First wireless link in Boston

Work on the new The Boston Witham Academies Federation (BWAF) wireless network has begun. This will be the first wireless link we have in Boston.


Our Mission

This project aims to join as many of the BWAF academy schools together with wireless links. This is to minimise the use of external ISPs and maximize efficiency when dealing with network faults.Boston Link

This first link, from the Haven High academy campus to Park Academy primary school, is a proof of concept link for testing before the rest of the project is given the green light.

This makes use of wireless technology. Which means the schools link has been upgraded in a matter of hours from a single 10Mbps link, to a link with a capacity of 655mbps. As a result this will allow for servers in the school to be removed and managed at our central DC via a lease line to haven high.

These works move towards the vision of a single unified network for the BWAF. Allowing for pooled resources and central spending keeping costs down whilst maximising network access and speed.

Watch this space, and follow our progress!

Fairfield Primary Gate System

Last month we were approached to motorize Fairfield Primary Gate System, one of the schools on our support contract.


The Fairfield Primary Gate System would need to work both independently and as a pair depending on the command given.

This was a unique issue for a school as each school usually have separate pedestrian and Vehicle gates but Fairfields use the same set.


Unique Gate Access Solution

The system designed was a Paxton Net 2 and BFT combination.

FF Gate 3

The BFT gate controller.

The use of Paxton Net 2 allowed the school to join the George spencer Central access control server allowing full roaming of staff across all trust schools. To allow multiple access options we used Paxton net 2 entry panels mounted on custom made mounts, these panels allow multiple token types to be used as well as the use of the built in keypad for pin numbers and the use of SIP protocol to link to the schools existing VoIP network.

The BFT gate controller has been configured to fire different commands depending on the relay triggered by Paxton, this allows the use of one or both gates either separately or individually.

The gates have been fitted with break beam photocells and crush bars to eliminate any possible entrapment areas that could cause any harm or damage to pedestrians or vehicles.


Fairfield Primary Gate System

The Camera System that was put into place.

Centralized CCTV System

As well as the installation of gates, a camera system was installed to allow office staff to monitor access via the gate and give them a visual before allowing or denying access to the site.

AIT’s New Offsite Backup Facility

April sees the commissioning of AIT’s New Offsite Backup Facility.


Installation

AIT's New Offsite Backup Facility

One of our technicians at work, during the installation.

The facility in question was in a previous life a O2 telecoms site, after the handover from O2 to AIT in November works have been underway to install two 1Gbps capacity wireless links to our Main DC at George Spencer.

Each link is a Ubiquiti link using both the 24Ghz and 5Ghz band to give full redundancy and reliability.

 

 


Testing

After installing the first backup server in March (a 200tb storage array made up of 10tb drives), testing on the link capacity as well as the servers and writing capacity have now been complete and starting to hold live backup data of our servers.


Future

The next set of backup servers will be installed later this year after they have been decommissioned from our old facility and rebuilt with new 10tb drives.

This facility has a dedicated power supply and UPS on site as well as full air-conditioning and alarm systems all sealed behind a half tone door with a custom manufactured lock for extra protection.

AIT's New Offsite Backup Facility

Give’s a good morning view for our technicians.