with a strict timeline to deliver, driving the supplier to plan, organize, and orchestrate efforts with their partner ecosystem to ensure on-time deployment and installation, all while respecting a limited budget.
Combining the best in-class wireless networks, cellular routers and Wi-Fi access points with project management and managed service provider allows for a robust Internet service. Despite COVID-19 restrictions, the technical aspect of North Carolina State’s Wi-Fi solution brought by Datavalet required more coordination and intricate scheduling of our network deployment.
Considering that COVID-19 impacted supply chain and limited the possibility of site surveys, delivering 417 locations in 2 months required flawless quarterbacking of up to 15 teams of technicians daily. Expert coordination was needed to mount equipment on buildings with precision to direct antennas at cell towers and ensure optimal Wi-Fi coverage.
Coordination deployment and installation on budget, and managing all services through network monitoring and end-user support.
Primary Internet access based on AT&T’s wireless network.
Access Points are used to transmit Wi-Fi signal covering the required areas around schools, libraries et parks.
Cellular routers connecting to the primary wireless network and a backup connection to a partner network for redundancy.
The successful coordination of this project resulted in a number of connected locations and an increased public connectivity. Despite COVID-19 restrictions, the all aspects of North Carolina State’s Wi-Fi solution brought by Datavalet required more coordination and intricate scheduling of our network deployment. We achieved a number of successful results: