Moravian College Enhances Access with Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

Bethlehem, PA, June 11, 2014 – The Enterprise division of Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has today announced the deployment of advanced networking technology at Moravian College, the 6th oldest educational institution in the United States, creating a new learning environment to serve the digital technology needs and expectations of today’s students.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has provided its Unified Access network technology to provide students and faculty staff with secure ‘anytime, anywhere’ access across the entire campus. The network enables all data, video and multimedia traffic – important elements for today’s higher education environment - to make use of a single secure network, and be accessed by any device without overloading IT with network management and support needs. The network capacity meets the needs of the college today and is prepared to support future expansion.

Founded in 1742, the private, co-educational Moravian College is America’s sixth-oldest college and the first to enroll women. Always a leading provider of opportunity, Moravian has recognized the importance technology plays in the lives of students, creating a stimulating education environment and an even playing field for students’ future opportunities through an innovative approach to both corporate and consumer technologies.

This vision led the college to launch an initiative, built on an all-Apple® device strategy, to provide each student with Apple laptops and tablets, along with a new network that supports connectivity everywhere on campus for students. The new initiative encourages a more collaborative, knowledge sharing environment designed for tailored and interactive learning.

With technology availability playing an important part in students’ choice of schools¹, Moravian College conducted a survey of students last year and found that many were unhappy with the performance of the institution’s existing network. The survey also revealed that existing network connections at Moravian were less than satisfactory, with connectivity dropping as students moved from one place to another location due to lack of coverage and capacity.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise and  channel partner Advance 2000 worked to design an integrated wired and wireless network. The result was a Unified Access environment tailored for the Moravian College campus that addresses this problem, simplifies the operations via automation and improved network management, and overall provides a better user experience.

Quotes

Scott Hughes, Chief Information Officer, Moravian College: “Our vision was to assure each student would have modern technology to enhance their learning and living experience here. When we committed to issuing multiple devices to our students, we realized they would also be bringing more from home. Students have high expectations of what wired and wireless networks should provide to support their research for classes and their social interactions. We needed a network that could effectively handle the academic load that would be placed on it and easily support the social and entertainment load the students would generate.

"Working with Advance 2000 and Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, we’ve designed a network that can handle that level of use and deliver a high quality experience anywhere on campus. With this new network, Moravian College can achieve its vision for a new education environment in which everyone has the same tools and same access experience regardless of where they are on campus or which network they are using. The classroom walls are totally removed with the availability of a full blown modern wireless network. And teaching, learning and collaboration can happen anywhere on campus, anytime it’s appropriate.”

Additional information

Moravian Chief Information Officer, Scott Hughes shared the school’s success in a free webinar with Information Week titled “How to move Unified Access to the Front of the Class” on June 19, 2014. Register to learn more about Moravian College.