Gold Coast School at the Forefront of Education and Technology Innovation

Published 13 Aug 2018

Somerset College, located on Queensland, Australia’s Gold Coast, is a co-educational, independent, inter-denominational school catering for student s from Pre-Prep to Year 12. With a large and diverse student population of approximately 1500, together with the introduction of a BYOD program, Somerset College needed to provide a network with exceptional performance, security and privacy measures that could support the different access needs of students, staff and guest users. Flexibility was also a factor for an ever-evolving network; as well as robust wireless access to network resources across a geographically-distributed local area network (LAN). The College campus supports a hyper converged data centre across two sites, and has deployed a range of IoT and IP-connected devices, including CCTV, IP telephony, door access control, bell system and a PA and emergency notification system with horn speakers. The additional demands being placed on the environment from users and connected technologies required a greater level of control, visibility and responsiveness for the College’s IT team than the existing wired and wireless network could provide. They ultimately chose Extreme Networks to replace their outdated network infrastructure.

Technology Needs

  • High-performance, reliable, responsive network
  • Automated BYOD access and security policy compliance
  • Reporting and analytics on network performance


  • Network performance, reliability, and scalability meeting school and user needs
  • Centralised management, visibility and control of all network aspects
  • Data analytics providing insight for reactive response and proactive planning

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