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A WLAN network for SALIS

SKIDATA is an international technology company with employees from around the world. SKIDATA supports Salzburg's only public International School (SALIS) helping students achieve a successful career in a globalized world.

SKIDATA has a presence in over 100 countries with 28 subsidiaries and numerous partners. This success is founded on teams that are international and professional because we value intercultural exchange and openness in the world. SKIDATA’s corporate values are also central to SALIS, the only public International School in Salzburg that enables its pupils to complete two graduating-qualifications in an international learning atmosphere: the Austrian Matura and an international diploma. SKIDATA supports the school’s concept by committing to supporting a SALIS students IT project. Guided by SKIDATA employees, students install mobile access to the school network. A commitment born of SKIDATA’s awareness that it’s not enough to simply promote the best development opportunities for its own employees but also for the next generation.

The project requires total involvement. The students climb ladders, drill holes, and lay cables – all following a plan they developed together with Wolfgang. Wolfgang is an IT professional who knows how to install networks, making sure that the networks, via cable or radio, function perfectly in all 28 SKIDATA offices worldwide. That's his job. But this project is special because Wolfgang’s knowledge of IT infrastructures isn’t in support of his colleagues, but high school students. Wolfgang is assisted by SKIDATA’s trainee Florian, together they are responsible for setting up a new WLAN network in the Salzburg International School at the Bundesgymnasium Zaunergasse, which makes the existing network mobile accessible and simultaneously transfers knowledge to the next generation.

It’s SKIDATA’s commitment to, not only their employees but also to the next generation, which is why SKIDATA was delighted to receive the school’s request to implement a technical project with students of the Salzburg International School, just ten kilometres away. Setting up a new WLAN network, SKIDATA brings in the experienced and skilled workers, and their business partner, NTS, supplies the hardware, benefiting the students twice over: first, with knowledge that combines theory and practice and secondarily with new WLAN equipment. "It's a fantastic way to involve the students in a hands-on project that lets them help with everything from planning, construction and setup," says Wolfgang, who supervised the SALIS project for SKIDATA as an IT Professional who is a pro at knowledge transfer.

Practical IT Instruction

Not just the SALIS students participated, apprentice Florian was also involved in the project. The 16-year-old is currently completing his training with SKIDATA. Wolfgang observes, "It’s a great opportunity for him to put his newly acquired knowledge into practice, and he can enjoy working on a project with his peers."

A good dozen SALIS pupils participated in the project, using their spare time and taking IT lessons. "This gave us plenty of time and allowing us to move forward quickly," reports Wolfgang. "Because it's always more work than you initially anticipated. The assembly took a lot of time." But, the students do more than drilling, laying, and fastening. "It was important to me not to simply use the students as labourers,"

Wolfgang explains. "Which is why we actively involved them in all phases of the project.

A Challange for planners

”Phase one was planning the network. "In this phase, the students learned how to use the software and also some theory," says Wolfgang. Among other things, the objective was to evaluate the locations and the necessary capacities in order to determine how to achieve good network coverage in all classrooms. The structural conditions of the very long layout of the school proved to be a big challenge, but a solvable one.

In phase two, the team carried out the installation of the access points specifically emphasising craftsmanship. Finally, in phase three, the students helped set up the network. "The building and delegating was also great practice for Florian, our apprentice," reflects Wolfgang.

The IT professional was happy to take the time for the project to achieve an end result he could be proud of. "I enjoy passing on my knowledge to the students and Florian, who were all very motivated, making the cooperation a lot of fun." It's nice to know that not only the project participants but also the future students and trainees will benefit from Wolfgang and Florian's work at SALIS.