RCN has exclusively built this special connectivity kit for helping school systems proactively provide mobile, secure, and reliable Wi-Fi internet access to the homes of students throughout their districts by using existing bus fleets.
This kit is designed to be all-in-one and doesn’t require additional hardware to be operational. We’ve put together this crisis solution kit for school systems to make procuring and getting up to speed as simple and quick as possible.
Having reliable, consistent network connectivity is considered essential for any school district. What districts may not consider, however, is the importance of having that connectivity extend to all the locations students may visit on an average day. Whether students are traveling via school bus for a sports competition or are lacking Internet access once they return home, school buses can keep students and their families connected to the educational tools that matter most.
For many school districts, equipping school buses with WiFi is shifting from luxury to necessity. As students, teachers, and families increasingly rely on the Internet and cloud-based tools as part of the educational experience, bus connectivity can become an essential part of a district’s network infrastructure in several key ways.
Features & Benefits
- Mobile 4G LTE Connection
- Two Wi-Fi Radios
- Estimated 100Mbps download speed; 20-25Mbps upload speed
- Up to 500 feet of expected Wi-Fi Broadcast Range
- 128 Simultaneous Users Supported
- Configure, manage, troubleshoot remotely with NetCloud Manager software
- CIPA-Compliant Cloud-managed security and content filtering
- In-Bus Solution Converts Vehicle into Rolling Hotspot
- Secure Connectivity for Network Access
Case Study: Cradlepoint Delivers Connectivity to Students & Families in Need
In 2013, 5 million U.S. households with school-aged children did not have access to the Internet at home. The lowest-income households also have the lowest numbers of broadband subscription rates; 31.4% of households that earn less than $50,000 annually (with children between 6 and 17) do not have a high-speed home Internet connection.
For these students and families, the lack of Internet access is more than just an inconvenience. As schools increasingly require cloud-based resources and the use of the Internet for homework assignments, inability to connect at home can put students at a serious disadvantage. Students cannot do homework-related research; turn in assignments; or use use academic tools such as online tutorials. Also, parents can’t connect to tools that allow them to communicate with teachers and track their students’ academic progress.
As the second poorest school district in the nation, the Coachella Valley Unified School District faced significant connectivity challenges once its 20,000 students returned home each night. Its “WiFi on Wheels” program transformed its 100 school buses into solar-powered, Internet-broadcasting vehicles that, when parked strategically each night, cover the district’s 1,250 square miles. Students, parents, teachers, and administrators all remain connected even after the school doors lock for the evening, allowing the educational experience and learning to extend far past school walls.
Enabling connected buses does come with some challenges, however. Districts need to ensure that security and reliability are not compromised as connectivity is expanded. Additionally, while districts may provide connectivity to students in their homes via buses, some families may still not have access to devices (such as tablets and computers) that can connect.
With the right systems, however, districts can ensure that students, families, teachers, and administrators can use bus connectivity as a critical component of their work.
Connectivity For Off-Campus Travel
Students spend considerable time on school buses for a wide range of school-related activities, including such as athletic events, field trips, college visits, and academic competitions — in addition to the traditional experience of taking the bus to and from school every day. Having WiFi available on the bus complements students’ experiences during these excursions. Students are able to watch educational videos about a field trip location as they are en route, or they can do research for homework assignments while traveling to a sports game.
Coquille School District in Coquille, Oregon, for example, began equipping buses with Internet connectivity at the request of a teacher who had a student miss an important deadline because of an inability to connect while traveling. Students now are able to access study resources, take practice exams, do research, watch curriculum-related videos, participate in online classes, and even apply to college while on the road.
Reducing Behavioral Issues on School Buses
One unexpected benefit of school bus connectivity is a reduction in behavioral problems when students are traveling from place to place. Reducing disciplinary issues on buses can free up teachers, administrators and coaches to spend more time proactively focusing on academic and trip-related goals instead of reactively dealing with student conflict.
In Vail, Arizona, student disciplinary concerns “virtually disappeared” once Internet access was provided. And in Huntsville, Alabama, Huntsville City Schools noticed “a 70% decrease in discipline reports on buses that have WiFi.”
What’s In the Kit?
- Cradlepoint COR IBR900 ruggedized Gigabit-Class LTE router with Wi-Fi (with 3-year NetCloud Manager Mobile Essentials software license)
- 3-year Cradlepoint NetCloud Mobile Advanced upgrade (includes CIPA filtering)
- AG60 5-Lead Cradlepoint 2XLTE 2XWIFI GPS-BB Antenna
If you have tax-exempt status, want to order kits in volume, or have questions about ordering this kit, please call us at (865) 293-0350.
Who is RCN Technologies?
We can help with immediate networking and technology needs for organizations whose operations have been impacted by COVID-19. We’re the experts in LTE connectivity one of the few companies recognized by Cradlepoint as a National Elite Partner. We’re the best at what we do and we want to help. We’ve got extensive public sector experience and have helped organizations from King County, WA to Knox County, TN. We have also reallocated company resources to provide more dedicated sales and support staff for vital public organizations in healthcare, education, and public safety during this crisis. We’ve put together crisis solution kits for common applications for these vital organizations to make procuring and getting up to speed as simple and quick as possible.
Why You Should Buy from RCN
We are a team of creative, technical and intellectual minds that focus on simplifying even the most complex telecom and technical challenges for our partners. Our team has over 35 years of wireless connectivity experience and can provide end-to-end white-glove service and support for our customers.
America’s Business Technology Ally™
At the heart of RCN Technologies is our philosophy to serve as an ally that provides the best technology solutions for today and tomorrow. Our technology ally team cares about equipping businesses with modern solutions that work to help people communicate and connect better.
Our customers know they can #ExpectMore from their business technology ally.
Delivering A Better Experience
RCN was founded in 2013 with a focused mission: Make sense of communications for commercial, public sector, and non-profit organizations. Since then, we’ve grown to become a full-service connectivity solutions provider with a team of experts helping customers stay connected from coast to coast. You can #ExpectMore when working with RCN.
We partner with multiple industry leaders to provide customers with the best connectivity technology solutions, including:
- Managed Services
- Failover (Backup Internet)
- Hardware & Support
- Internet of Things (IoT)
Resources & Support
- IBR900 Spec Sheet
- IBR900 Product Brief
- Product Comparison Chart – COR Series
- NetCloud Mobile Service Plan Features
- Mobile Network Solutions Brochure
- Antenna Ordering and Installation Guide
- Cradlepoint GPIO App Note