Safer Internet Day 2014: Let’s create a better internet together

On the 11th February 2014, the eleventh annual Safer Internet Day will take place with the theme ‘Let’s create a better internet together’. Celebrated globally in over a hundred countries, Safer Internet Day aims to inspire the safe, responsible and creative use of technology. This year’s theme covers the responsibility that everyone has in making the internet a safer and better place. For young people, Safer Internet Day is a chance to celebrate being kind and creative online, while educators, parents and carers can help to empower young people to embrace the positive by equipping them with the digital literacy skills they require for today’s world. Industry should work in partnership with others to create and promote a positive online environment for young people. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day brings together hundreds of organisations from across the UK in promoting the safe use of technology. ABCOM we will be available to any local schools or organizations or groups needing and professional advice about securing their IT network including firewalls. All consultancy for this day are free of charge. Simply email support@abcom.co.uk with the subject “safer internet day” and we will respond. More information here:...

Connected Learning Through Better RUCKUS WIFI

We promote connected learning through better Wi-Fi for our schools. Schools and school districts face increasing challenges to provide higher-speed, more reliable Wi-Fi to students, teachers and staff. New mandates such as digital textbooks and 1:1 initiatives require entire classes to concurrently get online to view material, collaborate on projects and present their work. Schools need strong security, full coverage, and consistent connections even when entire classes start sending videos at the same time. But for most educational institutions, tighter budgets and limited IT staffs make the transition impossible. Fortunately, Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi provides the technology that gives schools a cost-effective wireless infrastructure that’s in a class by itself. With Ruckus, educational institutions gain: • Consistent, reliable connectivity no other Wi-Fi system can touch • Up to four times the coverage and higher performance using fewer APs • The lowest cost of ownership, including easier installation and Zero Touch IT • Support for standard 802.1x, WPA (PSK) and WPA-2 (AES) security, plus automatic wireless setting and encryption key security • Comprehensive on boarding and security management solutions that ensure hassle free, safe connectivity with distinct privileges for students, teachers, staff and other groups. Ruckus ZoneFlex access points (APs) feature BeamFlex, a high-gain, directional Smart antenna array that monitors the environment and dynamically adjusts the signal to the best performing path, automatically steering around interference and obstacles. This ensures the strongest signal, highest throughput and least interference so that classes are focused on learning instead of waiting for a connection. With ZoneFlex, WLAN configuration can be performed in minutes through an on-screen Wizard. Deploying APs is radically streamlined as well....