What is it?
A company that specialises in the design, installation and ongoing support of IT networks within education environments.
Who does it work with?
Switchshop has established a series of close partnerships with equipment vendors, including Ruckus (as an Elite Partner), as well as Sonicwall and Splicecom, both as an education specialist.
What makes it different?
The company has spoken of being sensitive to the numerous hurdles schools can face when it comes to creating and maintaining their network. These can include a lack of understanding within the school community as to the back-end infrastructure that will be required to properly support their needs, and the imperative of being able to securely store pupils’ personal information and photos in accordance with GDPR guidelines.
In place of a competitively-priced ‘jack of all trade’ consultant potentially lacking such infrastructure skills, Switchshop’s team of engineers will act as technical leads throughout the roll-out of a school’s IT network, making informed decisions as to the design and system most appropriate to the school.
In their own words:
Michael Curry, Director: “I think where we’ve been successful with primary schools is in offering a fine balance between helping schools understand and commit to technology, whilst always appreciating that, for primary schools in particular, sensible budget-based decisions need to be made.”